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In our news wrap Monday, Islamic State attackers stormed Kabul University, touching off a gun battle that killed at least 22 people. Security officials said three gunmen struck during a book fair; all of them were killed after the hours-long fight. Also, Germany began a four-week partial shutdown due to the pandemic, with Chancellor Angela Merkel declaring that “the autumn has crashed in on us.”
In today's other news: COVID-19 deaths topped 1.2 million worldwide, including more than 230,000 in the U.S. In Europe, the Italian government announced that it's closing shopping malls on weekends and limiting people's movements. Germany began a four-week partial shutdown.
Angela Merkel (through translator):
All things considered, we had a relatively relaxed summer, where people could make use of a lot of leisure activities.
But now the autumn has crashed in on us. I can understand that it is difficult and that there's some resistance. But it isn't a political thing that we created.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed a new lockdown effective Thursday. He faces criticism that he should have acted much earlier.
Authorities in Vienna, Austria, say there has been an apparent terrorist attack in Vienna tonight. They say multiple gunmen opened fire at six sites in the city center. They say two people were killed, including one attacker, and 15 injured. It happened near a Jewish synagogue which was closed at the time.
In Afghanistan, Islamic State attackers stormed Kabul University today, touching off a gun battle that left at least 22 people dead. Security officials said that three gunman struck during a book fair and all were killed after the hours-long fight. Families of students waited anxiously for word of their fates.
Mohammad Omar (through translator):
At least I want to know if he died. I just want to know something about him. Police and the security forces don't allow us to go into the campus. I searched all the hospitals, and, still, I have no news.
The ambassador to Afghanistan from Iran was supposed to be at the book fair. It is unclear if the attackers knew that.
Thousands of Muslims demonstrated in Indonesia today over cartoons in France that mock the Prophet Mohammed. Crowds massed in Jakarta, capital of the world's largest Muslim-majority country. They condemned French President Macron's refusal to ban the cartoons. There have been similar protests across the Muslim world.
Emergency workers in Turkey have rescued two children three days after an earthquake that killed 94 people. Applause broke out today as crews in Izmir carried a 3-year-old girl wrapped in a foil blanket to an ambulance. Efforts to find other survivors continued.
A potentially catastrophic hurricane is bearing down on Central America tonight. Eta is already a Category 4 and could get even stronger. It's on track to strike Nicaragua overnight with winds of at least 130 miles an hour and up to three feet of rain across the region.
And on Wall Street, rallied from last week's losses after reports on corporate profits and manufacturing came in better than expected. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 423 points to close at 26925. The Nasdaq rose 46 points, and the S&P 500 added 40.
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