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Trump says US election has been rigged
In the third and final debate before the US presidential election on November 8th, the Republican candidate Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by refusing to say he would accept the result if he loses to his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. With Trump trailing in the polls, he is already claiming that the election is being rigged for his defeat: "Millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn't be registered to vote." Clinton said Trump is setting a dangerous precedent by calling the US electoral system into question: "We've accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election."
Theresa May to meet with EU leaders
British Prime Minister Theresa May will be holding her first talks with European Union leaders later today. At a summit in Brussels, she's expected to reiterate that the U.K.'s decision to leave the bloc is irreversible. EU leaders will also be discussing migration, and relations with Russia as well as trade, notably Belgium's blockage of an agreement on an EU-Canada trade pact.
Truce appears to be holding in Yemen
Parties to the war in Yemen - in which at least 10-thousand people have died - appear to be honoring a 72-hour truce that began yesterday. The capital Sanaa passed its first night in three months without air strikes. Jaimie McGoldrick is the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen: "For the most part, we see that there is silence and that's an opportunity for people to get some respite from the fighting that's going on...and some of the shelling. And we hope to use the opportunity to move into areas that have been cut off for some months now."
Controversial ceasefire begins in Aleppo
The Syrian military says a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia has come into force to allow people to leave the besieged city of Aleppo, but rebels have rejected the move as part of a psychological campaign to get them to surrender. Intensified Russian and Syrian bombing of rebel-held parts of Aleppo in the past weeks has hit hospitals, bakeries and water pumping stations, and killed hundreds of civilians. The 250,000 civilians still trapped inside the besieged rebel held parts of the city have so far stayed away from the exit corridors.
European scientists still searching for Mars lander
Scientists at the European Space Agency are still trying to understand whether a European lander successfully touched down on the planet Mars as planned, or crashed and broke apart. Scientist, Manesh Patel, is on the team trying to unravel the mystery: "We made it through the atmospere. We got most of the way down, but we just didn't get to the final landing on the surface itself. So we're just trying to figure out what really happened."
Continued light rainfall is forecast for the south and east. Regions west of Upper Austria can look forward to drier conditions with occasional sunny periods. Highs ranging from 2 to 13 degrees.