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The first is­sue of the French-lan­guage Le Bul­letin Of­fi­ciel de l’Ex­pe­di­tion de la Cochin­chine (south­ern Vieät Nam) is pub­lished un­der the spon­sor­ship of the French gov­er­nor of Cochinchina. Ru­dolf Diesel, French in­ven­tor of the diesel in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine, dis­ap­pears at sea, pre­sum­ably drown­ing in the English Chan­nel.

Bri­tain be­gins to gov­ern Pales­tine un­der a man­date from the League of Na­tions.

The Mu­nich agree­ment is signed be­tween France, Ger­many, Bri­tain and Italy, in which the Ger­man-speak­ing part of Cze­choslo­vakia, the Sude­ten­land, is sur­ren­dered to Nazi Ger­many.

The Ger­mans kill 33,771 Jewish men, women and chil­dren over two days in the Babi Yar mas­sacre at a ravine near Kiev.

An In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund meet­ing in Rio de Janeiro reaches agree­ment on the cre­ation of a new in­ter­na­tional mon­e­tary unit, the Spe­cial Draw­ing Right.

China and Ja­pan nor­malise re­la­tions. Bos­nia’s first post-war elec­tions are watched by in­ter­na­tional groups that cer­tify vic­to­ries by na­tion­al­ist par­ties and the new pres­i­dent, Alija Izetbe­govic.

Eight par­ties sched­uled to take part in the North­ern Ire­land peace talks meet to set a for­mal agenda for ne­go­ti­a­tions that for the first time will see pro-British union­ists and sup­port­ers of the Ir­ish Repub­li­can Army gather to ham­mer out agree­ments.

Of­fi­cials in main­land China and Hong Kong dis­close de­tails of their trade agree­ment pact, CEPA. It will pro­vide a tar­iff-free en­try for all Hong Kong goods ex­ported to the main­land by 2006.

The Vat­i­can, in its first speech ever to the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly’s an­nual au­tumn ses­sion for world lead­ers, calls for a to­tal ban on hu­man cloning and crit­i­cises the war in Iraq and uni­lat­eral re­sponses to ter­ror­ism.

Iran’s nu­clear chief says the coun­try’s new ura­nium en­rich­ment site was built for max­i­mum pro­tec­tion from aerial at­tack: carved into a moun­tain and near a mil­i­tary com­pound of the pow­er­ful Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials say a ter­ror plot to wage Mum­bai-style shoot­ing sprees or other at­tacks in Bri­tain, France and Ger­many is still ac­tive and that re­cent CIA strikes in Pak­istan were aimed at al-Qaeda op­er­a­tives sus­pected in the threat. Hun­dreds of Libyans con­verge on a main square in Beng­hazi and an­other in Tripoli in re­sponse to a call from the mil­i­tary to hand over their weapons, some driv­ing in with ar­moured per­son­nel car­ri­ers, tanks and ve­hi­cles with mounted anti-air­craft guns and hun­dreds of rocket launch­ers.

The death toll from a build­ing that col­lapsed in Mum­bai rises to 60 as the res­cue op­er­a­tion is called off. Afghanistan swears in Ashraf Ghani as its sec­ond elected pres­i­dent em­bark­ing on a new era with a na­tional unity gov­ern­ment poised to con­front the Tal­iban.

The UN’s chil­dren’s char­ity UNICEF has called the ef­fect of the war in Aleppo on chil­dren as the worst seen since the con­flict be­gan, and says at least 96 chil­dren have been killed and 223 have been in­jured in East­ern Aleppo. A Mex­ico City bor­ough pres­i­dent says pre­vi­ous of­fi­cials ig­nored warn­ings that unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion work had dam­aged the struc­tural in­tegrity of sev­eral build­ings in the city. The over­all death toll from the mag­ni­tude 7.1 quake which hit Septem­ber 19 now stands at at least 358 peo­ple. — AP/REUTERS/ VNS

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