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An Afghanistan-based reporter says the Taliban's goal in fighting for control of Kunduz has more to do with scoring PR points than with making lasting gains on the ground. Taliban fighters have also been posting selfies of themselves in Kunduz, and that marks a big shift for these militants, whose radical interpretation of Islam has long forbidden the use of the Internet. Now they're using the web to promote their cause. Plus, we hear a very personal story many second- and third-generation Americans can relate to about the language gap that often exists between different generations of an immigrant family.
Russia launches airstrikes in Syria, just days after President Obama and President Putin offer visions for ending the civil war there. What's Putin up to? Also, Canadian cartoonist Kate Beaton takes on a number of famous figures, both historical and imagined, in her new book. Plus, you might want to hold off using the toothpaste with those little pieces of plastic in it.
Taliban fighters have taken over the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Today, Afghan troops, backed by US airstrikes, launched a counter-offensive. We'll get the latest from Kabul. Plus, we'll bring you the story of a pioneering Nigerian journalist and activist who was among those killed in the crush of the Hajj crowd in Saudi Arabia last week. Also, our own Kierran Petersen takes us into the wild world of an online game that has fans around the globe riveted.
World leaders are converging on New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly. All eyes were on President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both of whom spoke Monday morning at UN headquarters. The two leaders are also supposed to meet for talks focusing on Syria and Ukraine. Also, it's been a year since 43 Mexican students went missing. We hear from an activist who wants to keep the memory of those disappeared students alive. Plus, our language editor Patrick Cox invites you to invent your own English words.
We're going to take break from the grind of life here on Earth, and talk a bit about Pluto. New photos of Pluto are being sent back by NASA's New Horizon spacecraft. Plus, we'll have the latest from Saudi Arabia a day after a deadly stampede at the yearly pilgrimage, the Hajj. We also hear the crazy tale of an Englishman who chucked it all in to go gold prospecting in California.
Pope Francis became the first Pontiff to speak before a joint US Congress on Thursday. He used the opportunity to talk about everything from climate change to the global arms trade. And, as the Pope heads to New York, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for meetings with President Obama in Washington. We also speak with a Pakistani comedian who's got some pretty funny things to say about Ahmed Mohamed and his clock.