Shutdown averted? The House is expected to pass a measure today to avert a shutdown. The measure does not include a provision to defund Planned Parenthood.
A Russian role in Syria? Russia’s upper house of parliament has voted to approve the use of military force overseas. The move could mean that Russia, which has been increasing its military presence in Syria, could enter the fight there on the side of President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. and others wants Assad ousted from power. Update: More here
Fighting rages in Kunduz: Government forces have failed to retake the Afghan city, which fell to the Taliban on Monday. Heavy fighting is continuing there and Afghan troops were aided today by two U.S. airstrikes. Kunduz is the most important city seized by the Taliban since the the group was ousted from power after the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. Update: More here
A meeting with the pope? Kim Davis’s attorney says Pope Francis met secretly with the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk during his visit to the U.S. last week. Matthew Staver, Davis’s lawyer, said he expects to get photographs of the meeting soon. The Vatican has not yet commented on the claim. Davis became famous for defying a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Update: More here
Reparations for slavery: The issue is overshadowing David Cameron’s visit to Jamaica, the first by a British prime minister to the country in 14 years. Cameron is addressing Jamaica’s parliament today. Update: More here