NATO airstrikes killed at least 80 people, including civilians, this morning. The target was two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by Taliban insurgents on a highway outside the northern city of Kunduz, Afghanistan. The tankers were driven to the small village of Omar Kheil where civilians were said to be siphoning fuel from the tankers at the time of the airstrike, New York Times.
Warning: Graphic video of the airstrike victims from Al Jazeera.
Protesters and police have once again clashed in the western city of Urumqi in Xinjiang province in China. The province is home to a ethnic Uighur population which is predominately Muslim, but ethnic Han Chinese have been encouraged by the Chinese government to move to the region. Tensions have exploded this summer after 200 people, mostly Han Chinese, were killed in riots. The current unrest follows charges by Han Chinese that they are being stabbed with hypodermic needles, BBC News.
A 12-minute report from France 24 with interviews with citizens of Urumqi.
In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, North Korea says it has almost completed uranium enrichment, which means the state may be close to having nuclear capabilities, Yonap News.
Today’s Big Picture features stunning photographs of the California wildfires, Big Picture. The U.S. Forest Service now says that arson was the cause of the fires. Officials are looking for clues in the area where the fire was started. If a suspect is arrested, they will likely also be charged with murder of the two firefighters who have died fighting the blaze, CNN.