Eight US troops were killed in southern Afghanistan on Oct. 27 ahead of a run-off presidential election, the NATO-led alliance said, in the deadliest month for US forces since the start of the war eight years ago. The mounting violence comes as President Barack Obama is weighing whether to send more soldiers to Afghanistan to fight a Taliban insurgency that is at its fiercest since 2001. The foreign ministers of Russia, China and India said the world must remain engaged in Afghanistan, with Moscow seeking a greater role for regional powers to restore stability and "counter terrorism and drug trafficking." (Reuters)

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