Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:

Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:


-U.S. plans to curb military aid to Egypt—The Obama administration will announce curbs on a significant part of nonessential military aid to Egypt within a few days, U.S. officials said Tuesday, marking a shift in America’s relations with one of its key Arab allies. Officials would not provide figures about how much of the annual $1.2 billion in military aid would be withheld, but they said the primary focus will be a hold on the shipment of a dozen AH-64D Apache helicopters from an order placed four years ago, report Anne Gearan and Scott Wilson.


-In Afghanistan, villagers and government battle over blame for coal mine collapse—Afghanistan’s mining industry was supposed to lift this remote village from poverty. Instead, the mine disaster has left dozens of families devastated and led to a bitter dispute over who is to blame. The government claims the Taliban blew up the mine. Locals say it collapsed because of government incompetence. Who killed the miners of Ab­khor­ak? The question haunting this tiny village reflects a bigger problem chipping away at Afghanistan’s democracy: the lack of government credibility more than a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban, reports Kevin Sieff.


-Taliban renews threat against Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai as Nobel decision nears—The Taliban has issued a new threat against Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by one of its fighters a year ago after she refused to halt her efforts to expose the plight of schoolgirls in northwestern Pakistan, reports Tim Craig.


-Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner undergoes brain surgery—Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner underwent a successful surgical procedure Tuesday to remove a blood clot close to her brain as her enforced absence threatens to generate political uncertainty in the country she has dominated for years, reports Juan Forero.



-Many remain locked out of federal health-care Web site—Major insurers, state health-care officials and Democratic allies repeatedly warned the Obama administration in recent months that the new federal health-insurance exchange had significant problems, according to people familiar with the conversations. Despite those warnings and intense criticism from Republicans, the White House proceeded with an Oct. 1 launch, report Juliet Eilperin, Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashekhar.


-Why John Boehner might have no choice but ‘unconditional surrender’—The biggest takeaway from President Obama’s Tuesday press conference was confirmation that he would sit down and negotiate with Republicans if they passed short-term “clean” bills to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. The thing is, it might be Boehner’s best and only option for ending the standoff that has seized Washington, reports Sean Sullivan.


-OPINION by Eric Cantor: Divided government requires bipartisan negotiation—For three years, Congress and the White House have been building to this moment. Not the debt limit or Obamacare specifically, but this clarifying moment of Washington dysfunction. President Obama has led us here by continually thwarting the will of Congress and dismissing its role in our constitutional republic. This must end.

OPINION by Chris Mathews: Breaking the deadlock on Pennsylvania Avenue


-PostTV’s In Play: What would a GOP government look like?—Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold looks at the different parts of government House Republicans have voted to fund amidst the shutdown.

Lawmakers trying to reopen government piece by piece by David Fahrenthold


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