Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today's top stories


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Nov. 3, 2015.

Doubts linger about possible explosion in crash of Russian jet

While investigators have so far found no evidence of "explosive impact" on the victims of MetroJet Flight 9268, U.S. officials say an American satellite detected a mid-air "flash" of heat at the time of the crash. Militants linked to the Islamic State have claimed credit for downing the plane, but a terrorist attack cannot be confirmed.

[Read more from CNN]

Not so supreme: Taco Bell exec faces charges in Uber driver's beating

Benjamin Golden, a marketing manager for Irvine, California-based Taco Bell is no longer with the company following charges that he threw punches at the head of an Uber driver in Costa Mesa. The victim described the 32-year-old Golden as drunk. Video from the incident has gone viral.

(Warning: Video above contains intense language)

[Read more from the Los Angeles Times]

Death rate among middle-aged whites rising for first time in decades

New research from Princeton University shows that the death rate for middle-aged white Americans has increased half a percentage point each year for the last decade and a half. This marks the first such pattern since the 1960s, researchers say. Substance abuse issues and suicides are thought to play a role.

[Read more from NPR]

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