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Brazil presidential election: Bolsonaro and Lula head to run-off

In Brazil, no presidential candidate earned enough votes on Sunday to win the election outright, forcing the top two — current President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — into a run-off on Oct. 30. With about 99.6 percent of the votes counted, da Silva — known as Lula — has 48.3 percent of the vote, while Bolsonaro has 43.3 percent. Nine other candidates were also… → Read More

American vets captured in Ukraine detail what it was like being in Russian custody

Alex Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh are sharing for the first time since their release from Russian custody details on what happened to them after they were captured in Ukraine on June 9. Drueke, 40, and Huynh, 27, spoke with The Washington Post about the interrogations and physical and psychological abuse they went through. The military veterans — Drueke served in the U.S. Army, and Huynh in the… → Read More

Putin acknowledges 'mistakes' with draft

Amid ongoing protests over his mobilization of reservists, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted on Thursday some "mistakes" have been made, with men who qualify for deferments still being drafted. This has raised "many questions," Putin said during a meeting with security officials that aired on state television, adding, "all mistakes must be corrected and prevented from happening in the… → Read More

Rapper Coolio dies at 59

Coolio, the Grammy Award-winning rapper whose 1995 hit "Gangsta's Paradise" became one of the genre's most successful songs of all time, died on Wednesday. He was 59. Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Pennsylvania, Coolio later moved to Compton, California, where he was part of the hip hop group WC and the Maad Circle. He gained worldwide fame in 1994 with "Fantastic Voyage," the lead single from his… → Read More

Hurricane Ian hits Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm

12:45 a.m. — In Fort Myers, portions of the city are under three to four feet of water, the city government shared on Facebook late Wednesday. Officials are asking residents to conserve water and "please have patience as we do our best to reach all residents in need." Police and fire fighters are "responding to structure fires, extensive flooding, and some life-threatening conditions," the city… → Read More

Ian could become 1st major hurricane to hit Tampa in more than 100 years

Tampa Bay is bracing for what could be its first hit from a major hurricane in 101 years. Hurricane Ian, which made landfall Tuesday morning in Cuba, is expected to reach western Florida on Wednesday afternoon or evening as a strong Category 3 storm. Residents of Tampa, Fort Myers, and Sarasota are being encouraged to evacuate, with the National Hurricane Center warning of "a danger of… → Read More

Report: Secret Service turned over 24 cellphones as part of missing texts probe

In July, the Secret Service took the cellphones of 24 agents who responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and turned them over to the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, two people with knowledge of the matter told NBC News. This took place around the time Inspector General Joseph Cuffari's office launched a criminal investigation into missing text messages sent by Secret Service… → Read More

NASA's DART mission is a success as it crashes into asteroid

A NASA spacecraft successfully slammed into an asteroid on Monday evening, testing technology that could be used in the future to protect Earth. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft hit the asteroid at 14,000 miles per hour, in a test to see if DART could knock it off its path. NASA is looking for ways to defend the planet from asteroids and smaller objects hurtling through… → Read More

17 killed, dozens wounded in school shooting in Russia

At least 17 people were killed and 24 others injured during a shooting Monday at School No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia. Authorities said 11 children were killed in the attack, as well as a school security guard and two teachers. The gunman has been identified as Artyom Kazantsev, 34, a former student at the school. Kazantsev was a patient at a local psychiatric facility, and arrived at the school… → Read More

Rihanna to headline 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Rihanna will be the headline performer at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show, it was announced on Sunday, in what will be the artist's first public performance in five years. "Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn," Roc Nation founder Jay-Z said in a statement. "A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of… → Read More

Rep. Jamie Raskin: Jan. 6 committee 'aware of' call from White House to rioter

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said during Sunday's Meet the Press that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack is "aware of" a call being made that day between the White House switchboard and one of the rioters. He can't "say anything specific about that particular call," Raskin continued, but the panel knows about it and "lots of contacts between the people in the White… → Read More

At least 9 killed in Iran as protests over woman's death grow

Mass protests are taking over the streets in at least a dozen cities across Iran, with demonstrators showing their outrage over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody. Amini was arrested in Tehran last Tuesday while visiting the city with her family. She was detained by the morality police, accused of violating the strict dress code for women. Amini died on Friday, and her… → Read More

Michael Cohen: New York lawsuit will 'put an end' to the Trump Organization

Michael Cohen, former President Donald Trump's onetime fixer and personal attorney, says he was relieved on Wednesday when New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office is suing Trump and three of his adult children for fraud, alleging they falsely inflating the value of Trump Organization assets for years in order to gain economic benefits. During an appearance on MSNBC's… → Read More

Over 1,250 demonstrators arrested in Russia at anti-mobilization protests

More than 1,250 protesters were arrested across Russia on Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists, the human rights watchdog OVD-Info said. Putin is looking to bulk up his forces in Ukraine, where Russia has had high battlefield losses and recently lost ground during a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said… → Read More

UN secretary general calls for windfall tax on fossil fuel companies: 'Polluters must pay'

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres is urging the world's developed countries to tax the windfall profits of fossil fuel companies and redirect the money to "countries suffering loss and damage caused by the climate crisis and to people struggling with rising food and energy prices." Speaking on Tuesday to the UN General Assembly, Guterres said the world is "in big trouble," and a… → Read More

Special master tells Trump attorneys he needs answers on declassification claims

During his first hearing as the special master reviewing documents seized from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, Judge Raymond Dearie on Tuesday pushed Trump's attorneys to answer whether or not their client declassified the material marked top secret. The attorneys seemed resistant to Dearie's request that they show proof of Trump declassifying the documents, with one lawyer,… → Read More

Sherri Papini sentenced to 18 months in prison for elaborate kidnapping hoax

Sherri Papini, a Northern California woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to lying to federal agents about being kidnapped, was sentenced on Monday to 18 months in prison. Papini, 40, created a "nonsensical fantasy," her lawyer said, referring to Papini claiming in November 2016 that she had been abducted at gunpoint by two Latinas. Papini had been missing for 22 days, and when she… → Read More

Ukraine's defense ministry calls Russian missile strike 'nuclear terrorism'

A Russian missile struck within 328 yards of three reactors at the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant on Monday, Ukrainian officials said. This is the country's second-largest nuclear power station, and Ukraine's Defense Ministry called the attack an act of "nuclear terrorism." Energoatom, Ukraine's nuclear operator, said the missile left a hole nearly seven feet deep and 13 feet wide. While… → Read More

How to watch the queen's funeral in the U.S.

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Who is going to win the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize?

Every year, the director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo puts together their own personal shortlist for the Peace Prize, and both Tsikhanouskaya and Navalny made Henrik Urdal's 2022 list. Tsikhanouskaya is a leader of the non-violent movement against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Urdal writes, calling for fair elections and an end to state-sanctioned brutality against… → Read More