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At least 35 people are dead including 24 children after a man armed with a gun and knife stormed a nursery in northeast Thailand, police said. Hurricane Ian is disrupting Florida's midterm election in heavily red regions of the state. French writer Annie Ernaux was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature
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35 killed in attack beginning at Thailand childcare center
A gunman killed at least 24 children and 11 adults Thursday in an attack that began at a childcare center in northeastern Thailand. The initial attack came at about 12:30 p.m. when the man, identified as a former police officer, entered the childcare center in the town of Nongbua Lamphu, authorities said. Police say the man then fled the scene, shooting from his car as he drove home, where he killed his wife and child before taking his own life. A spokesperson said the fatalities also include two teachers and one police officer. Read more
What Hurricane Ian means for the midterms — and 2024
Hurricane Ian is significantly disrupting Florida's midterm election in a highly-populated and heavily-Republican region, potentially impacting voter turnout in part of the state that's critical for the reelection bids of Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Ian slammed into Southwest Florida as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, with the most significant damage in four coastal counties with a combined 1.3 million voters. Read more
One thing to know: The region's strong Republican tilt makes it essential to the GOP's playbook for winning statewide races in Florida.
Hurricane Ian previews the 2024 election: In visiting Florida post-hurricane, President Joe Biden has found himself in the crosswinds of two potential 2024 re-election opponents, Former President Donald Trump and current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
"We are working as one": DeSantis has put aside his challenges to Biden on immigration and other issues to work closely with Washington.
Who rebuilds Florida: Experts predict migrants will descend on Florida to help repair properties after the deadly storm, putting their lives at danger for little pay.
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Putin seizes Europe's largest nuclear plant
One person was killed and five others were trapped when seven Russian rockets slammed into residential buildings in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Thursday morning. The region of Zaporizhzhia is home to Europe’s largest nuclear plant, now under Russian occupation, and the city of the same name remains under Ukrainian control. The plant has been the focus of deep global concern. Both sides blame each other for bombings that have damaged parts of the plant and threaten to trigger a catastrophe, international nuclear experts warn. Read more
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Dramatic rescues as boats sink off Greece
Two boats carrying migrants have sunk in separate incidents in Greek waters, leaving 17 people dead. The coast guard said 16 of the bodies were young African women, while one was a young man. They had been recovered near the eastern island of Lesbos after a dinghy carrying about 40 people sank. Hundreds of miles to the west, locals pulled survivors to safety up steep cliffs by rope as others were buffeted by waves as they waited their turn on tiny areas of rock at the bottom. See video of the rescue
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French writer Annie Ernaux awarded Nobel Prize in literature
This year’s Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to French author Annie Ernaux. The 82-year-old was cited for “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory,” the Nobel committee said. Last year’s prize went to U.K.-based Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose novels explore the impact of migration on individuals and societies. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday.
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📷 Photo of the day: Best of the 2022 MLS season📷
The 2022 Major League Soccer playoffs will take place earlier than usual this year in order to be completed with time to spare before the start of the World Cup in Qatar. The 14-team playoffs kick off Oct. 15 and will conclude with the 27th edition of MLS Cup on Nov. 5. Click here to see more of the best photos from this year's MLS season.
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