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Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to bolster his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on October 18.

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The Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon—a rare incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes in the years since Syria’s civil war began in 2011.

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An immigration boom since 2000 has caused the number of immigrants in the United States, both legal and illegal and including U.S.-born children, to hit a record high of 60 million, according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies.

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Austria is poised to lurch politically to the right after voters helped install a nationalist party in government.

Austria’s Interior Ministry says results from elections on October 15 show the center-right People’s Party, headed by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, secured the most votes, putting the 31-year old on track to become Europe’s youngest leader. Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Mr. Kurz’s party received 31.4 percent of the vote, a gain of more than 7 percentage points from the 2013 election. Mr. Kurz described the jump in support as the biggest in party history.

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Mogadishu, a city long accustomed to deadly bombings by terror group al-Shabab, was stunned by the force of Saturday’s blast. The explosion shattered hopes of recovery in an impoverished country left fragile by decades of conflict, and it again raised doubts over the government’s ability to secure the seaside city of more than 2 million people.

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As California’s wildfires continue to leave destruction and death in their wakes, an Associated Press reporter offers a first-person view on what it is like to leave everything behind.

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President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred “Obamacare.”

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Rising winds fanned the California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state’s fabled wine country and threatening to undo the efforts of crews who have spent days trying to corral the flames behind firebreaks.

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Catalonia’s leader faced mounting pressure Friday from all sides, with hardliners in the separatist movement demanding he declare independence from Spain once and for all. Spain’s government and the European Union, on the other hand, want him to abandon the secession plans altogether.

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The United States announced October 12 it is pulling out of the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for “fundamental reform” in the agency.

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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday shocked the country by withdrawing his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court, saying the election commission has not made changes to avoid the “irregularities and illegalities” cited in the nullified August vote.

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Iran on October 11 warned of a tough response if President Donald Trump presses ahead with his threats to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

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Every time there’s a mass shooting, Adrian Littlefield relives the one that nearly killed him half a century ago when a sniper perched high in a tower fired down on a Texas college campus. There have been dozens of rampages since then, each one a reminder of how his life was forever changed by a stranger bent on mayhem.

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The northeastern region of Catalonia, one of Spain’s autonomous regions, is threatening to declare its independence from Spain following a disputed referendum that, it says, gave it a mandate to break away.

Here’s a look at how Spain got to this point and what may happen next.

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Puerto Rico’s central government and various municipalities and other local governments are suffering unsustainable cash shortfalls as Maria has choked off revenues and strained resources. The administration’s request, so far delivered informally, would provide $4.9 billion for Puerto Rico and its local jurisdictions.

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Authorities in Madagascar are struggling to contain an outbreak of plague that has killed two dozen people in recent weeks and has prompted a ban on large public gatherings in the capital to curb the disease’s spread.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that his government fully supports the U.S. stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table.

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NATO does not want a “new Cold War” with Russia, despite members’ concerns about the Russian military buildup close to NATO’s border, the chief of the military alliance said Monday.

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When researchers collected honey samples from around the world, they found that three-quarters of them had a common type of pesticide suspected of playing a role in the decline of bees. Even honey from the island paradise of Tahiti had the chemical.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

The results from the CDC are alarming given that approximately 71 percent—more than 200 million Americans—are classified as either overweight or obese, meaning that they have a body mass index of 25 or higher.

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North Korea is using illegal weapons sales to circumvent sanctions, which U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called in August “the most stringent set…on any country in a generation.”

The Washington Post called the sales an “increasingly vital financial lifeline for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”

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Just hours after Stephen Paddock unleashed a hail of bullets on a country music festival in Las Vegas, the Islamic State group issued a flurry of statements claiming the 64-year-old gunman as one of its own. The quick responsibility claim—discounted by FBI officials—is the latest in a series of dubious or seemingly fake ISIS claims, reflecting the extremists’ eagerness to latch onto global attacks it can tout as its own as it fights for survival in its Mideast base.

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  • AMERICAS

The justices will hear important cases that touch on the rights of same-sex couples and religious freedoms, the polarized American electorate, the government’s ability to track people without search warrants, employees’ rights to band together over workplace disputes, and states’ rights to allow betting on professional and college sporting events.

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Four of Britain’s key manufacturing industries—automobiles, technology, health care and consumer goods—would lose $23 billion of exports annually if trade between the two sides reverts to World Trade Organization rules, according to the study by international law firm Baker McKenzie.

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Across the globe, the slave trade is alive and well—and with a staggering number of victims. The organization Freedom United estimates that 40.3 million people are enslaved worldwide. In addition, the International Labor Organization “estimates that 20.9 million people are subjected to forced labor, 14.2 million (68%) of whom are exploited in activities such as agriculture, construction, domestic work, and manufacturing, and 4.5 million (22%) of whom are exploited for sex.”

Of trafficking victims, 79 percent are women and children.

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  • AMERICAS

A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino unleashed a shower of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 58 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers reported on September 28.

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