Weekly news round-up: Oct. 22

Graphic by Charlotte Alden.

Graphic by Charlotte Alden.

By Matthew Farr

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Last week was a yuge week for news in the U.S. and around the world. Here is a quick summary of some of the top stories:

Battle for Mosul intensifies as ISIS counterattacks; Kurds engage
Early this week Iraqi security forces supported by Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia militants began their assault on the city of Mosul, ISIS’ last major stronghold in Iraq. The U.S.-led coalition is providing airstrikes and ground support through the operation. ISIS is not making it easy, however, as they have lined the streets with I.E.Ds, booby traps, and car bombs.

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Philippine President announces “America has lost” and switches allegiances to China
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has once again found himself in this week’s WNR after claiming that he is “separating” from the U.S. on military and possibly economic relationships. The Philippines have long enjoyed a close political and military connection, one that was strengthened after China began claiming islands in a disputed region of the South China Sea.

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STDs reach record highs in the US
Infections from STDs are up compared to last year in the U.S. according to federal health officials. Chlamydia is up by 6%, gonorrhea is up by 13%, and syphilis is up by 19%. All the diseases mentioned can be cured by antibiotics, but gonorrhea is fast becoming resistant to drugs.

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Smoke signals from the campaign trail:
Trump, Clinton, spar in final debate:
-Trump says he’ll leave everyone in “suspense” on whether he will accept the result of the election. Later, at a rally, he said he’ll accept the results… “If I win.” (click here for more)
-Clinton may have spilled classified or sensitive information about our nuclear arsenal at the debate. (more here)

-Trump, Clinton, trade zingers at Al Smith Dinner (Those two just can’t seem to get along).(here’s even more)

-Early voting looks promising for Clinton in critical swing states. (click here for more)

-Democratic Congressional Committee chairman thinks Trump is a great surrogate.(find out more here)

-Wikileaks threatens Tim Kaine, Donna Brazile, with “surprise” before Election Day, and continues to dump potentially damaging emails from the Clinton campaign. (here’s more)

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