Can this shake up the election’s home stretch? FBI officials said yesterday that they’d obtained a warrant to review new emails, found while investigating ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, that might be relevant to the Hillary Clinton inquiry, but it’s unclear if they’ll finish by Election Day. Donald Trump has seized upon the new — if uncertain — twist to take his case to blue-leaning states. While polls show a tight race, they suggest voters’ impressions are largely set as Democrats have early-voting advantages in places like Florida.
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Civilians are caught in the middle. After Russian and Syrian planes ceased airstrikes on the rebel-held city to allow non-combatants to evacuate, rebel groups are attempting to break the government’s devastating siege with an all-out assault that’s killed more than 40 civilians — including 16 children — since Friday. Though claims haven’t been independently verified, Syrian state media’s accused the rebels of firing shells filled with toxic gas, a charge the rebels deny. Meanwhile, U.N. officials say indiscriminate rocket fire into civilian areas could amount to war crimes.
They’re taking no chances. Schools are closed in Rome today over structural stability concerns after central Italy was struck by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake yesterday. About 20 people were injured but no deaths were reported, likely thanks to evacuations of vulnerable areas after two other recent quakes in the region. Hundreds of aftershocks followed Sunday morning’s tremor. Thousands have been left homeless, their houses rendered uninhabitable by the damage, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who committed 40 million euros to relief efforts after last week’s quakes, promised even more funding.
He’s planning a Brexit of his own. BoE head Mark Carney originally signed on until 2018, with the option of staying until 2021. But many who backed Britain’s Leave vote are lambasting him for what they see as pro-Remain bias prior to the EU referendum, while others worry that his departure will weaken the central bank just as Britain dives into a period of deep financial uncertainty. Carney said Monday that he’ll stay an additional year after his five-year term to “help contribute to securing an orderly transition to the UK’s new relationship with Europe.”
Know This: Charleston’s bracing as jury selection begins in the racially charged case of police officer Michael Slager, just a week before white supremacist Dylann Roof goes on trial. Iceland’s Pirate Party tripled its share of the vote in weekend elections — but that’s not enough to take power. And Morocco has been racked by protests after a fish seller was crushed in a garbage truck.
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This morbid holiday is starting to look more like Halloween. America’s longstanding fascination with the Day of the Dead is now making waves in Mexico itself. This weekend, life imitated art as Mexico City held its first-ever Dia de los Muertos parade: It wasn’t previously a tradition there, but a fictional parade featured in the recent James Bond movie Spectre. Many Mexicans welcome the new internationality, but others have criticized the cultural appropriation and Halloween-ification of the holiday, which celebrates and honors dead ancestors.
We’ve been visited by an extraterrestrial. A large asteroid passed close to Earth last night — but a new NASA computer program, Scout, gave us advance warning. Scout constantly scans images and data from the world’s most sophisticated telescopes to find asteroids zooming close to Earth — something which happens about five times a night. Scout picked up this weekend’s harmless visitor with five days’ notice. The trick is to identify which ones could potentially collide with our planet, a skill NASA hopes Scout will develop over time.
He’s a trendsetter. President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs in the Philippines — in which thousands have been killed on the streets — has drawn condemnation in the West, where drug laws are getting more liberal. But some of The Punisher’s neighbors like what they see. While countries like Indonesia and Cambodia are avoiding some of Duterte’s more appalling tactics, they have praised his aggressiveness, as capital punishment for drug offenses is on the rise — with Asia and the Middle East leading the way.
It was an off-screen fright. In a new memoir, Tippi Hedren claims that during the filming of 1963’s The Birds and 1964’s Marnie, the famed director stalked and sexually assaulted her. She says Hitchcock was possessive, often drove by her house and touched her in an inappropriate and sexual way — but that she told nobody at the time because ”sexual harassment and stalking were terms that didn’t exist.” Hitchcock died in 1980, so he cannot answer the claims in Hedren’s book, which will be released tomorrow.
It ain’t over yet. Kris Bryant’s homer sent Wrigley Field into hysterics as it sparked a three-run outburst in the fourth inning. It was all the Cubs needed as Jon Lester and Aroldis Chapman — with the longest save of his career — held Cleveland’s bats and base runners in check for a 3-2 victory. The series also stands at 3-2, though in the Indians’ favor as they return home. But Chicago has new life as it tries to pull off a comeback for the ages.