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.
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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 pm 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 US 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 post-hurricane Florida, 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
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 thousands 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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Nobel panel to announce winner of literature prize
The winner of the Nobel Prize in literature will be announced Thursday at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. While the award is notoriously unpredictable, one clear contender is Salman Rushdie, the India-born writer and free-speech advocate who spent years in hiding after Iran’s clerical rulers called him for his death over his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses.” The 75-year-old was stabbed and seriously injured in August at a festival in New York state. Read more
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