The Brief

FILE PHOTO: People dig in the rubble in an ongoing search for survivors at a site hit previously by an airstrike in the rebel-held Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo
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A 'Merciless Abyss'

Syrian government forces continued their push into rebel-held districts of Aleppo as international officials issued dire warnings of an ongoing humanitarian disaster. The U.N. said that eastern Aleppo had descended into the "merciless abyss of humanitarian catastrophe"

Shimon Peres' funeral ceremony at Knesset

World Leaders Gather for the Funeral of Shimon Peres

Israelis, along with dignitaries from around the world, gather in Jerusalem Friday for the funeral of the country's former President Shimon Peres. U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are among the world leaders attending the funeral.

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CDC Warns Pregnant Women of Zika Risk in Southeast Asia

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control advised pregnant women to avoid nonessential travel to Southeast Asia and the Maldives due to the potential risk of Zika infection, which can cause severe birth defects. Eleven countries were singled out in the advisory

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation ahead of Sept. 18 parliamentary elections on Sept. 15, 2016. Putin called on Russians to cast their ballots even though the polls are not expected to challenge his political dominance.

How Russia Wants to Undermine the U.S. Election

U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies have seen mounting evidence of an active Russian-influenced operation targeting the 2016 presidential election. It is unlikely the Russians could sway the vote but they could sow disruption and instability

Passengers rush to safety after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sept. 29, 2016.

1 Dead in N.J. Train Crash

A commuter train crashed into a station outside in Hoboken, N.J., leaving at least one person dead and 108 injured. The cause of the crash is yet to be determined, though officials said that the train entered the station at an unusually fast speed

A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, Calif., Sept. 30, 2014.

Calif. Gov. Signs 'All Gender' Single-Stall Bathroom Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Thursday that requires public single-occupancy bathrooms in the state to be gender neutral, or as the bill puts it, available for all genders. The new law is aimed at making sure public spaces are inclusive for the LGBTQ community

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Somali Officials Claim U.S. Airstrike Killed Civilians

Somali officials said that a U.S. air strike killed 22 civilians and Somali soldiers, not al-Shabab militants as the U.S. has claimed. Officials reportedly suggested that the U.S. military had been tricked into believing it was targeting extremists by a neighboring state

Signage at an early voting center on September 23, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Clinton Focuses on Early Voting in Key States

In some states, more than half of the votes will be cast before Election Day. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wants as many of her supporters to bank theirs early, and her team is gaming opportunities to find and bank millions of votes

A woman stands at the voting booth at the White Marsh Elementary School polling station, April 26, 2016 in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

How Hillary Clinton's Allies Are Expanding the Vote

From Virginia to Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, the Democratic Party's top attorneys and strategists are working on an unprecedented countrywide effort to expand its voter base by pushing for early voting and expanded access.

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Alfred Olango Shooting Raises Questions

The fatal shooting of a black man by police in El Cajon, Calif., this week stands out in part because family members say the suspect may have been mentally ill, an issue that experts say police are far too often ill-equipped to handle

President Obama speaks at the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26, 2016.

Obama Signs Bill to Keep Government Open Past Election

President Barack Obama signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week. Members of Congress will have to reach agreement on funding for the rest of the budget year when they meet in a lame-duck session after the election

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Supreme Court to Decide Disparaging Trademark Case

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to weigh in on whether the federal government’s refusal to grant offensive trademarks violates free speech, a case that could affect the Washington Redskins football team