The Brief

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Senate Passes Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government running through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The vote came after leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint address its water crisis

Miscellaneous Drugs

Painkillers Like Ibuprofen Linked to Heart Problems

Painkillers are effective at numbing everything from the inflammation that comes with infection to headaches and the achy joints of arthritis. But recent studies have exposed some serious side effects, including increased risk of heart events

China Typhoon

32 People Are Missing Following Landslides in China

At least 32 people were reported missing Thursday after hillsides collapsed onto villages in southeastern China following a typhoon. The landslides were triggered by torrential rain brought by Typhoon Megi, which has already killed several people, and caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights

Medics inspect the damage outside a field hospital after an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo

U.N. Criticized Over Failure to Stop Hospital Attacks

The U.N. Security Council came under sharp criticism for its failure to implement a resolution aimed at protecting medical facilities and staff in conflict zones from Syria to Yemen and Afghanistan. Two hospitals in Aleppo were bombed Wednesday

Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders In New Hampshire

Sanders and Clinton Present Debt-Free College Plan

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders promoted a plan for debt-free college at a campaign event in Durham, New Hampshire, marking the second joint appearance on the campaign trail for the two former Democratic primary opponents

OPEC meetings in Algeria

OPEC Reaches Preliminary Accord to Curb Oil Output

OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, immediately pushing up oil prices. The deal will limit OPEC output to 32.5 million barrels per day

A Malaysian air crash investigator inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 22, 2014.

MH17 Probe Points at Russia

A two-year investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014 has concluded that the missile responsible was not just made in Russia, but also fired from a separatist area of Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian rebels