The Brief

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump rallies with supporters at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSPRFI
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Barack Obama speaks during the funeral of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery on Sept. 30, 2016.

Obama Hails Shimon Peres' Unfulfilled Dream of Peace

President Obama hailed Shimon Peres at his funeral for understanding that the Palestinians must be seen as equal in dignity to Jews and equal in self-determination and that the Zionist idea would be protected when Palestinians have a state of their own

Sequence of images captured by Rosetta during its descent to the surface of Comet 67P/C-G on Sept. 30, 2016.

Rosetta Crash Lands to End 12-Year Trip

Europe's comet-chasing space probe Rosetta performed its final task, dipping out of orbit for a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it has been following for more than a decade

Peyton Manning Visits Beijing

Pro Football Is Coming to China

The CAFL, or Chinese Arena Football League, kicks off in Beijing on Saturday as the nation’s first professional American Football league. The NFL and Arena Football both have eyes on stealing the China prize

Voter registration booth detail at TOMS, Rock The Vote And Bad Robot Host "VOTE2016" Conversation Regarding 2016 Election at Bad Robot on March 10, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.

Hackers Targeted Voter Registration Systems: Official

A Homeland Security Department official says hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states. The FBI last month warned state officials to improve their election security after hackers targeted systems in Illinois and Arizona

Members of law enforcement investigate an area at Townville Elementary School, in South Carolina on Sept. 28, 2016.

14-Year-Old Charged in S.C. Shooting

A 14-year-old South Carolina boy accused of killing his father and wounding three people during a school shooting has been charged as a juvenile with murder and three counts of attempted murder. The teen appeared in juvenile court wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit without any restraints


Investigators Examine Hoboken Crash

Federal investigators are trying to determine what happened before a commuter train barreled through a station and crashed into a barrier, causing a young mother to be killed by falling debris and injuring more than 100 other people

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 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

People inspect the damage at a site hit overnight by an air strike in the rebel-held area of Seif al-Dawla neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, Sept. 30, 2016.

Besieged Aleppo Has Descended Into a 'Merciless Abyss'

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


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

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks to sailors on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson at Naval Air Station, North Island in Coronado, Calif., Sept. 29, 2016.

The U.S. Looks to 'Sharpen Military Edge' in Asia

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. will "sharpen our military edge" in Asia and the Pacific in order to remain a dominant power in a region feeling the effects of China's rising military might

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