An Israeli airstrike in Gaza City

AP Photo / Hatem Moussa

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The Israeli government has formally declared war and over 1,100 people have died following the surprise attack and kidnappings by this Palestinian militant group.

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Which region, under the administration of the Taliban, suffered over 2,000 casualties and thousands more injuries after being hit by two 6.3-magnitude earthquakes and their aftershocks?

Two powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquakes struck Western Afghanistan, specifically northwest of Herat City. The Taliban administration, which is currently in charge, declared a state of emergency due to the catastrophic damage and the potential for more aftershocks. The World Health Organization dispatched 12 ambulances to assist in the remote areas.

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Governor Gavin Newsom of California recently vetoed Senate Bill 403, which would have explicitly prohibited this type of discrimination.

Newsom argues that existing laws already sufficiently prohibit caste-based discrimination. This decision sparked intense debate within the South Asian community. Critics of the bill felt it unfairly targeted Hindus and argued that caste discrimination is rare in the US. Supporters believe that an explicit ban would raise awareness and provide reassurance to victims.

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The September jobs report significantly surpassed expectations. Which sector of the U.S. economy led the growth?

336,000 new jobs were added in September, doubling economists' expectations of 170,000. The Leisure and Hospitality sector of the U.S. economy, which includes industries like hotels, restaurants, and amusement parks, led the growth. Other sectors, including motion picture and sound recording, saw a decrease in jobs due to labor disputes.

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At this past week’s gymnastics World Championships in Belgium, what new record did Simone Biles earn?

26-year-old Simone Biles earned 4 golds and 1 silver at the World Championships to became the most decorated gymnast in history—37 medals total between the Olympics or World Championships. She also became the oldest U.S. woman to win a World Championships medal, and led the U.S. to their seventh straight team victory.