Several Afghan security officials are show wearing body armor and holding weapons.
Afghan police arrive at the site of an attack at Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 2, 2020.
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Gunmen stormed Kabul University in Afghanistan on Monday, leaving at least 19 dead and dozens wounded. The attack lasted hours across the campus with Afghan forces and US troops battling the gunmen, who detonated explosives and fired their weapons.

The devastating onslaught was the second attack on an educational institution in Kabul in just over a week. It took place as the university held a book fair attended by the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan.

The Taliban, who are in peace-talk negotiations with the US-backed Afghan government, said their fighters were not involved in the assault. No other group immediately claimed responsibility. In photos and video posted to social media, students are shown fleeing and scrambling over the campus walls trying to escape.

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A massive typhoon struck provinces south of the Philippines capital of Manila on Sunday with winds of up to 190 mph. Government officials on Monday said 20 people were killed in Albay and Catanduane provinces in the wake of Typhoon Goni, up from the 16 people the country’s disaster agency previously reported. Amid the devastation, another storm, Atsani, is gaining strength over the Pacific Ocean and is expected to make landfall in the Philippines late this week.

And, authorities in Hong Kong arrested seven prominent Hong Kong opposition leaders on Sunday in the latest in a crackdown on anti-government activists. Police said Monday, the arrests were on charges related to obstructing a legislative council meeting in May and included former lawmakers and currently serving officials, as well as a legislator assistant. They have since been released on bail.

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Castro was originally in the race saying many things others wouldn’t. He talked about abolishing the electoral college, had the most detailed immigration policy plan, and was vocally opposed to unrepresentative Iowa and New Hampshire going first in the primary process.

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Listen: 2020 US Election: The political power of Latino youth

In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, a mariachi band waits to perform before a campaign event with former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Las Vegas. 

In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, a mariachi band waits to perform before a campaign event with former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Las Vegas. 


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