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Trump and his allies say the election is already rigged, the FBI is investigating the firebombing of a Republican HQ in North Carolina, WikiLeaks dumps more Clinton campaign emails, and more.

by VICE Staff
Oct 17 2016, 1:30pm

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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Trump and His Friends Say Election Is Already Rigged
Donald Trump and surrogates over the weekend stepped up claims the election is being "rigged" by media bias and Democratic Party voter fraud. Trump tweeted Sunday that the election is "absolutely being rigged" by the media and "at many polling places." His cheerleader, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, said that "dead people generally vote for Democrats," while former GOP House speaker Newt Gingrich singled out Philadelphia—which can tilt potentially decisive electoral college vote prize Pennsylvania—as ground zero for vote-rigging. —Bloomberg

Three Arrested After Tyson Gay's Daughter Killed in Shooting
US sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter was killed in a shooting in Lexington, Kentucky. Trinity Gay was shot in the neck during an exchange of fire between two vehicles in a restaurant parking lot early Sunday. Police have charged Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, Chazerae Taylor, 38, and D'markeo Taylor, 19, with wanton endangerment. —WKYT

FBI Investigates Firebombing of GOP HQ in North Carolina
Police in North Carolina are investigating after a Republican Party office in the state was firebombed and another building tagged with graffiti warning "Nazi Republicans" to "leave town or else." The FBI is assisting local police in Hillsborough after the graffiti—swastika and all—was discovered Sunday morning. No one has been reported injured in the attack. —NBC News

WikiLeaks Dumps More Clinton Campaign Emails
WikiLeaks has released yet another cache of Hillary Clinton insider emails apparently hacked from the account of her campaign chairman, John Podesta. The release includes discussion of appealing to black voters and how the candidate can effectively apologize. —USA Today

International News

Iraqi Military Launches Operation to Retake Mosul from ISIS
The massive effort to retake the pivotal Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State is officially underway. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the assault conducted by the Iraqi government and Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by a US-led coalition, on early Monday. The UN estimates up to 1 million people could be displaced from the city during the operation. —Al Jazeera

Prison Riot in Brazil Leaves 25 Dead
At least 25 inmates in a prison in Boa Vista, Brazil, died in fights over the weekend. Seven of the dead were reportedly beheaded and six others burned to death. —AFP

Thai General Election to Go Ahead in 2017
A general election will take place in Thailand late next year as planned, local media reported Monday, as Thais continue to grieve over the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The head of Thailand's royal advisory council, Prem Tinsulanonda, will stand in as regent until Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn formally succeeds the king. —Reuters

Nigerian Schoolgirls Reunite with Families
Twenty-one schoolgirls freed from captivity last week by Islamist group Boko Haram have been reunited with their families in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. A government official said talks were underway to free more girls kidnapped in Chibok in 2014. Of 276 girls kidnapped, 197 remain unaccounted for. —BBC News

Everything Else

'The Accountant' Debuts at No.1 at the Box Office
Ben Affleck's new movie The Accountant exceeded expectations by opening to $24.7 million this weekend and reaching No.1 at the box office despite mediocre reviews. Last week's No.1, The Girl on the Train, fell to third, taking just under $12 million. —The Wall Street Journal

Alec Baldwin Endorses Charlie Brown
The actor endorsed Charlie Brown in a promo video for Peanuts Rock the Vote, a website where people can register to vote, and also vote for their favorite Peanuts character. "Charlie Brown persevered, and so did I," says Baldwin. —The Huffington Post

European Probe Descends Toward Mars
A European Space Agency probe has left its mothership after a seven-month journey from Earth and is headed toward the surface of Mars. Schiaparelli is Europe's first attempt in almost 15 years to land an exploratory rover on Mars. —The Guardian

Killer Mike Is Open to Anti-Vax Movement
Rapper Killer Mike said he was "open" to the anti-vaccination movement. "I am very open to hear from anti-Vax'ers," he wrote on Twitter, before posting a picture of Andrew Wakefield's discredited 2016 documentary Vaxxed. —Noisey

Uber CEO and Pittsburg Mayor Discussed State Fines
When Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto wrote a letter to Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission—which slapped Uber with a $11.4 million fine—pleading for leniency on behalf of the company, it was written at the behest of the ride-share giant, according to emails obtained by Motherboard. —Motherboard

Almost 200 Countries Agree to Phase Out Greenhouse Gas
Nearly 200 countries have agreed to the early phase out of a potent greenhouse gas that is projected to warm the planet 0.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. At a UN conference in Rwanda, negotiators agreed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons. —VICE News