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• A train crashed into a crowd celebrating Dusshera, a Hindu festival that was located near Amritsar, India leaving 59 people dead and 90 with injuries on October 19. Part of the celebratory crowd moved onto the train tracks and many family members as well as friends protested on the same tracks the following day. Protesters have demanded action against the driver of the train and answers from the state government. • The Ocean Cleanup Foundation has been testing out a new approach to collect pollution in the Pacific Ocean for the past five years. The 2,000 foot long pipe is named “Wilson” and is in the form of a U-shape with net connected to it that will go three meters underwater to pick up trash that floats below the surface. Every few months workers plan to collect the debris and return it back to land where they hope to recycle and reuse the plastic. OCF hopes to pick up an average of 50 tons of trash by next April. • As parliamentary elections began October 20 in Afghan, the Afghan National Security Forces upped their military personnel from 50,000 to 70,000 to guard the 21,000 polling stations located across the country. Multiple violent demonstrations went on throughout the day starting as early as 9:30 a.m.. A suicide bomber killed three and injured six at a polling station located at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Islamic State group and the Taliban warned people to stay away from polling stations as well as to not have polling stations located at schools. • After the Trans Union of Uruguay got over 60,000 signatures for support of the Comprehensive Law for Trans People, Congress in Uruguay passed the new law that allows transgender people to get sexual reassignment surgery to match their sexual identity as well as receive hormone therapy. The law will work to protect the rights of transgender community members as well. • Nathan Alan Knauf, a student of Georgia Tech University filed a civil battery complaint against Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue on Monday following an incident last week in which the senator was caught on video grabbing the students phone. The lawsuit Knauf filed seeks jury trial, damages, attorneys fees and costs from Perdue. • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there are 155 patients under investigation this year for acute flaccid myelitis, a condition that that can cause paralysis and mostly affects children. Of these, 62 have been confirmed by the CDC in 22 states, and the remainder continue to be investigated. • A suspected intruder was shot while trying to gain entry to a news station in Washington D.C. Monday afternoon, according to the station. Fox 5 DC reports that the suspect was trying to get into their office in Friendship Heights when the incident took place. Source familiar with the matter told ABC News that the suspect who was shot was known to law enforcement authorities and is believed to have a history of mental illness. D.C. police are investigating the incident and exactly what led the officer to discharge his weapon.

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