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Brazil election: Bolsonaro and Lula in tight presidential race

Tens of millions voted Sunday to decide between the far-right current president Jair Bolsonaro and the left-wing Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Also: Indonesia investigates one of the deadliest football stadium disasters in decades, and thousands of runners have taken part in the London marathon.

Russian troops forced out of key east Ukraine town

Russian has withdrawn its troops from Lyman in a move seen as a significant setback for its campaign in eastern Ukraine. Also: a day after a coup in Burkina Faso there are protests in the capital, and Nandi - the 12 year old schoolgirl who drums and sings with the rock stars.

Russian annexation of Ukrainian territories widely condemned

President Biden said Moscow wouldn't be allowed to get away with seizing its neighbour's territory. Also; the leader of Burkina Faso is overthrown in a military coup, and it's curtains for Trevor Noah who announces his departure from The Daily Show.

Russia's President Putin annexes four areas of Ukraine

The territory is in occupied parts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Mr Putin promised to defend Russia's lands with every means available. Also: Hurricane Ian leaves a trail of devastation and death in Florida and, can listening to background noise help you relax?

'Many deaths' possible from hurricane Ian warns Biden

He said it could be the deadliest storm in Florida's history. Also; Russia gears up to complete its annexation of occupied Ukrainian territories in defiance of international law, and, Tom Hanks says he's made four 'pretty good films' -- so what's your favourite?

Russia to formally annex four areas of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin will hold a signing ceremony on Friday after self-styled referendums. Also: Hurricane Ian has weakened into a tropical storm as it moves across Florida but it's still drenching the peninsula in rain, and the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has insisted that her government's controversial budget makes good economic sense despite the turmoil it's created in the financial markets.

'Catastrophic' storm surge as hurricane pounds Florida

Ian struck the Gulf coast, bringing powerful winds, severe flooding and power outages. Also; the US says it will rally global opposition to Russia's attempts to annex Ukrainian territory, and, a breakthrough in the treatment of Alzeimher's.

EU reacts to what it calls sabotage on two key gas pipelines

The EU and NATO stress the need to protect critical infrastructure after what they called acts of sabotage on two key gas pipelines. Also: Hurricane Ian strengthens into a Category Four storm as it approaches the Florida coast, and the lyrics for David Bowie's song 'Starman' are auctioned for more than two hundred thousand dollars.