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5 things you need to know this morning: Sept. 26, 2022

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Italy swings right as conservative politician claims victory in election

A traditionalist conservative has claimed victory following an election in Italy. Giorgia Meloni has been labelled a far-right populist by many liberal politicians and media outlets because of her scepticism of the European Union and opposition to illegal migration from Africa.

2. Over a dozen killed after gunman opens fire at school in Russia

Over a dozen people have been killed and more than 20 injured after a gunman opened fire at a Russian school. Vladimir Putin's spokesman said the president is "mourning" after the massacre.

3. Rihanna to headline Super Bowl half-time show

Pop star Rihanna has been announced as the headline act for the Super Bowl half-time show in February. The NFL's head of music said Rihanna is a "once in a generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career."

4. Pound falls to record low against US dollar

Pound sterling fell to a record low against the US dollar earlier today as world markets continued to react negatively to a tax-cutting budget announced by the British government on Friday. The currency briefly fell to $1.03, down from $1.40 in May and over $2 back in 2007.

5. Chess champion who hinted at cheating promises to reveal more

A world chess champion who has made veiled accusations of cheating against a fellow player has said he will say more "very soon." Magnus Carlsen was recently defeated by Hans Niemann in a major upset.

And lastly...

In lighter news, one of NASA's probes is set to crash into an asteroid. The mission – known as Dart – is designed to see how hard it would be to stop a large rock from hitting Earth.

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