5 things for Friday, October 21: ISIS, the Philippines, STDs

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    Iraqi-led forces push into ISIS territory


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(CNN)Smile. It's Friday. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Iraq

ISIS isn't going out without a fight in Iraq. The terrorists attacked police buildings and security offices in Kirkuk this morning. The death toll's unclear. This could be an attempt by ISIS to divert troops from Mosul, where Iraqi and Kurdish fighters are battling the militants.

    2. Campaign 2016

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shared the stage for probably the last time before the election at the Al Smith charity dinner, and it went a lot like the debates: pointed jabs, sharp attacks and a reluctance to shake hands. Oh, there were jokes told, just not the harmless, self-deprecating ones the dinner's known for. Missed it? Here are the most memorable lines. Earlier in the day, Trump said he'd "totally accept" the results of the election -- if he won.

    3. Philippines

    Breaking up is hard to do. Just ask Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. During a trip to China, the controversial prez announced his country's "separation" from the US, saying he would cut economic and military ties and get cozier with China. Not so fast, said officials back in Manila. The trade minister said trade and investment with the US would continue; and a spokesperson said no one was really sure just what the president meant.

    4. Nuclear energy

    For the first time in 20 years, a new nuclear power plant reactor is up and running. The second nuclear reactor at the Watts Bar plant went live earlier this week, helping to send power to millions of homes. Anti-nuke sentiment and financial woes had stopped construction of the reactor for years.

    5. STDs

    Sexually transmitted diseases are up in the US. Way up. Like up to all-time highs. Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphillis -- the three most commonly reported STDs -- were up 5.9%, 12.8% and 19%, the CDC said.


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