O'Rourke answers questions in Iowa during his second day of campaigning. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Amid backlash for fiction he wrote as a teenager about murdering children, Beto O'Rourke has also acknowledged criticism of campaign trail comments about his wife, the AP reports.

Details: In his first days on the campaign trail, O'Rourke frequently joked that his wife Amy raised their 3 children "sometimes with my help." Despite laughs, this drew criticism for coming across as insensitive to challenges faced by single parents. At a podcast taping in Iowa O'Rourke said he plans to be "more thoughtful" in how he talks about his marriage and that he doesn't plan on making the same joke again, per the AP.

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Jeremy Corbyn suspended by U.K. Labour Party over anti-Semitism report

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The U.K. Labour Party has suspended its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a watchdog report found that the party failed to properly take action against allegations of anti-Semitism during his time in charge.

Why it matters: It represents a strong break by Keir Starmer, Labour's current leader, from the Corbyn era and one of the party's most persistent scandals.

U.S. economy sees record growth in third quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a 33.1% annualized pace in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

The state of play: The record growth follows easing of the coronavirus-driven lockdowns that pushed the economy to the worst-ever contraction — but GDP still remains well below its pre-pandemic level.

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  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases
  4. Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" wave France imposes lockdown Germany to close bars and restaurants for a month.
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