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A U.S. convoy of armored vehicles on the outskirts of the Syrian city Manbij. Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. military says an "improvised explosive device" killed two members of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria, one of whom was an American, and injured five others on Friday, according to the New York Times. Military officials did not specify further details regarding those killed or wounded.

Why it matters: The rare attack took place hours after a roadside bomb exploded in a tense area in the Arab-Kurdish town, Manbij, near the Turkish border, reports the AP, mciting a Syrian official. The targeting of the U.S.-led coalition, which includes 30 countries, could spark another moment of escalation in the Kurdish-Turkey conflict.

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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