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Photo: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday officially called for an early national election for Sept. 20, a wager that voters will reward his government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Trudeau is hoping to secure a parliamentary majority to help him push through his progressive agenda. He has governed Canada with a minority of legislative support in parliament for the past two years.

  • The success of the prime minister's election bid rests heavily on buoyant support following the country's vaccination drive and the post-pandemic economic rebound during his term, Reuters writes.

What they're saying: "The decisions your government makes right now will define the future your kids and grandkids will grow up in," Trudeau said, per Reuters. "So in this pivotal, consequential moment, who wouldn't want a say?"

  • "Mr. Trudeau has made his priority this selfish summer election and a try for a power grab," said Jagmeet Singh, the new Democratic Party leader, per Reuters.

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Judge dismisses Georgia lawsuit alleging election fraud in 2020

Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena on November 4, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

A state judge on Wednesday dismissed a Georgia lawsuit alleging that members of Fulton County's election board counted fraudulent ballots in the 2020 election, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero said that petitioners failed to allege injuries affected them in a "personal and individual way," per Reuters.

Updated Oct 4, 2021 - World

Japan's Parliament elects Fumio Kishida as prime minister

Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after winning the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election on Sept. 29 in Tokyo. Photo: Du Xiaoyi - Pool/Getty Images

Japan's Parliament elected Fumio Kishida as the country's new prime minister on Monday.

Why it matters: The former foreign minister faces immediate challenges, including reviving the world's third-largest economy and working with the U.S. and other key allies to address security threats, per the Wall Street Journal.

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Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.