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Eric Adams. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams won the Democratic primary for New York City mayor on Tuesday evening, AP reports.

The big picture Adams, a retired police captain, was the perceived front-runner in the race. If he wins the general election, he will become New York City's second-ever Black mayor.

  • Amid a spike in big-city crime, Democrats say it's no coincidence that Adams ran against defunding the police.

What he's saying: "While there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear: an historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working class New Yorkers has led us to victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City," Adams said in a statement on Tuesday.

State of play: Adams modeled himself as a moderate Democrat and promised to strike a balance between fighting crime and ending unjust and racist policing practices, per AP.

  • He became a police officer in 1984 and helped co-found 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, "a group that campaigned for criminal justice reform and against racial profiling," reports AP.
  • He was elected Brooklyn borough president in 2013.

Context: New York City's first election using a ranked choice voting system was thrown into disarray when 135,000 test ballots were counted along with the actual ballots, resulting in the front-runner's significant lead being cut.

  • The error appeared to "confirm worries" that the board, which is run by Republicans and Democrats, "was unprepared to implement the new system," per AP.

What's next: Adams will face off against Republican Curtis Sliwa in November's general election, per CNBC.

  • Sliwa is the founder of Guardian Angels, "a group of self-appointed crime fighters," reports the New York Times.
  • Adams is the clear favorite to win the general election, per AP.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with Adam's statement.

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Oct 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Chicago police union urges officers to defy vaccine mandate

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Chicago's police union is threatening to "file a temporary restraining order" in an attempt to stop the city's COVID-19 vaccination mandate from taking effect, per Fox 32.

The big picture: Under the requirement that's due to take effect on Friday, city of Chicago staff who aren't vaccinated against the coronavirus must be tested semiweekly. They will be placed on unpaid leave if they refuse. Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara is urging union members to defy the mandate.

Updated Oct 19, 2021 - World

Man with bow and arrow kills 5, wounds 2 in Norway

Police work at the scene in Kongsberg, Norway, on Oct. 13. Photo: Torstein Be/NTB/AFP via Getty Images

Police accused a 37-year-old Danish man on Monday of using "stabbing weapons" and a bow and arrow in a rampage that left five people dead and two others wounded in Norway last week.

The latest: Norwegian police said in a statement Monday that they have confiscated unspecified weapons, clarifying that the suspect seems to have first shot at some people with a bow and arrow, but then killed them with "stabbing weapon" in the town of Kongsberg.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.