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EU citizens are seen outside the European Parliament building at dusk in Brussels. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

The large centre-right and centre-left blocs lost their combined majority in the European Parliament, as the world's biggest multi-country election results came in Monday.

Details: Greens and nationalists celebrated a surge in votes amid the highest turnout for 20 years. The center-right European People's Party was still the largest bloc. It's expected to form a pro-EU "grand coalition" with the Socialists and Democrats, with support from liberals and the Greens, the BBC reports. Take a look at the election drama, in photos.

Nigel Farage, leader of the newly formed Brexit Party, which the BBC reports took an early lead with 32% of the vote in the U.K. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Image
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced snap elections after the huge poll loss of his leftist Syriza party. Photo: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
The People's Party of Spain leader Pablo Casado (C) with officials in Madrid'. Photo: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images
German Greens party top candidate Sven Giegold (L) and co-leader of the Green party Annalena Baerbock (C) in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Tobias Schwartz/AFP/Getty Images
Ska Keller, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group, addresses the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Supporters of the far-right Rassemblement National party react to projections they topped EU polls in France. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images
Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of right-wing Lega (League) political party Matteo Salvini in Milan, Italy. Photo: Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images
Activist group Avaaz outside the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

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"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.

Obama stumps for McAuliffe, urges Virginians not "to go back to the chaos"

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Former President Barack Obama framed a Nov. 2 gubernatorial race as a bellwether for the Democratic Party and the country, telling a crowd at a campaign event for Terry McAuliffe on Saturday that "I believe you, right here in Virginia, are going to show the rest of the country and the world that we're not going to indulge in our worst instincts."

Why it matters: With just over a week to go before Election Day in the Commonwealth, McAuliffe is bringing out the big guns. The 44th president appeared on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University to urge supporters to get to the polls.