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ISIS has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, a historic landmark in Mosul, the Iraqi army has said. The Great Mosque was built in the 12th century and was a landmark of Mosul's Old City, known for its "leaning minaret."

The move came amid the US-backed offensive to retake the group's former stronghold.

"Our forces were advancing toward their targets deep in the Old City and when they got to within 50 yards of the Nuri mosque, Daesh (ISIS) committed another historical crime," Staff Lt. General Abdulamir Yarallah, commander of the Mosul offensive, said in a statement.

Flashback: It was at the Great Mosque that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a speech declaring a caliphate in 2014.

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Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting

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The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Pennsylvania's Republican Party to shorten the deadlines for mail-in ballots in the state. Thanks to the court's 4-4 deadlock, ballots can be counted for several days after Election Day.

Why it matters: It's a major win for Democrats that could decide the fate of thousands of ballots in a crucial swing state that President Trump won in 2016. The court's decision may signal how it would deal with similar election-related litigation in other states.

Microphones will be muted during parts of Thursday's presidential debate

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The Commission on Presidential Debates adopted new rules on Monday to mute microphones to allow President Trump and Joe Biden two minutes of uninterrupted time per segment during Thursday night's debate, AP reports.

Why it matters: In the September debate, Trump interrupted Biden 71 times, compared with Biden's 22 interruptions of Trump.

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