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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to a hospital in Brasilia after experiencing abdominal pain earlier in the day, local media reported, citing the presidential palace.

State of play: Bolsonaro had been complaining about persistent hiccups and was taken to the hospital to investigate the cause. He will be under medical observation for 24 to 48 hours, but is not required to stay in the hospital, Brazilian newspaper Globo reports.

The big picture: Bolsonaro's health has been an issue ever since he was stabbed in the abdomen in 2018 during the presidential campaign. He suffered severe intestinal wounds and lost about 40% of his blood.

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Under pressure over a deepening vaccine scandal and watching his approval ratings slide to new lows, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is lashing out at his critics and threatening to reject the results of next year's elections.

Driving the news: Brazil's Senate has been holding televised hearings on the government's handling of the pandemic, during which it emerged that Bolsonaro's government ignored repeated offers to purchase vaccines, including from Pfizer.

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In reversal, Pentagon now says drone strike killed 10 Afghan civilians

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A U.S. drone strike launched on Aug. 29 killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan, including seven children, rather than the Islamic State extremists the Biden administration claimed it targeted, the Pentagon said Friday.

Why it matters: U.S. Central Command said at the time that officials "know" the drone strike "disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat" to Kabul's airport, and that they were "confident we successfully hit the target."