A Syrian civil defense member carries an injured child following bombing in the Eastern Ghouta region. Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa / AFP / Getty Images

127 people were killed on Monday in Eastern Ghouta from pro-government strikes, resulting in the "heaviest one-day death toll" the country has seen in three years, per Reuters.

Why it matters: The already-brutal civil war in Syria has escalated in recent weeks. Since Sunday, around 190 people have died and 850 have been injured. The "extreme escalation" in the conflict prompted the United Nations to call for an immediate ceasefire as it said the region was "spiraling out of control."

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said of those killed, more than 30 were children and women.
  • Two weeks ago, more than 130 people were killed in Syria from Assad regime strikes; 80 of those in Eastern Ghouta, including 21 children in one day.
  • "Ghouta has not seen a single humanitarian aid convoy for two months," according to CBS.

Go deeper: The tangled mess of actors in Syria.

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"I stood up for that": Pope Francis voices support for same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Photo: Vatican Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Pope Francis voiced his support for same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope in the documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival, per the Catholic News Agency.

Why it matters: The pope’s remarks represent a break from the position of the Roman Catholic Church, which has long taught that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered" and contrary to natural law.

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Countries waiting to see if Trump wins before moving on Israel normalization

The delegation lands at Israel's Ben Gurion airport. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty

The White House is attempting to leverage momentum from Israel's normalization deals with Bahrain and the UAE to get more Arab countries on board before the U.S. election.

Driving the news: President Trump wants Sudan's removal from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list to be accompanied by a pre-election announcement on Israel.

Poll: 92% of battleground state voters are "extremely motivated to vote"

Voters stand in line at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 13. Photo: Mark Felix for The Washington Post via Getty Images

91% of likely voters nationally say they are "extremely motivated to vote," including 92% in battleground states Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to a Change Research/CNBC Poll.

Why it matters: The 2020 election could see record-breaking levels of voter turnout. Voters last week cast ballots at nearly five times the rate they did at this point in the 2016 election, per the U.S. Elections Project. Over 39 million ballots have been cast in early voting states as of Wednesday.

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