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Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations during a UN Security Council meeting on suspected chemical attacks in Douma, Syria. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

NBC reported on Thursday that two U.S. officials said that blood and urine samples from victims of the chemical attack in Syria over the weekend tested positive for a nerve agent and chlorine gas.

The backdrop: A few hours earlier, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the administration was "looking for the actual evidence" to support a chemical attack, which affected 500 people. Mattis also said there would be a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Thursday to discuss options for response in Syria.

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U.S. threatens to cut aid to Sudan after military takeover

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok during a 2020 news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

The latest: Several hours after he was placed under house arrest, a military force took Prime Hamdok and his wife from their house to an undisclosed location, according to Hamdok's adviser Adam Harika.

Business leaders expect wages to keep going up

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Data: NABE Business Conditions Survey; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

America’s business leaders expect to keep shelling out higher wages to employees.

Driving the news: According a new quarterly survey released today by the National Association of Business Economists, a record high 58% of respondents increased pay at their firms during the third quarter — and nearly the same share expects to do so again in the coming months.

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26 mins ago - Health

COVID vaccines for kids are getting closer

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Millions of kids under 12 could begin getting COVID-19 shots "within the first week or two of November," NIAID director Anthony Fauci said on ABC News' "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" over the weekend.

Why it matters: This would be a major milestone for getting approximately 28 million more kids protected as they prepare to gather with family during the holidays and spend more time indoors due to cold weather.