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State Treasurer Seth Magaziner has won the congressional seat in Rhode Island being vacated by longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, keeping it in Democratic control. Magaziner defeated Republican Allan Fung, a former Cranston mayor, in the general election. National Republican leaders had hoped to flip the state’s 2nd Congressional District to GOP control for the first time since 1991. Langevin, a Democrat retiring after two decades representing the district, had endorsed Magaziner to replace him. Magaziner, the state’s treasurer since 2015, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Fung is aligned with extremists, though Fung says he’s a moderate Republican.

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Democratic nominee for U.S Senate Sen. Raphael Warnock laughs as he buttons his shirt to hide a microphone cord before speaking the the media at a campaign stop on the campus of Morehouse College Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Democratic nominee for U.S Senate Sen. Raphael Warnock speaks to a reporter during a campaign stop on the campus of Morehouse College Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Democratic nominee for U.S Senate Sen. Raphael Warnock greets supporters during a campaign stop on the campus of Morehouse College Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Democratic nominee for U.S Senate Sen. Raphael Warnock embraces a supporter during a campaign stop on the campus of Morehouse College Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Democratic nominee for U.S Senate Sen. Raphael Warnock waves to a small crowd as he arrives for a campaign stop on the campus of Morehouse College Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Ukraine’s president has suggested he’s open to peace talks with Russia but is sticking to Kyiv’s demands. Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s appeal to the international community to “force Russia into real peace talks” reflected a softening of his refusal to negotiate with Moscow while Russian President Vladimir Putin is in power. But Zelenskyy's preconditions appear to be non-starters for Moscow, so it’s hard to see how his latest comments would advance any talks. Western weapons and aid have been key to Ukraine’s ability to fight off Russia’s invasion. Support for Ukraine has garnered strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, but growing conservative opposition could complicate that if Republicans take control of the House in Tuesday’s elections.

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Italy’s new government has blocked humanitarian rescue ships from accessing its ports, resulting in a standoff with charities that patrol the deadly central Mediterranean Sea, used by people desperate to reach Europe for a new life. Two rescue boats that entered Italian waters this weekend were directed to Catania, where authorities allowed only migrants Italy deemed vulnerable to disembark. The humanitarian ships are now refusing to leave until the rest of their passengers are allowed to get off as well. Another boat carrying hundreds more migrants is still off the coast of Sicily, its repeated calls for a safe port unanswered. A fourth rescue ship was allowed to dock Tuesday on the Italian mainland.

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Herschel Walker, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, addresses supporters during a rally on the eve of midterm elections at Governors Gun Club in Kennesaw, Ga., on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (Miguel Martinez/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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Asian stocks are mixed ahead of the U.S. midterm elections with trading likely to stay bumpy in a week that brings new inflation data and other events that could shake markets. Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney rose early Tuesday while Hong Kong and Shanghai declined. U.S. futures were mixed and oil prices fell. On Monday, the S&P 500 rose 1%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.3% and the Nasdaq composite added 0.9%. This week brings various big events, including U.S. inflation data and the election, which brings the risk of a U.S. government split between Democrats and Republicans and potentially snarled in gridlock.