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Need to Know
Mass Shooting in Thailand
At least 26 people were killed and 57 injured after a gunman opened fire in a popular mall northeast of Bangkok in what is the worst mass shooting in Thailand's history. According to reports, the shooter was a soldier in the Thai military who fled to the mall after killing his commanding officer and stealing weapons and a vehicle from a nearby military base. Gunfire was exchanged for more than 17 hours before the attacker, who officials said may have been angry over a financial dispute, was shot and killed by police. The violence was livestreamed, following a disturbing trend where mass shooters relay the attack in real time for an online audience. It was Thailand's second high-profile mall shooting in a month, following a robbery during which three were killed, including a toddler, and four injured.

Despite (or possibly due to) the frequency of such incidents, the news cycle around mass shootings has been short-lived
'Parasite' Wins Big
South Korean thriller "Parasite" made history at last night's Academy Awards, becoming the first foreign film to take home the coveted Oscar for Best Picture. The film beat a field that included war epic "1917" and Joaquin Phoenix's  "Joker," the latter of which entered the night with 11 nominations; it marked the fifth straight year an underdog won the top award. Phoenix did take home Best Actor for his performance in the brooding drama and Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for her role in "Judy," while Brad Pitt won his first Oscar for an acting role, getting the nod for Best Supporting Actor for "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood" (see all winners here). Streaming giant Netflix had a rough night, entering with 24 nominations but leaving with just two wins, while its "The Irishman" became one of the most snubbed films in show history, winning in none of the 10 categories it was nominated for. See the best from the red carpet here.  

Rapper Eminem made a surprise appearance that left some scratching their heads.
Elections in Ireland
Ireland's longstanding centrist government was upended over the weekend after the left-leaning Sinn Féin party surged in national elections, capturing almost a quarter of the vote. The party's success forces a virtual three-way tie with the center-right Fine Gael and the centrist Fianna Fáil (see 101 on the country's political parties), the country's two major parties who've held control for more than a century. Observers said Sinn Féin was able to successfully tap into young voters' frustration with rising housing costs and an inefficient healthcare system, but the party suffers from its past association with the Irish Republican Army, particularly during the period known as The Troubles. The gains raise the specter of new elections if no party can build a coalition, though the country's transferrable vote system means the total number of seats won by each party won't be known for a few days.  

Elsewhere around the world, Swiss voters supported extending antidiscrimination laws to include sexual orientation.
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