1. US Congress avoids government shutdown in last-minute deal
- The US government has avoided a shutdown after both the House and Senate agreed on a short-term funding deal.
- The bill keeps the government funded until November but includes no new aid for Ukraine.
- The resolution was proposed by Kevin McCarthy after a rebellion by Republicans who control the chamber.

2. Alien life in Universe: Scientists say finding it is 'only a matter of time'
- Many astronomers are sure of life elsewhere in the Universe.
- They are optimistic of detecting life signs on a faraway world possibly in the next few years.
- Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope recently detected tantalising hints at life on a planet outside our Solar System.

3. Slovakia elections: Populist party leads as most votes counted
- A populist pro-Moscow party led by Robert Fico is ahead in Slovakia's parliamentary elections.
- The Smer-SSD party was leading despite exit polls suggesting victory by a liberal centrist party.
- Smer has pledged an immediate halt of military support for Ukraine.
1. US Congress avoids government shutdown in last-minute deal
- The US government has avoided a federal shutdown after both the House and Senate agreed on a short-term funding deal.
- A bill that keeps the government funded until mid-November but includes no new aid for Ukraine was approved in the Senate.
- The resolution was proposed by Kevin McCarthy after a rebellion by hard-line Republicans who control the chamber.

2. Alien life in Universe: Scientists say finding it is 'only a matter of time'
- Many astronomers are no longer asking whether there is life elsewhere in the Universe.
- Many are optimistic of detecting life signs on a faraway world within our lifetimes - possibly in the next few years.
- Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope recently detected tantalising hints at life on a planet outside our Solar System.

3. Slovakia elections: Populist party leads as most votes counted
- A populist pro-Moscow party led by Robert Fico is ahead in Slovakia's parliamentary elections.
- The Smer-SSD party was leading despite exit polls suggesting victory by a liberal centrist party.
- Smer has pledged an immediate end to military support for Ukraine.

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