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5 things you need to know this morning: Oct. 12, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. North Korea to build 'invincible army'

North Korea's tyrant, Kim Jong-un, has pledged to build an "invincible army." He said it would be created amid hostility from the US.

2. UK government blasted over COVID-19 response

The UK government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis was one of the country's worst public health failures ever, a group of MPs has said. More than 150,000 people have died with the virus in the UK.

3. Tire removed from elk's neck after 2 years

An elk that had a tire around its neck for two years has finally been liberated. The hapless critter was tranquilized and had its antlers removed during the operation in Colorado.

4. Evidence suggests humans have been using tobacco for 12,300 years

Humans could have been using tobacco for up to 12,300 years, new evidence suggests. Researchers have found four charred tobacco plant seeds in an ancient fireplace in Utah.

5. Spanish politicians attack Biden over Columbus comments

Some politicians in Spain have attacked President Joe Biden after he said Christopher Columbus's world-changing transatlantic voyages led to "devastation." The leader of the Popular Party said the voyages represented the most important event in history after the collapse of the Roman Empire.

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