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5 things you need to know this morning: Sept. 20, 2022

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

Five things you need to know

1. Putin wants to end Ukraine war 'as soon as possible,' Turkish president says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he thinks Vladimir Putin wants to conclude the war in Ukraine. Putin, according to Erdogan, has stressed that he wants to "end this as soon as possible."

2. Mudslides in Japan after devastating typhoon

Officials in Japan have warned of mudslides after the country was battered by a major storm. At least four people have died and more than 100 been injured by Typhoon Nanmadol.

3. Hong Konger detained after tribute to Queen

A Hong Kong man has been detained after he paid tribute to the Queen at the British consulate on Monday. The man reportedly played several songs on his harmonica, including the British national anthem.

4. Sperm whales die in mass stranding event in Australia

More than a dozen young sperm whales have been found dead on a beach in Australia. The 14 mammals were found in Tasmania, which experts have said is becoming a hot spot for mass strandings.

5. More lives at risk from Caribbean storm, forecasters say

Forecasters have said more lives are at risk in the Caribbean as Hurricane Fiona builds in strength. The storm – which has already battered Puerto Rico, with two people dying – could reach category four, according to the National Hurricane Center in the US.

And lastly...

In stranger news, archeologists have found the earliest evidence of the use of narcotic opium at an ancient burial site in Israel. Traces of the substance were found inside pottery near Tel Aviv, with experts dating the vessels to about 1400 BC.

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