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In our news wrap Monday, the son of one-time Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos scored a landslide victory in the country's presidential election, Sri Lanka's prime minister resigned after weeks of protests, the death toll continues rising in Havana, Cuba after Friday's explosion at a luxury hotel, and authorities in Shanghai intensified COVID measures Despite a drop in cases.
In the day's other news: More selling weighed down Wall Street, amid worries about interest rates and China's economy. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 653 points, 2 percent, to close at 32245. The Nasdaq fell 521 points. That's 4 percent. The S&P 500 sank 3 percent, to its lowest close since March of last year.
The son of one-time Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos scored a landslide victory today in the country's presidential election. Unofficial tallies showed Ferdinand Marcos Jr. winning a big majority of votes cast. The current vice president, Leni Robredo, lagged well behind.
By evening, jubilant supporters had gathered outside Marcos headquarters.
Melai Ilagan, Marcos Supporter (through translator):
We are happy with the big lead, because we have been hearing about issues like malfunctioning vote-counting machines, system glitches, but it seems unity is in the lead, our unity, Marcos' intention of unifying the Filipinos. We're very happy.
The elder Marcos was ousted in 1986 in a popular revolt against martial law, corruption, and human rights abuses. He died in 1989.
The prime minister of Sri Lanka resigned today after weeks of protests amid an economic crisis. Earlier, pro-government demonstrators broke through police lines in the capital and clashed with protesters. Authorities called out soldiers to quell the unrest.
The death toll has reached 35 in Havana, Cuba, after Friday's explosion at a luxury hotel. Search crews continued working into the night and through today, clearing debris and looking for potential survivors. It's believed that a gas leak ignited the blast.
In China, authorities in Shanghai intensified anti-COVID measures today, despite a drop in cases. The government barred more residents from going outside or ordering nonessential goods. It gave no explanation.
And back in this country, the Pulitzer Prizes for journalism for 2021 were awarded. The Washington Post won for its coverage of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The New York Times won for stories on traffic stop deaths, with many of the victims Black, and for reporting on U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East.
The journalists of Ukraine received a special citation for their war coverage. And, in the arts, Joshua Cohen's book "The Netanyahus" took the fiction prize, while playwright James Ijames won the drama award for "Fat Ham."
Still to come on the "NewsHour": the Biden administration pushes for more affordable Internet access for low-income Americans; Tamara Keith and Amy Walter weigh the latest political news; musician Jon Batiste talks about the next phase of his musical journey; plus much more.
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