Things you should know today: 10/24/18

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Japan journalist freed from Syrian captivity says he’s safe

In this image released by the Hatay governorate in Turkey, Jumpei Yasuda of Japan, talks in Antakya, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 24. Japan confirmed Wednesday that a man freed from Syria is the Japanese freelance journalist Yusuda, who was kidnapped three years ago by al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, known at the time as the Nusra Front, and said he appears to be in good health. (Antakya Governorate via AP)

Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda is safe in Turkey after being released from captivity in Syria. He was kidnapped by al-Qaida’s Syrian branch in 2015. According to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese government is arranging for Yasuda to return home as soon as possible.

Italy’s leader visits Russia for trade talks with Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 24. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is holding talks with Russian officials on his first trip to Moscow. (Sergei Chirikov/Pool Photo via AP)

European Union sanctions against Russia have been badly damaged ties between Russia and Italy. Despite the sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Contemet met Oct. 24 and affirmed they will expand economic ties between the two countries. Conte also invited Putin to visit Italy in the near future.

The Latest: Packages sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama contain ‘possible explosive devices’

In this Jan. 6, 2000 file photo, Bill and Hillary Clinton stand in the driveway of their new home in Chappaqua, N.Y. A U.S. official says a “functional explosive device” was found at Hillary and Bill Clinton’s suburban New York home. (AP Photo, File)

Agents of the U.S. Secret Service are investigating packages sent to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that contain “possible explosive devices.” On Oct. 24, CNN reported a package in its mail room might also be carrying explosive devices. It is unclear if the packages are related.

Puppy band covers Ben E. King’s ‘Stand by Me’

Twitter user @XicanitaBonita posted a video Oct. 21 showing a compilation of dogs performing the hit song “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. The video has since received 5.09 million views.

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