10 things you need to know today: October 23, 2022

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1. Xi Jinping secures 3rd term as Chinese president amidst unprecedented protests

Chinese President Xi Jinping secured a third term as the leader of his country on Sunday during a Communist Party ceremony that also saw him stack his government's top offices with close loyalists. The unprecedented third term means Xi, who has ruled since 2013, looks primed to become the nation's greatest political lightning rod since Mao Zedong. Notably, Xi forced out a number of political rivals from within the Communist Party, in a move that even appeared to include purging former President Hu Jintao. However, Xi's reign has also come with unprecedented protests, with one notable anti-Xi banner displayed in Beijing in a rare visual show of dissent that made headlines across the world.

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