Leading presidential candidate stabbed

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Jair Bolsonaro, a leading Brazilian presidential candidate whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others in a deeply polarized electorate, was stabbed during a campaign event Thursday and was undergoing surgery. Officials and his son said the candidate was in stable condition, though the son also said Bolsonaro suffered severe blood loss and arrived at the hospital “almost dead.”

166 skulls found in mass graves

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Investigators said Thursday they found 166 skulls in clandestine burial pits in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. State prosecutor Jorge Winckler said that for security reasons he would not reveal the location of the site.

Mexican drug cartels frequently use clandestine pits to dispose of their victims.

Winckler said the bodies were buried at least two years ago and did not rule out finding more remains. He said investigators found 114 ID cards in the field, which held 32 burial pits.

Big quake leaves 9 dead, 30 missing

SAPPORO, Japan — A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors.

At least nine people were killed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Officials said at least 366 were injured, five seriously, and about 30 people were unaccounted for.