Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Monday.
1. A man has been shot dead in France after killing two women in a “likely terrorist act”. Two women, aged 17 and 20, were killed by an assailant who shouted “Allahu Akbar” at a train station in Marseille on Sunday.
2. Spanish riot police intervened in the Catalan independence vote with rubber bullets. Hundreds of people have been injured in the clashes, ballot boxes were seized and polling stations smashed and shuttered.
3. US president Donald Trump says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “wasting his time” opening up talks with the North Korean regime. “Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed,” Trump said. “I won’t fail.” Amid tensions with North Korea, the US Navy has to keep an eye on China too, according to Reuters.
4. Trump has told his staffers to portray him as “crazy” to get more out of negotiations with South Korea. The discussion regarded whether to pull out of a free-trade deal with South Korea, a threat Trump has floated since early September.
5. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s interference in the US election capped off the month with new developments involving Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, and Michael Flynn as a clearer picture emerges of how Russia capitalised on Facebook and Twitter to sow discord, magnify racial and religious tensions, and spread misinformation.
6. A month after Hurricane Harvey hit, over 60,000 Texans are still displaced. While the water has receded and businesses have reopened, huge piles of debris in front of thousands of homes serve as a constant reminder that there’s still a long way to go in the recovery process.
7. US-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria hit record levels in August, dropping 5,075 bombs during close-air-support, escort, or interdiction operations. Here’s how the US-led coalition decides when and where to hit ISIS targets in Iraq.
8. Tens of thousands in Hong Kong participated in an “anti-authoritarian rule” march against China that called for the resignation of the city’s top legal official over the recent jailing of young democracy activists.
9. Israel is going to war in Syria — to fight Iran. Israeli officials believe that Iran is winning its bid for dominance in the Middle East, and they are mobilising to counter the regional realignment that threatens to follow.
10. Rohingyas are the new Palestinians. The images of devastated villages and terrified Muslim Rohingya streaming into Bangladesh with nothing but the clothes on their backs is a reminder of 1948, when Israeli forces expelled over 750,000 people from the territory of the British Mandate of Palestine.
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