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French president Francois Hollande the moment a sniper’s rifle accidentally went off during his speech. He remarked: ‘I hope that wasn’t serious’. Two people were shot in the leg.

Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday.

1. US president Donald Trump delivered his first major address to a joint-session of Congress. He focused on the policy objectives he wants to accomplish over the next year in areas such as international trade, the military, and economy.

2. It set a tone for selling his agenda more broadly. Trump tried to convince the nation his policies are good for a majority.

3. Britain will leave the single market after Labour helped the government defeat Brexit bill amendments. A cross-party group tried to put amendments maintaining Britain’s current trading relationship with the EU, but the proposal was defeated 299 votes to 136.

4. Demand for Snap could push its IPO value to $US25 billion. Snapchat’s parent company is offering shares at $14 to $16 apiece, but has received orders for 10 times as many shares as it has for sale, with bankers arguing they’re worth $17 to $18 a share.

5. London mansions are selling at a discount after Brexit — and the wealthiest buyers in the world are rushing to cash in.

5. Uber’s CEO Travis had to make an embarrassing apology for treating a driver “disrespectfully”. In a memo to Uber employees posted to the company’s blog, Travis Kalanick said he “must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up” after abusing the Uber driver at the end of ride.

6. A French sniper accidentally shot two people during a speech by French president. Francois Hollande was speaking at the launch of a high speed train in Western France when the sniper’s rifle — which didn’t have it’s safety guard on — went off while he was changing positions. The two people were treated on site for gunshot wounds to the legs.

7. Some of the world’s most popular apps and websites went dark after Amazon’s cloud service had a big disruption. The disruption occurred shortly before 9am AEDT (10pm GMT) and lasted several hours before it was resolved.

8. Two women have been charged with the murder of the half-brother of North Korea’s dictator. Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indonesia, allegedly smeared the deadly nerve agent VX on Kim Jong-Nam’s face in Kuala Lumpur airport last month.

9. Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, is erupting. The volcano in Sicily, Italy blew its top and spewed bright orange lava into the sky on Monday night.

10. The world’s largest IPO could be overvalued by 500%. Saudi Aramco, the world’s most valuable oil company, is planning an IPO in 2018 that could yield $200 billion and blow Alibaba’s 2014 float out of the water. The problem is company itself may not be worth as much as the Saudi government claims.

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