The 10 most important things in the world right now

Pippa Middleton (centre L) and her husband James Matthews (centre R) arrive at Rose Bay Wharf by sea plane in Sydney on May 31, 2017. Photo: Saeed Khan/ AFP/ Getty Images.

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

1. The US House Intelligence Committee just issued its first subpoenas in the Trump-Russia investigation. Seven subpoenas have been issued, including to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

2. Former FBI Director James Comey will publicly confirm a bombshell story about his dealings with Trump. There are reports that Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week that Trump pressured him to end the bureau’s investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

3. Trump has reportedly decided to withdraw from the Paris climate deal. He is expected to announce his decision “over the next few days.” If he does decide to exit, Tesla founder Elon Musk says he will have “no choice” but leave Trump’s advisory councils.

4. Sean Spicer said “a small group of people” knew “exactly” what Trump meant when he tweeted “covfefe”. While the White House press secretary wouldn’t elaborate on the meaning of the tweet, he denied there was any reason to worry about the president’s late-night social media posts. Meanwhile former Secretary of State Hillary thought it was “a hidden message to the Russians”.

5. The US is upping the pressure on North Korea. It has sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to join the USS Ronald Reagan strike group off of the Korean peninsula. Although the Pentagon maintains that the aircraft carriers went there for routine deployments, and are not responding to any provocation in the region, the ballistic missile defence ships in the carrier strike groups represent an ideal match for any North Korean missile tests.

6. UK prime minister Theresa May refused to take part in the second televised debate of the 2017 UK general election. Her rivals took the opportunity to attack her for failing to show. Some suggest it’s not a good look for the PM, with recent projections suggesting she could lose seats in the election on June 8.
But Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn didn’t make it through the debate unscathed either. Home Secretary Amber Rudd called Corbyn’s anti-terror voting record “chilling”, criticising the number of times the Labour leader has voted against anti-terror legislation since being in parliament.

7. ‘I’m going to blow the f..king plane up’: Passengers had to overpower a man who claimed to have a bomb on a Malaysia Airlines plane flying from Melbourne, Australia to Kuala Lumpur.

8. The Italian government has won a confidence vote on a deficit-cutting package. The move is likely to pave the way for measures aimed at curbing tax evasion, boosting revenue from internet companies and reinstating voucher payments for workers.

9. A Philippine airstrike has killed 11 soldiers in “friendly fire” incident. Seven others were injured. A military jet was on a bombing run over militant positions in Marawi when one bomb hit an army position locked in close-range combat with the extremists.

10. “Being black in America is — it’s tough,” according to basketball superstar LeBron James. After having a racial slur painted on his California home on Wednesday James said:

No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is — it’s tough,” adding that society has a long way to go “until [African Americans] feel equal in America.

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