Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Friday.
1. Texas and Louisiana begin long recovery from catastrophic flooding as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey move northeast. The worst of the storm was over by Thursday, but recovery efforts are expected to take months, if not years.
2. Meanwhile, another hurricane, Irma, is intensifying as it makes its way across the Atlantic. It’s now a major Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. It’s too early to know whether it will make landfall in the Caribbean, Mexico, or the US.
3. The White House is expected to ask the US Congress for emergency funding to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Ppresident Donald Trump is expected to propose an initial $US5.9 billion ($AU7.43 billion) in aid
4. The four prototypes of Trump’s wall will be built in the coming months. The concrete structures will be 9-metres long and up to 9-metres high.
5. The Royal Air Force has become the first branch of the British military to open up every role to men and women. The move follows a decision last year to lift the ban on females serving in close combat roles.
6. German police will evacuate about 70,000 people from their homes after an unexploded WWII bomb was discovered in Frankfurt. The operation, which will take place on Sunday, will be one of the biggest of its kind carried out in Germany since the war.
7. A man has been detained by police investigating the disappearance of a young girl at a wedding in France over the weekend. The girl was last seen at 3am on Sunday in the children’s area of the celebrations in the eastern region of Isère.
8. China’s communist party is set to discuss new 5-year leadership line-up in Beijing on October 18. The announcement of the meeting date suggests the party has largely reached consensus over the leadership changes, although there could be some last-minute adjustments.
9. A 41-year-old bridge in China was demolished in a millisecond. The controlled blast took place after the bridge was deemed unsafe. A new one will be built in its place.
10. A public park near Paris has opened as an experimental nudist zone. The site, as large as a football pitch, will be open until October 15 in the Bois de Vincennes, east of the city.
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