The 10 most important things in the world right now

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

1. US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton received a big bump following the Democratic National Convention, a poll released Sunday showed.

2. Uber is reportedly merging its China business with rival Didi Chuxing, valuing the combined company at $35 billion.

3. US-backed forces won a key victory against ISIS in a heavily contested part of Syria, and have now seized control of almost 70% of Manbij.

4. US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is under fire for his attacks against the family of a slain Muslim soldier. “This is going to a place where we’ve never gone before, to push back against the families of the fallen,” Senator Lindsey Graham said.

5. China’s leadership is getting pressure from the military for a more forceful response to an international ruling against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea. The ruling has been followed in China by a wave of nationalist sentiment.

6. Tesla Motors and SolarCity could announce they have agreed to merge as early as Monday. Elon Musk is the biggest shareholder in both companies.

7. Uber is reportedly investing $500 million in a global mapping project, to wean itself off Google Maps and pave the way for driverless cars.

8. Turkey claims they will let migrants flow into Europe if denied visa-free travel. Visa-free access to the EU has been subject to delays due to a dispute over Turkish anti-terrorism legislation.

9. Many US Republicans are embracing Donald Trump’s fierce trade rhetoric. Trump has championed an anti-free trade agenda.

10. Brazilian police have freed the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. The 67-year old Aparecida Schunk was kidnapped on July 22 and her captors asked for $36.5 million.

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