The 10 most important things in the world right now

Dave Rowland/Getty ImagesNew Zealand teachers and their supporters rallied in Auckland on Wednesday after primary school teachers voted to go on strike – their first industrial action since 1994 – rejecting a three-year government pay rise offer that ranged from 6.1% for the highest paid to a 14.7% for entry level teachers. The teachers’ union wants 16% over two years.

Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Wednesday.

1. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she “can’t guarantee” that we’ll never hear a recording of Trump saying the N-word. Former White House senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman wrote about the tape in her new explosive memoir “Unhinged.”

2. UK Prime Minister Theresa May may be considering a plan to register 3 million EU citizens “alphabetically.Alternative plans to register applicants sector by sector, or by geographical region, are considered politically sensitive.

3. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said plans to build a railway across the Korean peninsula will kick off this year. A third summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Moon is planned for September.

4. Beijing furiously protested after the US targeted China in a new defence act. The act targets Chinese activities in the South China Sea and Chinese investments in the US and aims to bolster Taiwan’s defences.

5. Members of Tesla’s board of directors are lawyering up to protect themselves from CEO Elon Musk’s latest public statements. Musk tweeted that he planned to take the company private, and Tesla is now facing multiple lawsuits.

6. A US grand jury released a report that found more than 300 “predator priests” sexually abused more than 1,000 children.Investigators described “a playbook for concealing the truth” about abuse over 70 years.

7. Japan activated an elite marine unit for the first time since World War II to counter China. The new unit – tasked with defending Japan’s remote islands – carried out its first training exercise in early April.

8. The founders of dating app Tinder are suing its parent company IAC in a $US2 billion lawsuit. The suit features allegations of sexual misconduct by former Tinder CEO and IAC Chairman Greg Blatt.

9. At least 26 people are dead after a huge highway bridge collapse in Italy. It is unclear what caused the bridge to collapse in Genoa.

10. Australia will soon build the tallest skyscraper in the Southern Hemisphere. The $US2 billion project, called the “Green Spine,” will reach over 1,168 feet (356.20 meters) in height.

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