The 10 most important things in the world right now

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

1. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners warned the world is “one tantrum away” from nuclear crisis. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon’s comments came as tensions between North Korea and the US have spiked in recent weeks.

2. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet US Vice President Mike Pence. The White House said the decision was “unfortunate” as Pence prepares to visit the Middle East later this month.

3. UK Prime Minister Theresa May hopes to usher in “a new sense of optimism” on Brexit. May will discuss moving forward with EU-UK ties on Monday, after having reached a Brexit divorce deal on Friday.

4. Venezuela’s opposition parties have been banned from running in 2018. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said only parties that participated in Sunday’s mayoral polls would be eligible, effectively banning the three opposition parties that boycotted the vote.

5. Uber will defend its right to operate in London on Monday. Uber lost its London licence in September, and filed a legal appeal against the city’s transport regulator shortly afterwards.

6. Australia and China are in a war of words over new foreign influence laws. Australia proposed new laws last week targeting foreign influencers, and Chinese media responded by saying Australia is “like a piece of chewing gum sticking to the sole of a Chinese shoe.”

7. China tried to dig up dirt on German officials with fake LinkedIn profiles. More than 10,000 German citizens were contacted by fake profiles disguised as headhunters, consultants, or scholars.

8. Several Democratic senators have called on US President Donald Trump to resign. The calls follow Democratic senator Al Franken’s resignation over sexual harassment allegations and at least 16 women with accusations against Trump.

9. An Israeli security guard was stabbed by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem. Tensions have flared in the capital city over Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israel’s capital.

10. Apple is buying music-recognition app Shazam for $US400 million. The company, which allows users to identify music playing nearby, was last valued at $US1 billion.

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