The 10 most important things in the world right now

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

1. The White House said “now is not the time” to hold diplomatic talks with North Korea. The comments followed a speech by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said the US would continue negotiations until the “first bomb drops.

2. UK parliament members will get a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal. An amendment was passed Wednesday evening that requires parliamentary approval before Prime Minister Theresa May signs a Brexit deal.

3. Donald Trump Jr. testified before the US Senate Committee. Trump Jr. was questioned by the House Committee last week over his contacts with Wikileaks and a Russian lawyer during his father’s campaign.

4. US net neutrality rules could be repealed on Thursday. The current rules ensure internet service providers (ISPs) cannot block, slow, or provide preferred treatment to particular sites and services.

5. Facebook claims Russia only spent $US1 in ads to influence Brexit voters. May has accused Russia of using fake news websites and social media to “meddle in elections.

6. Jeff Bezos launched a reusable rocket system into space. Bezos’ company Blue Origin launched a rocket that flew dozens of miles above Earth before returning to the launch pad.

7. Muslim leaders want countries to recognise East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital. Palestine’s president also said there’s no longer a role for the US in Middle East peace talks.

8. UK defence officials will meet with their Japanese counterparts to discuss North Korea on Thursday. A North Korean missile was launched towards Japan last month.

9. A Chinese province is collecting DNA and iris scans from all its residents. The same province already uses surveillance apps and voice recognition technology to track its residents.

10. France wants to introduce age-of-consent laws for social media. The draft law proposes children under 16 must seek parental permission to sign up for social media sites.

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