The 10 most important things in the world right now

People dressed as Santa Claus take part in a regatta on the Grand Canal of Venice, on December 17, 2017. Photo: ANDREA PATTARO/AFP/Getty Images

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

1. The busiest airport in the world shut down due to a catastrophic power outage. The outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport caused the cancellation of more than 700 flights.

2. US President Donald Trump will not fire Robert Mueller. But he did criticise the special counsel for gaining access to thousands of emails from Trump’s transition team.

3. An Australian man was arrested for allegedly trying to broker weapons sales for North Korea. He is the first person to be charged under the 1995 Weapons of Mass Destruction Act.

4. Uber used former CIA officers to collect trade secrets. A recently unsealed letter alleges the company had internal teams tasked with bugging hotels and obtaining trade secrets from competitors.

5. China has expanded its infrastructure in the South China Sea. China built a formidable network of military radars, airbases, and missile sites in the disputed territory this year.

6. A suicide bombing at a Pakistan church killed nine and injured 56. ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack on 400 worshippers that had gathered for a pre-Christmas service.

7. Austria is set to become the only western European country with a far-right party in government. The future chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s People’s Party struck a coalition deal to share power with the Freedom Party.

8. At least 26 people were killed in a landslide in central Philippines. Some residents are still missing following the landslides triggered by tropical storm Kai-tak.

9. Billionaire and former president Sebastián Piñera will be Chile’s next president. Piñera won a second run-off with 54% of the vote.

10. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his support for same-sex unions. Duterte told a group of LGBTQI people he would support same-sex marriage if it is “the trend of the modern times.”

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