The 10 most important things in the world right now

Hello! Here’s everything you need to know on Monday, December 31, 2018.

1.Here’s what you missed this weekend: US President Donald Trump and others have tried to respond to news of two children having died in a US Customs and Border Patrol custody, Kelly says Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border “wall” is actually not a wall, and truck drivers are intentionally blocking Tesla Superchargers.

2. Now Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is dropping hints that Trump may change course on pulling US troops out of Syria. “I think the president’s going to finish the job when it comes to ISIS,” Graham offered on Sunday.

3. Amazon is going hard with plans for more Whole Foods stores. CEO Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant looks like it won’t be easing off on its radical push into old-school retail.

4.Yet another four-star US general has called out the behaviour of the President of the United States.Retired four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal put it this way: “I don’t think he tells the truth.”

5.A Portland hotel has fired two employees who called the police on a black guest who took a phone call in the lobby. The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel tweeted on Saturday it had “zero tolerance for racism,” and apologised to the guest.

6. China’s PMI has contracted for the first time in more than two years. The manufacturing giant is stuttering as stimulus recedes and trade wars linger.

7.Brexit may only have a “50-50” chance of actually happening: If MPs come out against British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, then it’s anyone’s guess, senior politician Liam Fox has warned.

8. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn will be detained at least through Jan. 11. The once-revered auto industry figure faces fresh allegations of financial misconduct.

9.Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, donned a pair of gloves and played in a traditional ice-hockey match in Moscow. Putin scored and led his team to a win.

10.DC Comics’ “Aquaman” is an unlikely hit, already making more money worldwide than DC’s previous two titles “Justice League” and “Suicide Squad.” Less is more then add water, apparently.

And finally …

Sears chairman Eddie Lampert submitted a last-minute bid to save the company. We visited the day Sears filed for bankruptcy and we got a very close look at how this iconic brand is really going.

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