The 10 most important things in the world right now

People watch a storm front cross Sydney Harbour at Fairlight Beach on January 9, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Heavy wind, rain and severe hailstorms are expected throughout eastern New South Wales. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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

1. North and South Korea announced they will hold military talks. The two sides met on Tuesday for the first time in two years in a major diplomatic breakthrough.

2. At least 13 were killed and thousands evacuated due to California mudslides and flooding. Santa Barbara Country ordered 7,000 residents to leave their homes.

3. Kodak is getting into cryptocurrencies. Users can rent Kodak-branded bitcoin mining rigs but the company will take half of the generated proceeds.

4. South Korea’s President praised US President Donald Trump’s role in creating talks with the North. President Moon Jae-in said Trump “did a lot” to help.

5. A US judge blocked Trump’s moves to end DACA while litigation unfolds. The program protects children brought to America illegally by their parents from deportation.

6. Israel claimed it helped stop “several dozens” of terror attacks in Europe. Israel’s Prime Minister said attacks would have been worse than recent attacks in cities like Paris, Nice, and Berlin.

7. The US approved anti-ballistic missile sales to Japan. The missile deal comes after recent intensified missile testing by North Korea, of which many reached Japanese territory.

8. A strong 7.6 earthquake hit near Honduras. Tsunami warnings were downgraded shortly afterwards.

9. Australia’s tax office is establishing a task force to monitor cryptocurrencies. The task force aims to ensure cryptocurrency investors are paying the correct amount of tax.

10. Saudi Arabia wants to buy Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defence system. Saudi Arabia has seen a number of missile attacks from Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

And finally…

North Korea and South Korea met in the ‘truce village’ of Panmunjom – these extraordinary photos show what it’s like.

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