The 10 most important things in the world right now

David Ryder/Getty ImagesA woman walks past the Amazon Go grocery store at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Amazon announced that it will buy Whole Foods Market, Inc. for over $US13 billion.

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

1. US President Donald Trump signed a temporary funding bill to end the federal government shutdown. The House and Senate both passed the bill, ending the three-day government shutdown, but more challenges are ahead.

2. US Vice President Mike Pence said he wants to bring in a “new era” of peace in the Middle East. He also announced the US embassy in Israel would move to Jerusalem by 2019.

3. A new study found public trust in China’s government and media rose last year. According to the same study, public trust in US institutions plummeted.

4. South Korea is banning the use of anonymous accounts in cryptocurrency transactions. The South Korean regulator says plans are in motion to make sure banks can verify the real identities of cryptocurrency traders.

5. The UK army chief said cyber warfare is a bigger threat to the UK than terrorism. He also warned that the UK may not have a choice about a potential war with Russia in the future.

6. Amazon opened its first cashierless Amazon Go store to the public. The store eliminates the traditional check-out process and uses cameras and sensors to determine what items customers have taken down from the shelves.

7. Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont left Belgium for the first time since fleeing Spain. Spain’s supreme court rejected a request from prosecutors to reactivate an international arrest warrant.

8. A UN aid group alleged that theUS won’t allow its money to go toward helping refugees in Syria and Lebanon. Last week, the US cut its aid to UNRWA in half and geographically limited the allocation of its funds for the first time.

9. Netflix reached a market capitalisation of more than $US100 billion for the first time. Stocks soared as it surpassed its subscriber growth goals from 2017.

10. Hawaii’s governor said he couldn’t notify the public of the false alarm from the state’s missile-warning system because he forgot his Twitter password. Nearly 40 minutes passed on January 13 while panic ensued on the island before a false-alarm alert went out.

And finally …


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