The 10 most important things in the world right now

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Hello! Here’s everything you need to know on Thursday, January 24.

1. US President Donald Trump agreed to postpone his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown is over. Trump conceded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following a political game of chicken during a partial government shutdown that appears to have no end in sight.

2. The Tesla employeeswho were let go on Friday have described their sadness at an abrupt, impersonal way to get fired. Five former Tesla employees who were let go spoke with Business Insider.

3. ‘We are so ashamed of you’: Former Coast Guard chief compares Congress to children in scorching rebuke

4. Trump has formally recognised Venezuela’s opposition leader as the troubled nation’s interim president. Nicolás Maduro, its current president, has given US diplomats 72 hours to leave

5. These 13 companies you’ve never heard of control a bunch of the companies you can’t live without. Your favourite fast-food chain may not be exactly what it seems.

6. Renault is turning a historic page as its board of directors meet to replace Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. Ghosn was charged with failing to disclose more than $US80 million in additional Nissan compensation.

7. BuzzFeed is cutting 15% of its staff. “We are confident the changes we are making will put us on a firm foundation and allow us to invest and grow sustainably for years to come,” the CEO said in a memo.

8. The ‘Apple of China’ teased a double-folding smartphone. The move by Xiaomi comes just two months after Samsung unveiled its own folding smartphone.

9. Apparently Mark Zuckerberg once killed a goat and served it to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Cold. The goat was cold, according to Dorsey.

10. SpaceX’s giant rocket ship was damaged by powerful winds in Texas. The nosecone was blown over and CEO Elon Musk says fixing a broken nose takes time.

And finally …

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