The 10 most important things in the world right now

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Hello! Here’s what you need to know for Friday.

1. The International Monetary Fund, one of Greece’s three main creditors, admitted Thursday that Greece needs debt relief — an argument that the Greek government has made throughout bailout deal negotiations.

2. Greek banks are down to their last €500 million (£355 million, $US554 million) ahead of a Sunday referendum in which Greeks will vote on whether to accept a bailout program negotiated with the country’s creditors.

3.British oil company BP has reached a deal with the US government to pay $US18.7 billion (£11.9 billion) to settle claims from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, representing the largest environmental settlement in American history.

4. Nearly 150 people, including women and children, were killed Thursday in suspected Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigerian villages, the most violent day since since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May.

5. Syrian rebels have reportedly launched a massive assault to take full control of the city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and industrial and financial center.

6. Islamic State militants have started destroying parts of the ancient city of Palymra, including a 2,000-year-old statue of a lion, known as the Lion of Al-Lat.

7. Thirty-eight people were killed and 15 people are still missing after a ferry capsized Thursday in the Philippines after the boat made a sharp right turn as it was leaving the port in Ormoc City.

8. A Washington woman is the first person to die from measles in the United States since 2003, though the infection was not discovered until an autopsy because she did not show some of the common symptoms of measles.

9.The coach of the Australian Football League’s Adelaide Crows, Phil Walsh, was found stabbed to death at his home and his son has been arrested and charged with murder.

10.Tunisia arrested eight people suspected of having direct links to the jihadist killing of 38 people at a beach resort in Sousse last week.

And finally…

A Swiss explorer attempting to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane broke the
world record for the longest non-stop solo flight, remaining airborne for three consecutive days and nights as he flew over the Pacific.

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