The 10 most important things in the world right now

Sailing shipREUTERS/Francois LenoirThe sailing ship ‘Misconceivable’ by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm is seen at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, June 1, 2015.

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

1. Sepp Blatter is resigning as president of FIFA amid a $US150 million bribery scandal that led to the arrest of several high-ranking FIFA officials last week.

2. More than 400 people are still missing and 18 bodies have been recovered after a cruise ship capsized on China’s Yangtze river in a storm Monday night.

3. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday after Greece and its creditors exchanged proposals to unlock bailout money in order to meet Friday’s IMF repayment.

4. The US Senate has approved a bill that will reinstate government surveillance of phone records, but with greater limits than before.

5. NASA plans on Wednesday to test the largest parachute ever deployed, called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator or flying saucer, which is needed to land new, heavier technologies on Mars.

6. South Korea confirmed five more cases of Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 30.

7.Syrian opposition leaders have accused the Assad regime of helping Islamic State fighters as the militant group marches toward the city of Aleppo.

8. Former German chancellor and the so-called “father of reunification” Helmut Kohl, 85, is in intensive care after surgery on his intestine.

9. American Apparel has been granted a restraining order against ousted chief executive and founder Dov Charney, which prevents him from seeking removal of the company’s board members and making negative statements in the press against the company or its employees.

10. A Canadian couple has been found guilty of plotting to set off pressure-cooker bombs outside a government building on Canada Day in 2013.

And finally …

The tallest building in China — a 2,000-foot skyscraper in Shanghai — is finally complete.

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