The 10 most important things in the world right now


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

1. China voted to abolish presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to rule for life. The decision may have been motivated by Xi’s fear of a powerful faction within the Communist Party.

2. UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to register 3 million EU citizens could cause “chaos.”An expert told Business Insider that registering millions of Europeans risked being hamstrung by staffing shortages and political indecision.

3. The White House unveiled proposals to improve school safety and mental health. The plans include working to provide “rigorous” gun training for “specially qualified” teachers and raising the minimum age limit on certain gun purchases.

4. South Korea said it will “deploy all possible means” to fight US tariffs. President Donald Trump rolled out new tariffs on steel and aluminium last week, with experts warning the move could spark a trade war.

5. Traces of the nerve agent used to poison an ex-Russian spy were found in a UK pub and restaurant. UK authorities speculate that the Kremlin ordered last week’s attack.

6. SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to put 1 million people on Mars. But Musk’s company has a growing list of competitors hoping to cash in on the race to space.

7. A lightning strike killed 16 people and injured 140 at a church in Rwanda. The likelihood of so many people dying at once from lightning is extremely low.

8. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was slammed for suggesting Jews may have interfered in the 2016 US election.Thirteen Russian nationals have been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for interference.

9. The Philippines added a UN human rights worker to a “terror hit list.The UN high commissioner for human rights responded by saying President Rodrigo Duterte needed a “psychiatric examination.”

10. Bolivia unveiled a 120-mile-long flag to support a court case about sovereign access to the sea. Bolivia lost its access to the Pacific Ocean in a late-19th-century war with Chile and remains landlocked. The case at the International Court of Justice begins on March 19.

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