The 10 most important things in the world right now


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

1. US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned. Cohn was unable to persuade the president to forgo tariffs on steel and aluminium.

2. North Korea may be trying to make more nuclear warheads. North Korea told South Korea it was open to denuclearizing shortly after activity was seen at its nuclear reactor.

3. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visits the UK on Wednesday. His arrival has been met with protests over Saudi Arabia’s policies in Yemen.

4. The US imposed more sanctions on North Korea. The State Department said the reason was North Korea’s use of a chemical weapon to assassinate the half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un.

5. Sri Lanka declared a 10-day state of emergency. Curfews have been instated to curb violence that has erupted between local Muslim and Buddhist communities.

6. The US may ramp up restrictions on Chinese imports and foreign investment. The proposed moves are in retaliation for the alleged theft of US intellectual property.

7. Cryptocurrencies are commodities, according to a US judge. This would mean virtual currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum could be regulated as commodities in America.

8. Trump claimed “other countries and other individuals” may have meddled in the 2016 election. The US intelligence community concluded last year that Russia interfered in the race to boost Trump.

9. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said “not in a million years” would the International Criminal Court (ICC) try him. The ICC is investigating Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

10. China’s out-of-control space station may crash to Earth within a month. In 2016, China lost control of its first space station, Tiangong-1, which is predicted to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

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