The 10 most important things in the world right now

A Pepper humanoid robot is demonstrated during the SoftBank Robot World 2017 on November 21, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

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

1. Robert Mugabe has resigned as President of Zimbabwe after 37 years. Last week, Mugabe was put under house arrest in what amounted to a coup ending his authoritarian rule.

2. The UN Command said North Korea violated the 1953 armistice by chasing a defector across the border. A video of the incident shows a North Korean border guard appear to step over the line separating North and South Korea.

3. UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet agreed to pay a £40 billion Brexit divorce bill. May won the backing of pro-Brexit ministers as it became evident a bigger divorce bill was needed to break deadlocked negotiations with the EU.

4. The US imposed sanctions against North Korea that also target Chinese companies. Sanctions included blacklisting three Chinese companies that have done more than $US750 million in combined trade with North Korea.

5. Uber paid hackers $US100,000 to cover up a leak 57 million users’ personal details. The names, emails, and phone numbers of 50 million riders and personal information of 7 million drivers were stolen.

6. ISIS has been militarily defeated in Iraq and Syria.ISIS still maintains territories in as many as a dozen countries around the world but has the group has been mostly eradicated in Iraq and Syria.

7. Russia is preparing to pull out of Syria after securing a political future for Syria’s President. Bashar Assad is accused of war crimes with Russian assistance.

8. Saad al Hariri returns to Lebanon for first time since he resigned as the country’s president. Hariri’s sudden resignation earlier this month thrust Lebanon into a regional conflict between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

9. Sweden has stopped most new aid to Cambodia after its Supreme Court outlawed the main opposition party. Last week, he US said it would cut aid to the country, and the EU raised the possibility of changing trade arrangements.

10. Cisco is teaming up with Interpol to share data on cyber criminals. Cisco’s announcement comes just one day after Amazon Web Service announced an intelligence-sharing cloud service for the CIA.

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