The 10 most important things in the world right now

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

1. Amazon is reportedly planning to open up to 3000 cashierless stores to create one of the largest convenience chains in the US. Amazon Go features what it calls “just walk out” technology and payment through its app.

2. The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, called for additional witnesses to testify at a hearing planned for Monday.

3. A Drug Enforcement Agency plane collided with a Tesla Model X as it crash-landed on a street in Sugar Land, Texas. The single-engine Cessna plane hit several vehicles as it went down on Voss Road. Video footage showed one of those damaged vehicles was a white Tesla Model X.

4. US President Donald Trump suggested that Spain build a wall across the Sahara desert in Africa to address the migration crisis, according to Spain’s foreign minister Josep Borrell. When told that building a wall across the Sahara desert would be no easy feat, the president said, “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” The Sahara is roughly 1000 miles wider than the US-Mexican border, stretching 2,983 miles (4,800km) east to west.

5. Moscow and Beijing hailed the recent Vostok 2018 war games in eastern Russia as a tremendous success, celebrating closer military-to-military relations between China and Russia. But the deployment of a Chinese spy ship suggests that the bilateral relationship between China and Russia continues to be plagued by distrust.

6. A massive Ponzi scheme. US Federal authorities say three men allegedly used the scheme to fund lavish lifestyle, including a Gulfstream private jet, a Bugatti Veyron, and a $330,000 diamond ring. The men were indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering.

7. Democrats are skeptical of Michael Bloomberg’s potential 2020 presidential run. The former Republican mayor of New York is considering a run for the presidency in 2020 as a centrist Democrat, despite an energized left wing and a crowded field. Many Democratic strategists say Bloomberg has no path to victory.

8. A programmer just published a book of hilarious cartoons that shows what it’s really like to work at Google. Emmanuel “Manu” Cornet, a software engineer, uses humor to cast a light on what it’s like working at one of the world’s most powerful, innovative, and likely least understood tech companies.

9. Scientists have unlocked the DNA of the cane toad. The world-first genome will help scientists understand how the potentially deadly toad spreads, how its toxin works, and help find new ways to control the population which has spread across Australia, devastating local wildlife.

10. American College students don’t know where to buy stamps. Officials at Fairfax County, Virginia, found this out when they conducted a focus group with college interns from across various county departments. The students say they didn’t send back absentee ballots because they didn’t know how to get a stamp to put on envelopes.

And finally …
The first real footage of a spacecraft shooting a net and catching a satellite.

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