The 10 most important things in the world right now

Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Getty Images.

Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Thursday.

1. UK prime minister Theresa May’s new chief of staff “sat on” a review of fire safety in tower blocks like Grenfell Tower. Residents had previously raised chillingly accurate concerns about the building’s safety ahead of catastrophic blaze, which claimed at least 12 lives on Tuesday night.

2. US president Donald Trump is reportedly being investigated for obstruction of justice. The alleged incident occurred just days after he fired former FBI director James Comey. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also interviewing senior intelligence officials and looking for proof of possible financial crimes committed by Trump associates.

3. The US Congress dealt a huge blow to Trump’s Russia plans. The Senate voted 97 to 2 on Wednesday, to pass measures that will toughen sanctions on Russia and prevent the White House from unilaterally easing or removing the sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in 2014 and 2016.

4. A US congressman remains in a “critical” condition after being shot by gunman. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was among four people shot as Republican lawmakers practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was killed in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police during the attack. This video shows the chaos when Hodgkinson opened fire.

5. The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by 25 basis points to a range of 1% to 1.25%. The move signals that it believes the economy is healthy enough to withstand tighter financial conditions.

6. A leaked audio recording has revealed Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull mocking Trump. In it he refers to winning in the polls, not the fake polls but the online polls, “They are so easy to win,” he says. He also jokingly referenced Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

7. There are officially no more roaming charges for European Union citizens within the EU. The new rule, which comes into force today, means that citizens travelling abroad will be able to call, text and browse the internet on mobile devices at the same price they pay in their home EU nation.

8. United Airlines grounded a flight bound for Italy after passengers witness jet fuel gushing from the wing. Video captured by a passenger on board shows fuel streaming from the left wing tip as the plane prepared to take off in New York.

9. ISIS has taken bin Laden’s old Afghan stronghold of Tora Bora from the Taliban. The militants seized the network of caves on Wednesday. The area was Osama bin Laden’s hideout until December 2001, when he narrowly escaped a botched US bombing campaign.

10. Mount Everest is now “easier” to climb. The Hillary Step, a notoriously difficult outcrop that was the final challenge towards the summit of the world’s highest mountain, has disappeared.

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