The 10 most important things in the world right now

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

1. North Korea has fired another missile, less than two weeks after nuclear bomb test. The missile launched from an airfield near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang at 6.57am local time and landed in the Pacific Ocean, east of Japan’s second-largest island, Hokkaido.

2. North Korea secretly makes its older missiles deadly. Not only has the rogue state been busy making new missiles, it also is making its Scud-B variants — North Korea’s first ballistic missile, added to the regime’s arsenal in the 1970s — more dangerous.

3. Facebook doesn’t know the full extent of Russia’s ad purchases during the 2016 US presidential election — or whether these unidentified ad buys are still on the site, primarily because the Russia-linked entities that purchased $100,000 worth of ads last year could have used Facebook’s self-service tool to bypass the company’s employees.

4. Nearly two million acres of land are burning across the US in one of the worst fire seasons the nation has ever seen. There are more than 100 active wildfires and at least 41 uncontained large blazes, battled by more than 25,000 responders, the US National Guard, and half a battalion of active-duty soldiers.

5. UK and EU business leaders are urging both sides of the Brexit negotiations to get a move on. In a draft letter, seen by the BBC, the firms implore negotiators to clarify the rights of UK and EU citizens working abroad by October.

6. Russia and Belarus have launched a large-scale joint military exercise, called Zapad-2017. It is one of Russia’s biggest military exercises since its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. It will last until September 20.

7. Brazil’s president Michel Temer has been charged with obstruction of justice and racketeering. It is the second set of criminal charges he faces and is based on the plea-bargain testimony of the owners of the world’s largest meat packer, JBS.

8. At least 60 people have been killed in two attacks in southern Iraq, according to police and health officials. A suicide bomber reportedly detonated a vest and gunmen opened fire inside a restaurant near the capital of Dhiqar province. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

9. New satellite images show an “orchestrated campaign” to burn Rohingya villages in western Myanmar, according to Amnesty International. The rights group said it is evidence that security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country.

10. Asylum-seekers held in Australian-run detention centers are in limbo ahead of a major deadline. Approximately two hundred men “who have been found not to be refugees” are due to be transferred to a new detention facility within Papua New Guinea after October 31.

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