The 10 most important things in the world right now

Amazon has confirmed it’s coming to Australia. Picture: Getty Images

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

1. The US intelligence community believes the Trump dossier is legitimate. The FBI reportedly used the dossier detailing the president’s alleged ties to Russia to bolster its case for a warrant to begin surveillance on Carter Page, an early foreign-policy adviser to Trump’s campaign. It’s a key signal of their confidence in the validity of the document.

2. The CIA and FBI have launched a joint investigation for whoever gave WikiLeaks thousands of top-secret files published in March. The thief, a CIA employee or contractor, is suspected of using a tool normally used by the spy agency to infiltrate various electronic devices in what’s been labelled one of the worst security breaches in the organisation’s history.

3. British MPs vote by 522 to 13 in favour of holding a general election on June, easily passing the two-thirds majority threshold required under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. Around 100 MPs abstained, while Labour MPs who backed the motion were mocked as “turkeys [who] vote for Christmas.” PM Theresa May is expected to win by by 90 seats, but then Hilary Clinton was a sure thing too.

4. Morgan Stanley thinks the election could push the Bank of England to raise rates. Looking at the Conservative policies, they see “fewer specific commitments and more flexibility to react to the uncertainties created by Brexit”, that along with a range of factors “points to a risk of looser fiscal policy”.

5. Google is reportedly developing an ad blocker for Chrome. The WSJ claimed the blocker could be turned on by default in the USA’s most popular browser, blocking ads that Google deems as not a good experience, a move with major implications for the online ad industry and the digital media publications.

6. China’s central bank is reportedly relaxing measures to curb capital outflows from the nation. The decision by the PBoC reportedly comes as China’s leaders and financial markets feel more confident that pressure on the yuan and the country’s foreign exchange reserves has diminished, thanks largely to a pullback in the surging US dollar.

7. Fox News cut ties with its highest-rating star, Bill O’Reilly, after 20 years, amid an ongoing sexual-harassment scandal. The New York Times reported that O’Reilly and Fox paid out $13 million to five women to settle harassment claims against him. O’Reilly issued a statement saying it was “disheartening” that “completely unfounded claims” had forced him out of his job.

8. Amazon is coming to Australia – looking for a 93,000-square-metre warehouse (the size of five MCGs), which is just one of the many challenges the US online retailer faces in this wide and sparsely populated market.

9. Chinese-owned carmaker Volvo is going electric in 2019. It plans to produce its first fully electric car in China and will export it around the world.

10. Tennis superstar Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant. That means she’ll miss the rest of 2017, but “looks forward to returning in 2018” according to Reuters. It also means that as she claimed a record 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, without dropping a set – at 35, the oldest woman to win a singles Grand Slam – she was already two months pregnant. Williams, 35, is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. She returns to the No. 1 ranking next week.

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