The 10 most important things in the world right now

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

1. China and Russia began naval drills near North Korea on Monday. They are the second part of China-Russian naval exercises this year. North Korea launched a missile over Japan last Friday, its second in the past three weeks, in defiance of international pressure, including from China and Russia.

2. US president Donald Trump will address world leaders at the United Nations in New York for the first time on Tuesday morning, local time. His speech is expected to touch on the escalating North Korean crisis.

3. The Trump administration is sending mixed signals regarding a new report that the US may stay in the Paris climate accord. At a meeting in Montreal over the weekend, US officials broached the idea of a compromise that could keep the country in the global agreement if its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions was lowered.

4. Officials say it’s unclear whether an acid attack on four American tourists in France was terror-related. A 41-year-old woman was arrested as a suspect following Sunday’s acid attack, which injured two tourists and hospitalised another two with shock.

5. Another hurricane is headed for the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane as it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. While only a category one hurricane now the storm is expected to rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday.

6. Brexit will turn the UK into a “poorer, meaner, insular place…no-one in their right mind will choose to come here,” according to former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who is due to make his first speech since stepping down as leader in June. Farron supported the Remain campaign in the referendum and has called for a second vote on the terms of any Brexit deal.

7. Meanwhile UK prime minister Theresa May will travel to Canada to discuss plans for a post-Brexit trade deal. It comes ahead of a deal between Canada and the EU, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, coming into force on September 21.

8. Chancellor Angela Merkel is in a comfortable lead just days out from the German federal election. Her conservative party is polling well ahead of its Social Democratic Party (SPD) rivals and is on track to remain the largest party in the Bundestag.

9. A powerful storm has killed eight people and injured at least 67 in Romania. Most of the victims were in and around the city of Timisoara, where winds of up to 100km/h (60mph) brought down trees and tore off roofs. The storm is currently moving north towards Ukraine.

10. Rohingya villagers in Myanmar are begging for safe passage from two remote villages cut off by hostile Buddhists and running short of food. At least 430,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighboring Bangladesh to evade the violence.

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