The 10 most important things in the world right now

People walk past a wall depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President Donald Trump.
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Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday.

1. Brexit’s effect on UK “will be profound and unpredictable”, and poses a fundamental challenge to the future of the UK by removing the EU law that has helped to bind it together, says lawmakers from the British parliament’s upper house.

2. A spate of acid attacks in London is part of a growing international problem. Available statistics suggest a sharp rise in attacks with corrosive substances in the UK. Data produced by the Metropolitan Police reveal that there were 455 crimes involving corrosive substances in London alone in 2016.

3. US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin met twice at G20 in Germany. The previously undisclosed conversation between the two leaders was first revealed on Tuesday by Ian Bremmer, president of the geopolitical risk firm Eurasia Group. And Trump is furious at media for reporting about it.

4. The US has put new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, and says Tehran’s “malign activities” in the Middle East undercut any “positive contributions” coming from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

5. We finally know how Mark Zuckerberg polls against Trump in a battle for the US presidency in 2020. The Tuesday poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found Zuckerberg, pegged in the survey as the Democratic presidential nominee, in a dead heat against Trump at 40% support each. The remaining 20% of respondents were unsure.

6. Italy may issue temporary visas for migrants that would allow them to travel around the EU. The move is expected to put pressure on Italy’s EU neighbours to do more to help ease the migration crisis.

7. North Korea conducts public executions for theft and distributing illegal media, according to a report issued by a Seoul-based non-government group on Wednesday said. The Transitional Justice Working Group said its report was based on interviews with 375 North Korean defectors from the isolated state over a period of two years.

8. Turkey and the Kurds are on the brink of war — and the Pentagon is right in the middle of it.

9. Saudi-led coalition forces have blocked a UN aid flight to Yemen because three international journalists were also aboard. “It’s unfortunate and partially explains why Yemen, which is one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises, is not getting enough attention in international media,” said Ahmed Ben Lassoued, a spokesman for the UN’s Humanitarian Affairs office in Yemen.

10. A glacier in Switzerland has revealed two frozen bodies believed to be of a couple who went missing 75 years ago. Police are conducting a DNA test that will determine the identities of the pair.

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