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

1. US president Donald Trump’s approval rating hit a new low. His approval rating hit 37% — the lowest level since he assumed office in January.

2. The UK is secretly considering a 10-year interim post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. Such an agreement could keep trade tariffs between the EU and the UK at zero for a decade, providing some measure of stability while the rest of Britain’s Brexit terms are hashed out.

3. British prime minister Theresa May starts a tour of the UK on Monday as part of a plan to engage with all the nations before she formally launches Brexit at the end of this month.

4. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of using “Nazi measures” in an intensifying dispute between Ankara and Berlin. Only a couple of weeks ago that Merkel told Turkey to stop invoking Berlin’s Nazi past when criticising the cancellations of Turkish ministers’ rallies in Germany.

5. North Korea’s latest rocket-engine test showed “meaningful” advancement in engine function, according to South Korea. The North’s leader Kim Jong Un says the successful test marked “a new birth” of its rocket industry.

6. Uber’s president Jeff Jones has quit amid company turmoil. Jones is leaving Uber after less than a year on the job after a rocky period that included a tell-all blog post by a former engineer on gender bias and sexual harassment she allegedly endured at the company.

7. US Homeland Security is requesting proposals for 30-foot border wall that is “aesthetically pleasing in colour”. The Mexican border, aimed at stemming illegal immigration into the US, was one of Donald Trump’s main campaign promises.

8. Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is suffering “hallucinations” after seven weeks in isolated custody in the US. Mexico extradited Guzmán in January after months of legal battles.

9. Malaysia expects more arrests for the murder of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother — including an “important person”. Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar declined to elaborate on details when speaking to the state media, adding that the arrests would be made at the appropriate time.

10. An Australian teenager survived a crocodile attack after being dared to jump into croc-infested waters. The 18-year-old reportedly punched the crocodile to get away after the animal grabbed him by the arm. The day before another man disappeared in the same area and was later found dead, with police suspecting he was killed by a four-metre crocodile.

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