Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday.
1. British prime minister Theresa May is set to ditch her key manifesto pledges. She will be forced to unveil a slimmed down and “humble” Queen’s speech on Wednesday after failing to secure the support of the Democratic Unionist Party for her government.
2. Authorities killed a man in Brussels who attempted a “terror attack” in a train station. No civilians were injured. The suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, was reportedly wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt and yelled “Allahu Akbar” before setting off explosions.
3. President Donald Trump has hinted that the US might take action on North Korea. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out,” he tweeted. “At least I know China tried!” His tweet comes as reports have started to circulate indicating that North Korea may be planning to test a nuclear device.
4. Republican Karen Handel won Georgia’s special election. It’s a high-stakes win for the Republican candidate. Her Democrat opposition Jon Ossoff conceded after results made it clear Handel would emerge the winner.
5. US intel officials reportedly knew former national security adviser Michael Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail — but still shared sensitive information with him. According to The Times, Flynn continued to sit in on meetings where Trump was briefed on top-secret intelligence, despite officials knowing the risks.
6. Russians feel confident about Putin’s foreign policy agenda, but less so about the economy. The findings were part of Pew Research, which surveyed 1,002 respondents from mid-February to early April.
7. A Russian jet flew within 1.5 metres of a US reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, according to US officials. The encounter has been deemed “unsafe” due to the Russian pilot’s “high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft”. Russia disputes the American account, saying the US plane made a “provocative” move towards their jet.
8. France’s defence minister has resigned following claims that her centrist MoDem party wrongly used EU funds to pay party workers. She has been in the role less than a month.
9. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates remain tight-lipped on their boycott of Doha and the US wants answers. On Tuesday the US State Department said it was “mystified” the Gulf states had not released their grievances with Qatar.
10. Islamic militants stormed a school in the Philippines. 300 pro-Islamic State stormed Pigcawayan, a town south of Malawi City, and took control over a school. They have since retreated but authorities are still investigating whether five civilians are still being held captive. No hostages are thought to be children.
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