The 10 most important things in the world right now

People stroll on Las Ramblas in Barcelona Photo: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

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

1. ISIS has claimed responsibility for a terror attack in Barcelona which left 16 dead, at least 100 injured. Among the injured are 26 French citizens and four Australians, while another remains missing. Two suspects have been arrested over the incident. See here how it unfolded.

2. Five suspects were killed and six civilians and one police officer were injured just hours later in a counterterrorism operation south of Barcelona. Catalan officials have linked this incident and a house explosion in Alcanar that killed one person on Wednesday to the Las Ramblas van attack.

3. Google CEO Sundar Pichai says “Terrorism is terrorism, and it takes many forms”, on the Charlottesville and Barcelona incidents. Pichai denounced the recent violence in both cities, saying “terrorism is designed to divide us.”

4. Nearly a dozen US sailors will be punished after the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippines cargo ship collided in June, killing seven sailors.

5. A top US general has reaffirmed America’s commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions. Joint chiefs of staff chairman Joseph Dunford told his Japanese counterpart Katsutoshi Kawano that “an attack on one is an attack on both of us”.

6. Frankfurt and Dublin are emerging on top in the battle to draw highly-paid banking jobs away from London before Brexit in March 2019, with both countries having sent welcoming messages to US, Japanese and other foreign banks and have so far secured the bulk of commitments from big-name banks.

7. A storm in Poland killed six people, damaged thousands of homes and destroyed tens of thousands of trees. The hardest hit areas were Torun, Gdansk, and Poznan – all in the northern and western parts of the country.

8. Wikileaks’ Julian Assange reportedly turned down a trove of documents related to the Russian government. The documents “would have exposed Russian activities and shown WikiLeaks was not controlled by Russian security services.” The organisation denies it.

9. The official way to get an apartment in Stockholm, Sweden is to put your name on a list and wait 10 years. In fact, it’s normal practice that parents register their newborns in the rental queue, so that they have a chance of their own flat once they graduate high school.

10. A deadly 2 metre-long eastern brown snake was found playing with a child’s Lego set in Australia. The snake is considered the world’s second-most-venomous snake and is responsible for about 60% of snake bite deaths in Australia.

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