Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday.
1. At least 226 people are dead after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico. Terrifying footage of the quake has been posted on social media. The region includes the national capital, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with more than 20 million people.
2. Category 5 Hurricane Maria is on track to slam Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The eye of the “potentially catastrophic” storm was likely to pass near the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and to pass over Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
3. South Korea’s president says US president Donald Trump’s warning to North Korea was a “firm and specific” stance “on the key issues regarding keeping peace and safety that the international community and the United Nations are faced with”. Trump said he would “totally destroy” North Korea if threatened.
4. The US Air Force is sending more fighter jets to Afghanistan. It has upped the number of F-16 Fighting Falcons from 12 to 18. The jets will support US ground forces as they set up strategic positions throughout the country.
5. British prime minister Theresa May is set to call on tech companies to do more to crack down on extremist content online during a speech at the UN. She will urge them to go “further and faster” in developing artificial intelligence solutions to automatically reduce the period in which terror propaganda remains available, before eventually preventing it from appearing at all.
6. The wreck of a German submarine that sank during WWI has been found off the Belgian coast. Officials believe 23 bodies may be inside the vessel, which is thought to have been sunk by a mine.
7. Melania Trump is threatening to sue a Croatian language school after it used her image in their marketing. The billboards featured a picture of Trump alongside the slogan, “Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English.”
8. Myanmar de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected suggestions she is soft on the military. She says her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation, despite the UN accusing the military of ethnic cleansing involving the country’s Muslim Rohingya population.
9. Qatar’s situation is deteriorating and it is probable the situation will only get worse. In the face of the boycott imposed by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, Doha has been making it seem like it has no need or will to surrender. But the first tranches of meaningful economic data indicate otherwise.
10. The first Australia refugees have been approved for US resettlement. It comes after US president Donald Trump called the arrangement a “dumb deal”, and accused Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull of trying to send America the “next Boston bombers” in “the worst deal ever”.
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