The 10 most important things in the world right now

Men walk past damaged homes after the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Photo: Hector Retamal/ AFP/ Getty Images.

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

1. Mexican rescuers work saved people trapped under rubble after a massive earthquake, including a girl under a school, as the death toll exceeded 230.

2. Hurricane Maria is gradually moving away from Puerto Rico, while conditions worsen over eastern Dominican Republic. The storm left Puerto Rico without 100% of its power.

3. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit off Vanuatu and a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia. There has been no reports of damage or tsunami warnings for any of the events.

4. Tropical Storm Jose is bringing dangerous surf, rips, and wind to the East Coast of the US. Warnings are in place for parts of New England from Woods Hole, Massachusetts to Sagamore Beach Massachusetts, and Cape Cod.

5. Spanish police have raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials to halt a banned referendum on independence. The regional president says the moves mean Madrid has effectively taken over his administration.

6. The UK has threatened to withhold United Nations funding. The prime minister told the UN general assembly it could withhold up to 30% of its £90 million core funding provided annually unless the organisation reforms.

7. Chinese universities are restricting the admissions for North Korean students and even blacklisting their scholarship applications as the nuclear weapons crisis escalates on the Korean peninsula.

8. Turkish state media has been boasting about its Russian-made missile system’s ability to shoot down US planes. It purchased the S-400 surface-to-air missile system earlier this month, causing a stir among other NATO countries.

9. Myanmar Buddhist protesters tried to block an aid shipment to besieged Muslim Rohingyas in the country. Protesters reportedly threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing into the air.

10. Malaysia arrested seven people suspected of involvement with the Abu Sayyaf militant group, as concern grows in Southeast Asia over the possible expansion of militant Islamist activity.

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