The 10 most important things in the world right now

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

1. Berlin police are offering a €100,000 (AU$144,265) reward for Anis Amri, the prime suspect after a truck drove through a Christmas market on Monday, killing 12 people.

2. British MPs will almost certainly be given a final vote on Brexit. As Adam Bienkov writes, “If the Supreme court decide, as is likely, that MPs must be given a vote on triggering Article 50, then it is surely inconceivable that they would not also be given a vote on the final exit deal.”

3. Uber has shut down its self-driving car program in San Francisco after regulators revoked the registration of the vehicles. Apparently the ride-sharing company didn’t obtain the proper licence from the DMV that is required by all self-driving carmakers.

4. Japan plans to boost its Coast Guard budget to 210 billion yen (AU$246 billion), add five new patrol ships and over 200 more personnel as the dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea heats up. It’s part of a steady military build up in response to China’s increasing maritime presence.

5. Las Vegas just became the largest US city to run on 100% renewable energy. City officials had been working toward this goal since 2008, when they first began the transition to renewable energy. Since then, the city has saved some $5 million a year.

6. Delta airlines is denying a claim that it allegedly removed a YouTube star from a flight for speaking Arabic. Adam Saleh, who is notorious for his pranks on YouTube, and a friend were removed from a Delta flight following “disturbance in the cabin”, says the airline. Saleh said he will be contacting his lawyers.

7. Boeing will build the next US Air Force aircraft for less than US$4 billion (AU$5.5 billion) after meeting with US president-elect Donald Trump. It comes after Trump described the cost for Boeing’s contract to develop the next presidential fleet as “out of control”.

8. Almost all communication between the US and Russia has ceased, according to the Kremlin. It comes as tensions between Moscow and Washington are growing, a month before US president Barack Obama hands over power to Trump, who has praised Russian president Vladimir Putin.

9. An effort to repeal North Carolina’s “bathroom law” has failed, ending what was expected to be a day of bipartisan compromise in one of America’s most bitterly divided states. The law, known as House Bill 2, has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

10. Trump has tapped Peter Navarro to lead a newly formed White House National Trade Council. Navarro is an economic adviser to Trump’s campaign and is well known for his tough-on-China stance, which matches up with Trump’s rhetoric from the campaign trail.

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