The 10 most important things in the world right now

Performers line up to rehearse for the five day funeral ceremony of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photo: Christopher Furlong/ Getty Images.

Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Monday.

1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set to retain power after a national election on Sunday. The snap election should deliver Abe a “super majority” with two-thirds of the seats going to his coalition.

2. Catalonia’s leaders said they would not accept direct rule imposed by the Spanish government on the weekend. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced he would invoke special constitutional powers, never used before, to fire the regional government and force a new election. The Spanish government will vote to give Madrid control on Friday.

3. The President of Somalia told troops to prepare for a “state of war” against extremist group al-Shabab. The group claimed responsibility for the Mogadishu truck bombing that killed 358 people last week.

4. UK Prime Minister Theresa May privately agreed to pay up to a €40 billion ($AU60.17 billion) Brexit divorce bill. That figure, told to European Union leaders, is double a previous proposal called “peanuts” by the EU.

5. Indonesia will send a diplomatic note to the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after its military head was denied US entry. The army general had been invited to speak at a forum by the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff.

6. At least two people have died from Typhoon Lan in Japan. Lan hit the mainland early Monday morning, causing heavy rainfall in Tokyo before heading out to sea. More than 80,000 people in a city 200km north of Tokyo were ordered to evacuate as a precaution.

7. US army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will be sentenced on Monday. Last week Bergdahl pleaded guilty to deserting his post while in Afghanistan in 2009.

8. Starting Monday high polluting vehicles will be charged £10 ($AU16) to enter central London. The city’s mayor introduced the “T-charge” for toxic vehicles to address air pollution.

9. The coalition of Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri should win more seats from the weekend’s mid-term elections. Macri had a narrow victory two years ago and this election was seen as a test of his leadership.

10. US President Donald Trump will release highly classified files on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. Congress stipulated that the documents be released by October 26 dependent on the President’s actions.

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