The 10 most important things in the world right now

A rehearsal of the lighting ceremony at Olympia for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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

1. China’s President Xi Jinping is now as powerful as Chairman Mao. As the country’s national congress wrapped up, the leader had his name added to the country’s constitution – the first time this has happened for a living leader since Mao Zedong.

2. China boosted its presence in the South China Sea. A new marine rescue squadron was set up because the country’s “army has to be prepared for battle”.

3. New details have been released regarding the ambush of US forces in Niger. The attack, which killed four US troops and injured two, was also the catalyst for US President Donald Trump’s latest skirmish with military families.

4. Business chiefs in the UK have implored the government to negotiate a Brexit transition deal. Five of the UK’s top trade groups have said that, if there’s no transition agreement, serious decisions will need to be made regarding investment plans and business strategies in early 2018.

5. The Philippines military has defeated ISIS fighters after five months of battle. The rebels linked to ISIS were trying to establish a Southeast Asian base in Marawi, and the ensuing battle killed 45 civilians and displaced 300,000 people.

6. The threat from North Korea has grown to a “critical and imminent level” said Japan’s Defense Minister. Speaking at a gathering of defense chiefs, the minister said the US, Japan and South Korea must address the issue while US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphasised diplomatic efforts.

7. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there’s space for moderate Taliban members in the Afghanistan government. Taliban members who don’t want to “fight forever” would have to renounce violence and terrorism before taking a seat in government.

8. The US is considering sanctions on Myanmar in response to its treatment of Rohingya. The State Department gave the warning as nations pledged $US345 million ($AU441 million) to care for hundreds of thousands of refugees which have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.

9. Mayor cities around the world have pledged to ban diesel and gasoline vehicles from “large parts” of their cities by 2030. The mayors of London, Los Angeles, Paris, Mexico City, Seattle, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Vancouver, Milan, Quito, Cape Town and Auckland all signed on to the pledge.

10. Meanwhile in Singapore, no new cars will be allowed on the road in 2020. Roads take up 12% of the land-scarce nation so the permissible vehicle growth rate is being cut from 0.25% to 0% and will be renewed in 2020.

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