The 10 most important things in the world right now

A ”bike wrangler” hired by bike sharing company oBike dismantles an art installation in a Melbourne alley. Photo: Michael Dodge/ Getty Images

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

1. The Trump administration will resume processing refugee applications from all countries. US President Donald Trump recently reduced the number of refugees the US will accept to 45,000 in the 2018 fiscal year.

2. China has unveiled its new leadership for the next five year term. Unlike in previous years, there is no clear successor to the President, indicating Xi Jinping wants to stay for a third term in 2022, which would be a very unusual move.

3. Saudi Arabia will build a $US500 billion ($647 billion) mega-city in hopes to diversify its economy. The region, which is 33 times the size of New York City, will run on renewable energy and looks like a very different kind of Saudi Arabia experience.

4. UK politicians have demanded that Facebook reveal details of any Russian meddling in the Brexit vote. A government committee wrote an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking for details of political adverts funded by the Russian state.

5. Coincidentally, Twitter announced it will now label election ads. The company said it would allow anyone to see any ad purchased on its platform, including the identity of the purchaser and ad targeting preferences.

6. Cuban officials called allegations of a sonic attack on US diplomats “science fiction”. Having deployed 2,000 staff to investigate the incident, an official has said the allegation a sonic weapons was used is “slander”.

7. Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey and Japan have been hit by a new wave of cyber attacks. The malware, called “BadRabbit”, affected an airport and the payment systems of a metro system.

8. After delays, a sentence is expected against US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who pleaded guilty to desertion. Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and a sentence hearing was postponed due to comments made by Trump that could affect the outcome.

9. Over in Turkey, a trial starts on Wednesday against human rights activists, including the local Amnesty International head. The activists were detained in July last year and have been charged with terrorism-related offences.

10. Tesla unveiled its first battery project in Puerto Rico. Tesla batteries and solar panels will restore power to a children’s hospital. 85% of the island is still without power.

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