The 10 most important things in the world right now

Two cyclones could bookend Australia over the weekend. One is developing in the Coral Sea in the east and another has already formed of the coast of WA. Photo: iStock.

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

1. Khalid Masood has been named as the attacker responsible for the atrocity at Westminster Bridge. Masood, 52, was born in Kent and had previously been investigated by MI5 over concerns relating to violent extremism. Some neighbours called him “the vampire,” because they frequently saw him go out at night.

2. The civilian victims killed in the attack have been named. Five people, including a police officer, were killed and at least 40 were injured.

3. A man was arrested after trying to drive into a crowd in Antwerp, Belgium. People managed to jump out of the car’s way before the military chased and stopped it. The driver was arrested and named as Mohamed R, born on May 8, 1977, of French nationality and domiciled in France.

4. “Grexit” is back. It appears Britain isn’t the only nation that may depart the EU. Despite showing signs of recovery, Greece looks as if it is tipping back into recession — GDP shrank by 1.2% in Q4 2016. It potentially faces several difficult options, including a debt relief package from the IMF, or defaulting out of the eurozone.

5. US Republicans have delayed voting on “Trumpcare” after struggling to reach an agreement on the healthcare reform bill. That forced the president to deliver an ultimatum: Pass the American Health Care Act on Friday, or Obamacare stays. Trump is reportedly over negotiating and if the bill is not passed, the president will move on.

6. The US House Intelligence chief is walking back on his claim that law enforcement officials may have “incidentally collected” communications involving Trump’s transition team, saying he doesn’t know “for sure” if the Trump team was even on phone calls.

7. The US is warning that North Korea will test another missile soon. A US official said it could come as early as the end of the month. A US WC-135 Constant Phoenix “nuclear sniffer” plane will be patrolling the area to detect possible activity.

8. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is again suggesting he will impose martial law to aid his brutal crackdown on the country’s drug trade. He last raised the idea in January, saying, “no one can stop me,” in reference to the Congress and Supreme Court.

9. Arctic and Antarctic sea ice has at record lows. NASA, which made the discovery, says the lows are not good news, and it poses a threat for coastlines around the world.

10. Chicago Cubs team president Theo Epstein is the world’s top leader, according to Fortune. He finished ahead of Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Pope Francis, Melinda Gates, and Jeff Bezos.

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