Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Thursday.
1. The Russia scandal is continuing to unfold and it’s keeping US president Donald Trump very busy. Apparently he keeps angrily calling Republican senators, frustrated with their continued efforts to keep the Russia probe alive.
2. At least eight people have died after Typhoon Hato hit Macau. Many are still missing after one of the strongest typhoons on record barreled into the southern Chinese territory, wiping out power and water in some areas.
3. Britain plans to work closely with EU on data protection rules after Brexit. The UK government hopes the plan will reassure businesses and law enforcement agencies that there will be no disruption to exchanges of information.
4. The winning numbers for the record US Powerball have been announced. If someone wins they will be $US700 million ($AU880 million) richer. The lottery has rolled over 20 consecutive times without a winner, having started at $US40 million.
5. Canada fears there could be a huge surge in asylum seekers crossing the border from the US. If it was to occur it would put significant political pressure on prime minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a 2019 election.
6. Spain is investigating the police response to the Barcelona attack. Regional police may have missed an opportunity to prevent the terror attack due to procedural errors and a lack of communication.
7. A Dutch concert had to be cancelled after a terror attack tip-off from Spanish police. A van containing gas canisters was discovered near the music venue in Rotterdam, where US band Allah-Las were due to play.
8. China’s president Xi Jinping has pledged to properly address differences with South Korea. The official Xinhua news agency reports Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory message sent to the South Korean president on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-South Korea diplomatic relations.
9. US diplomats in Cuba have returned home with brain injuries and nerve damage after a possible “sonic attack”. The incidents reportedly began in Havana beginning in late 2016. Officials are investigating.
10. Vietnam has called for Southeast Asian unity amid rising South China Sea tension. General secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong says the region needs to be unified in resolving territorial disputes and work together to not “become a playing card for the competition among major countries”.
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