The 10 most important things in the world right now

Cliff Marisma of Australia (left) and Per Estein Prois-Rohjell of Norway compete in the inaugural World Jousting Championship at the St Ives Medieval Faire in Sydney. Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday

1. US President Donald Trump’s effort to repeal Obamacare appears doomed, with the Republican Party unable to get enough votes to pass its latest healthcare bill. The legislation is likely dead with three Republican senators — Susan Collins, John McCain and Rand Paul — announcing they will vote ‘no’. Collins described the bill as deeply flawed, while protestors at a Senate hearing were dragged out and arrested.

2. North Korea has called recent Trump tweets a declaration of war, saying it could shoot down US bombers even if they weren’t in North Korean airspace. Trump recently tweeted that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” if the nation continued its nuclear provocation. The White House has labelled the claims “absurd” just days after US bombers flew close to North Korea in a show of force.

3. Puerto Rico is without power for the fifth day in a row after Hurricane Maria hit nearly a week ago. The US territory is almost entirely without electricity, which has affected communications and hospitals. They mayor of San Juan has said it could take four to six months to restore electricity on the island.

4. Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison in an underage sexting case that rocked the 2016 US presidential race. Weiner sent explicit messages to an underage girl, and that investigation led authorities to reopen the Clinton emails case just days before the election.

5. Chinese authorities have shut down an underground bank which made $70 million in international transactions in the last month. The bank was based out of a food market in Guangzhou. In 2016, more than 380 Chinese “shadow” banks, involving $135.97 billion, were closed by Chinese police.

6. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly tried to place a mole inside Facebook shortly before joining Trump’s campaign. The informant was to report back on what the job application process was like. Russian operatives also targeted Facebook last year with ads that aimed ‘to sow chaos’ between racial and religious groups.

7. The new Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has apologised in an open letter to Londoners after the company lost its licence to operate. While the company’s immediate response on Friday was firm and indicated it would appeal, Khosrowshahi’s letter showed a different tone and opened with an apology “for the mistakes we’ve made”.

8. China is having another social media crackdown, with WhatsApp users experiencing limited usability . WhatsApp users are currently unable to send photos and video messages to users outside of China. Security is being ramped up in China ahead of the Communist Party’s five-yearly national congress next month.

9. The loss of passporting rights, post-Brexit, will not necessarily be disastrous for UK-based financial services firms. Financial services lawyer Tim Dolan says firms may be able to retain existing European clients even if the UK loses financial passporting rights, and without opening offices in the European Union (EU).

10. Antarctica just lost another huge chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan. The ice broke off of Pine Island Glacier, which is the fastest melting glacier on the continent.

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