The 10 most important things in the world right now

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

1. Donald Trump just had his worst week yet as president of the United States. It began with the FBI announcing an investigating into potential collusion between Trump’s election campaign team and the Russian government, then ended with the American Health Care Act being pulled from the House floor after it became clear it would not have enough votes to pass. That means Trump will not have a single major legislative achievement in his crucial first 100 days in office.

2. A timeline of events that unfolded during the election appears to support the FBI’s investigation into Trump and Russia. Comparing a dossier compiled by veteran spy Christopher Steele with the timeline reveals a series of coincidences that adds to questions surrounding Russia’s interference in the election — and who knew about it.

3. The White House has shot down claims by German officials that Trump gave chancellor Angela Merkel a $US374 billion bill to pay for NATO. The Times reported that one German minister said the alleged exchange was “outrageous” and that “the concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations.”

4. The UK is about to formally trigger the Brexit process — here’s what happens next. On March 29 British prime minister Theresa May will send the Article 50 letter to the EU, which she says will be “one of the most important documents in our government’s recent history”.

5. London terrorist attacker Khalid Masood acted alone, according to police. “We still believe that Masood acted alone on the day and there is no information or intelligence to suggest there are further attacks planned,” said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.

6. Masood was active on WhatsApp just minutes before the attack. Now UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd is calling out the messaging platform, saying it is “completely unacceptable” that terrorists can secretly communicate with each other in these apps.

7. A nightclub shooting in Cincinnati has left one person dead and 15 others wounded. Early reports suggest it stemmed from an argument that may have turned violent. Authorities believe multiple gunmen were involved. No arrests had been made hours after the shooting.

8. Angela Merkel’s party won a crucial vote in Germany, boosting her chances for a 4th term. The Christian Democrats won the regional election in the western state of Saarland on Sunday with 40.1% of the vote, up from 35.2% in the last election there in 2012.

9. Carrie Lam is Hong Kong’s new chief executive-elect. She was chosen amid accusations that Beijing had meddled in the election to ensure her victory and deny the financial hub a more populist leader.

10. Russia’s instability continues to grow. Indicators pointing to the nation’s demise include the distribution and prevalence of wage arrears, pressure on the Russian banking system, low-level social and economic unrest, and government purges. Over the weekend Russian police detained dozens of anti-corruption protesters demanding the resignation of prime minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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