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A South Korean boy uses binoculars to look over the North Korea at the Imjingak observation post on September 3, 2017 in Paju, South Korea. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/ Getty Images.

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

1. South Korea has conducted a missile drill simulating an attack on the North Korean nuclear site, in response to Pyongyang’s sixth test. A live-fire exercise saw rockets launched from fighter jets and ballistic missiles from the ground.

2. It comes as the US secretary of Defence, Jim Mattis, warned of a “massive, overwhelming” military response when a small group meet with US president Donald Trump in response to Pyongyang’s test.

3. Meanwhile, in talks with Japan following that meeting, Trump listed “nuclear capabilities” as an option for dealing with North Korea. The talks between Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe come just days after the North launched a missile that flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

4. A top member on the US House Intelligence Committee says Trump is misleading investigators and the public about his ties to Russia. Rep. Adam Schiff said “the president was dishonest when he said during the campaign that he had no business in Russia, was pursuing no business in Russia.”

5. A state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles as the city battles the worst wildfires in its history. Hundreds of homes have been evacuated as the fires, which cover about 2,023 hectares, started in La Tuna Canyon on Friday.

6. Britain’s commitment to security and defense in Nordic and Baltic nations will not change after Brexit. The Foreign Office is seeking to reassure eight countries, including Estonia, Sweden and Latvia of its support, “especially those facing continued Russian antagonism,” says UK foreign minister Boris Johnson.

7. German chancellor Angela Merkel will seek an end to Turkey’s membership talks with the EU. During a televised debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Martin Schulz, weeks before a German election, Merkel said: “The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU.”

8. Experts have successfully defused a massive unexploded WWII bomb in Frankfurt. 65,000 people were evacuated from their home on Sunday morning to enable the process.

9. Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh as violence in Myanmar intensifies. At least 400 people have been killed in the nine days ago since Rohingya militants attacked security installations.

10. Japan’s Princess Mako has formally announced her engagement to a commoner after receiving the emperor’s approval. The marriage means the princess will lose her royal status.

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