The 10 most important things in the world right now

A sunken boat lies submerged in front houses after Hurricane Harvey hit Port Aransas, Texas on August 27. Photo: Mark Ralston/ AFP/ Getty Images.

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

1. Hurricane Harvey has pummeled Texas with “catastrophic”, unprecedented flooding. Some estimates say the damage may equal Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the costliest natural disaster in US history. President Donald Trump is expected to travel to the region on Tuesday.

2. The Trump business organisation was reportedly pursuing a deal in Moscow during the election. Russia-born businessman Felix Sater says a Trump Tower deal he was pursuing in late 2015 didn’t go through “because obviously he became president”.

3. The remains of all 10 sailors missing from USS McCain collision have been recovered. This US Navy ship collided with an oil tanker near Singapore last week. The cause of the August 21 accident is under investigation.

4. The US has declared that North Korea’s latest missile test was a “provocative act” but still hopes Pyongyang will come to the negotiating table. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the remarks after the North test-fired three short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday.

5. Formal Brexit talks are due to resume in Brussels with British negotiators urging the EU to show “flexibility and imagination”.

6. Five German climbers have been killed in the Austrian Alps and another was seriously injured. The climbers were roped together when one of them slipped, falling 200 metres down a slope before landing in a crevasse.

7. More than 130 people have been treated in hospital after a suspected chemical leak south of London. A beach on the East Sussex coast was evacuated after people reported breathing difficulties, stinging eyes and vomiting when a “mist” appeared.

8. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte says police can kill “idiots” who resist arrest. It comes two days after hundreds of people turned the funeral of a slain teenager into a protest against Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

9. Thousands of fearful civilians are fleeing Myanmar’s northwest as the worst fighting in five years grips the country. More than 100 people have been killed and the United Nations have been forced to pull out some staff from the region.

10. The whereabouts of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra remain unknown, days after she failed to show up for the verdict at her negligence trial, where faced up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

BONUS: The Chinese government is reportedly seeking to shut down VPNs. Doing so would make it impossible for those in the country to view large non-Chinese websites such as Google.

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