The 10 most important things in the world right now

Spanish students demonstrate ahead of Catalonia’s referendum on October 1. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Friday.

1. In line with UN sanctions, China has ordered all North Korean-owned businesses in its country to close. As North Korea’s main trading partner, China is effectively cutting off a significant amount of revenue for Pyongyang.

2. Islamic State claims its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still alive. The group has released a supposed recording of al-Baghdadi, after US and Russian officials disagreed earlier in the year about whether he was dead.

3. Thousands of students have protested in favour of Catalonia’s referendum on independence from Spain this Sunday. Consequences of a “yes” vote are unknown, as Madrid has said it won’t recognise the results.

4. Elon Musk has announced his plans for SpaceX to land at least two cargo ships on Mars in 202. Musk hopes funding will come from launching satellites and servicing the International Space Station. Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin announced its own plans to partner with NASA and head to Mars.

5. Musk’s other big venture, Tesla, is turning its focus to Puerto Rico. With the US territory expected to have an electricity shortage that could last for months, Tesla is sending across its Powerwall battery systems and has employees available to begin installations.

6. The White House is investigating the email practices of top officials, after it emerged that six senior White House aides used private email servers for government work. The Office of White House Counsel is reviewing email accounts to find any messages related to ongoing federal investigations, such as Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election.

7. Fifteen people have died in a stampede in a Mumbai railway station. The incident occurred at Elphinstone station. At this stage it appears overcrowding and heavy rain triggered the situation.

8. British Prime Minister Theresa May has weighed in on London’s ban of Uber saying it was ‘disproportionate. “I want to see a level playing field. I think a blanket ban is disproportionate,” she said.

9. With fears of Bali’s Mount Agung erupting, nearly 135,000 people have now been evacuated. There are also 30,000 livestock, an important source of income, in the 12km exclusion zone and plans are being implemented to move them.

10. Hong Kong protesters have recognised the three year anniversary of the Hong Kong Occupy movement. Protestors assembled and put up a sea of yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the protests.

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