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

1. In the ongoing investigation into the Las Vegas shooting, it appears the gunman had planned to escape. The Las Vegas police department have also clarified Sunday evening’s timeline, including how and when police approached Stephen Paddock’s hotel room after he fired 200 rounds into the hallway. These details were confirmed after US President Trump’s visit to Las Vegas.

2. Trump’s administration has requested $AU37 billion ($US29 billion) in hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. The request came a day after Trump visited Puerto Rico. 90% of residents in the US territory have yet to get power back and reports have emerged that food shortages are driving some people to eat dog food for sustenance.

3. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised for general election results at her Conservative Party’s conference. Despite winning 2.3 million more votes, May said the campaign’s tone had been wrong: “We did not get the victory we wanted because our national campaign fell short. It was too scripted, too presidential… I hold my hands up for that. I lead the campaign. I take responsibility. I am sorry.”

4. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has said she “100%” will not run in the next election. Koike recently launched a new political party, Party of Hope, and it had been expected she would face up against current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. However, her party, which plans to field 233 candidates, has not announced a potential leader if they were to win enough seats.

5. North Koreans are working in factories that process seafood for stores in the US, Canada and Europe despite sanctions, according to the AP. Tens of thousands of North Koreans work overseas each year and send money home, but many are forced into conditions of modern slavery. Separately, on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that 40,000 North Koreans currently live and work in Russia.

6. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is headed to Moscow today to meet with Putin in an historic visit. This will be the first time a reigning Saudi monarch has visited Moscow. Oil, investment and Syria are expected to be important topics of conversation during the meeting.

7. Eight troops from Niger and US Special Forces troops were killed on Wednesday. The troops had been conducting a routine joint patrol at the time when they came under hostile fire. Five Niger and three US soldiers were killed. The US military has had a presence in the volatile region for several years.

8. A plague outbreak has killed 30 people in Madagascar. While cases of plague, which can be treated early with common antibiotics, occur every year in Madagascar, the numbers this season are much higher and have occurred in more urban areas. For now, public gatherings in the nation’s capital have been banned and health authorities are discouraging international travel.

9. The European Commission has its eyes on Silicon Valley, with Amazon being ordered to pay Europe $AU376 million (€250 million) over unpaid back taxes. The EU Commission found almost three-quarters of Amazon’s profits were not taxed, with the competition commissioner saying Luxembourg “gave illegal tax benefits to Amazon”. The EU is also taking Ireland to court for failing to collect $AU20 billion (€13 billion) in back taxes from Apple, after previously ordering the country to recover the taxes previously.

10. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani doesn’t mince words about his role, calling it “the worst job on Earth” in an interview with the BBC. Ghani also said Afghanistan, which has been at war for 16 years, is fighting a drug war with the Taliban, not a civil one. However, he hopes NATO troops will be able to withdraw within four years, saying that “management and leadership things are really falling into place”.

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