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Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday.
1. The US president has declared a state of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma nears. Irma is officially one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, and the Category 5 storm is expected to make landfall with devastating winds, heavy rains, and catastrophic storm surges as early as Wednesday afternoon. Despite the warnings, Sir Richard Branson says he to ride out the storm on Necker Island which is expected to take a direct hit.
2. Trump has terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — a program that shields illegal immigrant children from being deported from the US — and says if Congress can’t act on it within six months, “I will revisit this issue!” he said.
3. A student found an ancient Canadian village that’s 10,000 years older than the Pyramids. The discovery now backs up the nation’s claims that its ancestors fled for survival to British Columbia’s Central Coast as it never froze during the Ice Age.
4. North Korea’s nuclear test site is at risk of imploding, according to a Chinese scientist. By measuring and analysing the shock waves caused by the blasts, researchers at Hefei’s University of Science and Technology of China believe the mountain under the launch site could be at risk of collapsing.
5. Britain could still reverse Brexit, according to former Conservative minister Michael Heseltine, if there was a “change in public opinion”. If so, he says Britain could face another election in just two years and prime minister Theresa May would not lead the party into that election.
6. Leaked document suggests the UK plans to cut the numbers of low-skilled migrants from Europe after Brexit. The document, obtained by The Guardian, suggests free movement will end in March 2019 and the UK will adopt a “more selective approach” based on the UK’s economic and social needs.
7. French president Emmanuel Macron is more unpopular in France than Trump in the US. After being in office for just a little over 100 days, Macron’s popularity has slumped to just 30%. Trump’s is 38%.
8. Putin says Trump is not his “bride” and claims Americans don’t know the difference between Austria and Australia. His comments were in response to question about the US’s recent sanctions on Russian diplomatic facilities.
9. Myanmar’s de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, says her government is protecting everyone in Rakhine state and has criticised the “huge iceberg of misinformation” about the conflict which has seen more than 123,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh in the last two weeks.
10. An Indian journalist was shot dead at her home in the southern city of Bengaluru by unidentified assailants. Gauri Lankesh, the editor of an Indian weekly newspaper, was known as a fearless and outspoken, and a staunch critic of right-wing political ideology.
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