The 10 most important things in the world right now

A Hmong hill tribe girl carrying a piece of wood from a lake filled timber brought down from the mountains by flash floods, in the mountainous district of Mu Cang Chai in the northern province of Yen Bai. Photo: STR/ AFP/ Getty Images.

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

1. Older people who voted for Brexit have “comprehensively shafted the young,” according to UK Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable. 64% of over-65s voted for Britain to leave the European Union in June last year. In comparison, 71% of under-25s voted Remain.

2. UK companies will now face tougher fines if they lose customer information in data breaches. Among the plans proposed by the government in new data protection laws is giving the regulator, the ICO, the power to fine companies up to £17 million ($AU28 million), or 4% of global turnover, in the “most serious data breaches”.

3. A terror probe has been launched in Paris after an incident at the Eiffel Tower over the weekend. On Saturday, a man tried to breach security beneath the tower armed with a knife and shouting “Allahu akbar”.

4. A pair of Chinese tourists have been detained in Berlin for doing a Hitler salute in front of the Reichstag parliament building. The two men, aged 36 and 49, were questioned at a local police station and released after paying 500 euros ($AU742) bail each.

5. Russian president Vladimir Putin has just returned from his annual shirtless vacation. This time, he set his sights on fishing in southern Siberia accompanied by Russia’s defense minister Sergei Shoigu and other officials.

6. South Korea and the US have agreed in a telephone call on Monday to put pressure and sanctions on North Korea to end its nuclear program. The sanctions could slash North Korea’s $US3 billion annual export revenue by a third.

7. Meanwhile the North and South Korean foreign ministers had a rare face-to-face meeting at the Asean forum on Sunday. The South confirmed the meeting to the BBC and said the North’s Ri Yong Ho had rejected Kang Kyung-wha’s request to renew talks as “insincere”.

8. Flash flooding in Vietnamhas killed 26 people. The floods claimed lives in the country’s western provinces of Son La, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Cao Bang and Lai Chau, which are among Vietnam’s poorest, with 15 others still missing.

9. A rebellion has been thwarted in Venezuela after a group of men stormed a military base. Troops were able to quickly take control the situation, arresting seven people. It comes days after a controversial vote that created a new constitutional assembly which gives president Maduro virtually unlimited powers.

10. Israel has blocked news channel Al Jazeera claiming the network “supports terrorism”. The decision has been met with condemnation with some saying it is an “undemocratic” attack on press freedom.

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