Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Friday.
1. Florida and Georgia officials are issuing evacuation orders from areas likely to be hardest-hit if the storm makes landfall as Hurricane Irma approaches with 175-mph winds. The hurricane, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, has already killed 14 people.
2. Hackers may have the personal details of 143 million Americans. Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency in the US, said the social security numbers of some of its consumers were potentially accessed by hackers between mid-May and July. Its shares fell 6% following the disclosure.
3. A magnitude 8.0 earthquake has hit off the southern coast of Mexico. The quake Mexico’s capital city, causing people to flee swaying buildings and knocking out lights to part of the city. The PTWC said that hazardous tsunami waves were possible within the three hours following the quake along some coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador.
4. A US federal appeals court just dealt another blow to Trump’s travel ban. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that blocked the Trump administration from enforcing its travel ban against the grandparents and extended relatives of people in the US, and refugees with ties to US resettlement agencies.
5. US president Donald Trump says it would be a “very sad day” for Pyongyang if he used military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat. While he said he would prefer not going the route of the military, it is “certainly” an option.
6. Meanwhile Russian president Vladimir Putin is reluctant to cut off North Korea’s oil supplies. Putin is urging for diplomacy, saying that sanctions and pressure won’t work, while stopping the oil supply would “harm the regular people, like in hospitals”.
7. The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator is worried by Britain’s plans for the border arrangement with Ireland after it leaves the EU and urged London to come up with “creative proposals”.
8. Senior politicians demanded answers from the UK’s top markets regulator about proposed changes to stock market rules, ahead of one of the biggest potential share listings ever — Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant.
9. Malaysia is willing to provide temporary shelter for Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar and that its coast guard would not turn away refugees if they arrived. Malaysia, hundreds of kilometres to the south on the Andaman Sea, is likely to see more boat people from Myanmar in coming weeks and months because of the renewed violence in the region.
10. Here’s why so many nations want to control the South China Sea. A litany of regional and global powers crave its natural resources as well as the benefits that come with controlling on of the world’s most important shipping lanes.
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