The 10 most important things in the world right now

British prime minister and Conservative party leader Theresa May speaks at the declaration at the election count at the Magnet Leisure Centre on June 9, 2017 in Maidenhead, England. Photo: Matt Cardy/ Getty Images.

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

1. The UK general election results are coming in, and it’s officially a hung parliament. Prime minister Theresa May’s Conservative party cannot reach the 326 seats they need to form a majority government, and it’s looking increasingly likely that she will step down as Tory party leader.Here’s what a hung parliament means.

2. UK Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn was underestimated by everyone, again. And now he’s favourite to be next British PM.

3. Earlier, the pound plunged after a “thunderbolt” exit poll showed Britain could be heading for a hung parliament. The sterling dropped sharply on Thursday evening. At its lowest, it hit 1.2722 against the dollar, a fall of around 2%. It is since stabilised.

4. Some are pointing to young British voters causing the political earthquake. An alternative exit poll published by NME suggests that a massive 60% of young people in Britain who voted, voted for the Labour Party.

5. European Union leaders fear May’s shock loss of her majority will delay Brexit talks. Discussions on Britain’s exit from the EU were due to start this month, although a hung parliament raises the risk of negotiations failing.

6. Meanwhile, it was a “a very damaging day for president Trump”. Former FBI director James Comey’s blockbuster hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday provided several bruising moments for the US president. Among other things, Comey, who Trump fired in early May, said he believed he was fired “because of the Russia investigation”. His comments are expected to amplify calls that Trump was obstructing justice.

7. During the testimony, Comey may have hinted that some of the allegations in the now-infamous Trump-Russia dossier may have been verified. When asked whether the FBI was able to “confirm” any criminal allegations contained in the document, Comey replied that he couldn’t answer the question in an “open setting,” because it “goes into the details” of the FBI’s investigation. Here’s the biggest takeaway from James Comey’s bombshell testimony to Congress.

8. The US “must assume that North Korea can reach us with a ballistic missile”, says the head of the US’s Missile Defense Agency, Vice Adm. James Syring. “The advancements in the last six months have caused great concern to me and others in the advancement of and demonstration of technology of ballistic missiles from North Korea.”

9. ISIS knows its days are numbered, and is “more focused than ever” on attacking Europe. As part of this, the terrorist group has reorganised its military structure to give more power to local commanders to inspire attacks outside of conflict zones, according to Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

10. Authorities have recovered 29 bodies from the sea off Myanmar after a military plane carrying 122 people went missing. The transport plane lost contact 29 minutes after takeoff while flying over the Andaman Sea, about 70 kilometres west of the town of Dawei.

And finally…

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