The 10 most important things in the world right now

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo: STR/ AFP/ Getty Images.

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

1. British prime minister Theresa May will meet with the leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist (DUP) party on Tuesday in order to agree on a deal to let the Conservatives form government. The DUP is likely to ask for economic aid in exchange for propping up May’s government.

2. One of the most alarming moments of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony has gone overlooked. US president Donald Trump never once asked him about Russia’s interference in the US election as it related to national security in their nine conversations before he fired Comey in early May. Instead, he seemed exclusively concerned with Russia’s election meddling as it related to him personally.

3. US president Donald Trump is breaking all of Barack Obama’s rules in Syria — and it seems to be working. After directly striking Syrian president Bashar Assad’s regime in April he is yet to feel the backlash by Syria, Russia, or Iran. Trump seems to have successfully called Iran’s bluff.

4. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says that North Korea’s advancing missile and nuclear programs are the “most urgent” threat to national security. While speaking at the US House Armed Services Committee hearing he also said there is no indication that Russia wanted a positive relationship with the US, and that it had chosen to be a strategic competitor.

5. North Korea is openly trolling Trump by responding to months-old tweets, threatening to nuke NYC. Quoting a Trump tweet from January that said an intercontinental ballistic missile launch from North Korea “won’t happen!” the North’s state media says “the strategic weapons tests conducted by the DPRK clearly proved that the time of its ICBM test is not a long way off at all”.

6. Russia’s Opposition leader has been jailed. Alexei Navalny, 41, will serve 30 days under administrative arrest for violating the law on staging rallies. Navalny intends to stand for the Russian presidency next year.

7. Australia’s prime minister wants to come down hard on internet companies allowing the spread of extremist messages. It follows calls by British prime minister Theresa May who wants new international agreements introduced to regulate the internet.

8. Panama has cut diplomatic ties to Taiwan, switching its recognition to China after a century of having only commercial relations with the Asian giant. Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela says its the “correct path for our country.”

9. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win the 2017 NBA championship. The title marks the Warriors’ second in three years, and potentially, the beginning of a dynasty.

10. Bitcoin nearly hit $US3,000. The cryptocurrency climbed to a lifetime high of $US2,999.97 a coin in overnight action, but it has seen a sharp drop from its highs.

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