Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday.
1. Florida and the Caribbean are beginning a slow and costly recovery following Hurricane Irma — one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm’s destruction could cost $US50 billion ($AU62 billion) in the US and the clean up is expected to take months. Here are some dramatic photos that show the trail of destruction it carved through Florida.
2. The UN Security Council has unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea. They follow the Hermit Kingdom’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3. The sanction impose a ban on the country’s textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.
3. Russian smugglers have been shipping petroleum and other goods North Korea could not produce itself.
4. Meanwhile CIA director Mike Pompeo said it’s “fair to say” the rogue state may be working with other countries to sell secrets about its missile program. “The North Koreans have a long history of being proliferators and sharing their knowledge, their technology, their capacities around the world,” he said on Fox News, suggesting they would likely work with a country like Iran, which “would be willing to pay them for it”.
5. Members of US president Donald Trump’s legal team reportedly wanted Jared Kushner to step down over his Russia ties. They were concerned with his controversial meetings with Russian nationals during the election and his initial failure to disclose them on his security clearance form.
6. Sixteen years after 9/11, five suspects are still awaiting trial. They are still being held in detention at the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, with a trial not expected until at least 2019.
7. The British government’s bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first parliamentary test. UK MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290.
8. Three men, including two UK soldiers, have been charged under terror laws with being members of a banned neo-Nazi group, National Action. The first far-right group was banned by the Home Office in 2016.
9. Norway’s ruling coalition party appears set for a second term after claiming victory in the country’s general election. That gives conservative prime minister Erna Solberg four more years.
10. Australia has kicked off its postal survey on same-sex marriage. Ballots for the non-binding, voluntary vote on support for legalising same-sex marriage began to be distributed around the country today with results expected on November 15.
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