The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know on Thursday.

1. Russia dropped bombs on an area in Syria controlled by rebels who are not believed to be connected with the Islamic State, even though Moscow claims the airstrikes were meant to target ISIS.

2. Afghan forces have retaken control of the northern city of Kunduz after it was seized by the Taliban on Monday.

3. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking to the United Nations General Assembly, accused Israel of undermining US peace efforts in past years and that it would no longer consider itself “bound” by the accords signed with Israel in the mid-1990s.

4. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a United Nations meeting on Wednesday that Europe will be “destabilized” if the mass flows of migrants and refugees continues.

5. Volkswagen confirmed that 1.2 million cars in the UK contain the software that was found to be falsifying emissions data in the US, including Audi, Seat, and Skoda brands.

6. Hurricane Joaquin may pummel the US east coast and the Bahamas with heavy winds and rain this weekend as it strengthened overnight into a Category 3 hurricane.

7. A
series of blasts
rocked a rural county of China’s Guangxi region, just one day after 17 parcel bombs killed at least seven in the same district, in what police are treating as a “criminal case” and not a “terrorist act.”

8. Emails show Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to break into Hillary Clinton’s private server while she was US secretary of state.

9. Wal-Mart is planning to cut around 500 workers from its headquarters in Arkansas, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

10. At least 10 million poor people face hunger this year and next because of extreme weatherlinked to climate change, according to a new Oxfam report.

And finally…

Tesla’s new Model X SUV has a “bioweapon defence mode” feature, made up of three filters that the company says are capable of scrubbing the air to the cleanliness quality of a hospital operating room.

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