Good morning! Here’s what you need to know on Friday.
1. At least 717 pilgrims died and more than 800 were injured in a stampede on Thursday near the holy city of Mecca when too many people converged at an intersection, causing pushing and panic.
2. China’s President Xi Jinping will announce a landmark cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during a meeting with US President Barack Obama on Friday.
3. Porsche CEO Matthias Müller may be named as the new CEO of Volkswagen when the board meets on Friday to choose a replacement for Martin Winterkorn, who resigned on Wednesday because of an emissions-cheating scandal.
Hungary has started building another razor-wire barrier to keep refugees out, this time with neighbouring Slovenia.
5. The parents of 43 Mexican students kidnapped and apparently killed last year have demanded a new probe into their disappearance, after a report earlier this month showed holes in the official investigation.
6. Singapore closed all primary and secondary schools on Friday due to hazardous pollution levels.
7. Germany will give €4 billion (£3 billion; $US4.5 billion) to its regional statesto help them cope with a record migrant influx.
8. The militant Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team has put out a hit list targeting 84 anti-extremism writers, including ones based in the UK, US, Germany, Canada, and Sweden.
9. A US Border Patrol agent has been indicted on a charge of murder for the first time after shooting and killing a 16-year-old through the Mexican border fence.
10. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hit stores on Friday, with analysts expecting 12-13 million phones to be sold off the shelves in the first weekend.
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