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

1. Apple unveiled the hotly-anticipated iPhone 7 at its annual event in San Francisco. The company also announced its new wireless earphones, and the Apple Watch 2.

2. A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a US spy plane over the black sea, coming within just 10 feet of the American aircraft.

3. The Paralympic Games opened with a colourful ceremony in Rio last night. More than 4,000 athletes took part in the event.

4. Formula One is being bought by US firm Liberty Media in a $4.4 billion deal. Long-standing CEO Bernie Ecclestone will remain in his position but will work under a new chairman. 

5. More North Koreans are fleeing the isolated nation than ever before, according to a survey from the Korean Unification Ministry. 

6. A British MP has hit out at a “racist” Air China magazine. The in-flight publication warned passengers to take extra precaution in “areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.”

7. Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers have been handed a 10-month ban by the US Olympic Committee. Lochte admitted to “over-exaggerating” a story of him being robbed at gunpoint after a night out in Rio.

8. Andy Murray fell apart in the US Open after a bizarre ‘gong’ sound interrupted play. Murray had control of the game up until the incident but eventually lost to Kei Nishikori.

9. The fight to unseat Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe — Africa’s longest ruling dictator — is heating upMugabe has declared “enough is enough” of the growing protests that reflect nationwide anger over a plummeting economy and alleged state corruption.

10. Nintendo shares rocketed up over 28% after announcing Mario is coming to the iPhoneThe market has long awaited Nintendo’s entrance into smartphone gaming, as sales of the company’s own console hardware have sagged.

And finally …

Amazon accidentally revealed the iPhone 7 before Apple

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