Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday.
1. Weapons experts say North Korea will have enough material for 20 nuclear bombs by the end of this year. Pyongyang conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test last week and, according to South Korea, is preparing for another.
2. Fresh airstrikes against ISIS in Syria “may have resulted in civilian casualties,” according to the Pentagon. It did not give a number of dead or injured.
3. Jean-Claude Juncker will urge the EU to stick together after the trauma of Brexit in his annual State of the Union speech. The European Commission head says it would be a “fatal error” for the EU to ignore the lessons of the British referendum.
4. A damning new report claims Britain’s intervention in Libya contributed to the country’s economic and political collapse. The report goes even further by saying “ultimate responsibility rests with David Cameron’s leadership.”
5. Hillary Clinton will resume campaigning on Thursday after falling ill at a 9/11 memorial event in New York. Clinton is currently recuperating from pneumonia.
6. SpaceX has announced plans to resume rocket launches in November. The announcement follows a launch pad fire that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and an Israeli communications satellite
7. The Obama administration plans to increase the number of refugees entering the United States by 30 percent. Secretary of State John Kerry presented the new target of 110,000 in the 2017 fiscal year starting October 1.
8. President Obama has said Vladimir Putin is Donald Trump’s role model. “He loves this guy,” Obama said of the Republican presidential candidate’s relationship with the Russian president.
9. Britain has released the new £5 note, its most advanced note ever. The use of polymer marks the end of 320 years of the use of cotton paper and means the currency will be stronger and harder to counterfeit.
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