Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Thursday.
1. Zimbabwe’s new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa made his first public statements after Robert Mugabe resigned. Zimbabwe’s parliament said Mnangagwa would be sworn in as President on Friday.
2. North Korea said the US’s decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism is a “serious provocation”. The designation allowed the US to impose greater sanctions.
3. UK’s Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a new budget. Announcements included a railcard for millennials and the abolition of stamp duty for most first-time homebuyers.
4. Governments around the world are launching investigations into Uber. The investigations are looking into the company’s cover up of a data breach affecting 57 million users.
5. Tesla has completed construction of the world’s largest lithium ion battery. Elon Musk made a bet that he could build the 100-megawatt project in Australia in 100 days, or it was free.
6. Saad al Hariri un-resigned as President of Lebanon. Hariri resigned earlier this month, putting Lebanon at the forefront of the regional tussle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
7. Facebook will allow users to see if they’ve interacted with Russian-linked accounts. Roughly 150 million Facebook users saw posts linked to the Russian propaganda organization Internet Research Agency.
8. Papa New Guinea police stormed a former Australian detention center housing asylum seekers and refugees. Australian officials left three weeks ago, but more than 400 men remain and are scared for their safety.
9. Palestinian rival factions Hamas and Fatah agreed to hold general elections by 2018. Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in October after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza to Fatah.
10. Amazon Australia has just opened. The site soft launched to “a small number” of customers, with a full public launch expected next week.