Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Monday.
1. Washington awaits the next steps in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US election after the first charges were reportedly filed last week. US President Donald Trump has not commented beyond saying Republicans should “do something” in a series of tweets.
2. The Spanish government sacked Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont. The region’s former president declared independence on Friday before hundreds of thousands marched marched in Barcelona over the weekend in support of a unified country.
3. At least five people have died from storms raging across Europe. A storm surge led to 180km/h winds and power cuts as well as deaths in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.
4. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Trump needs to talk directly with Kim Jong Un to de-escalate threats. Ahead of Trump’s upcoming Asia visit, Duterte said the US, Japan, China and South Korea should reassure North Korea that war is not on the table.
5. Kurdish President Masoud Barzani resigned and said he will leave his office on November 1 after holding an independence vote in the Iraqi region that was overwhelmingly supported by the Kurdish minority, but led Iraqi military forces to occupy the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk.
6. At least 29 people died in another attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. The 12-hour siege occurred less than two weeks after the city’s worst ever terrorist attack.
7. The Trump administration is looking into potentially relocating thousands of Puerto Ricans to the US mainland. Much of the island still doesn’t have electricity or access to safe water and thousands of residents have already fled to Florida.
8. Icelanders kicked out their conservative government in a snap election on the weekend. Votes are still being tallied, but a left-leaning coalition could win a narrow majority.
9. The result of Kenya’s presidential election re-run will be announced Monday. A vote in early August was invalidated and the second vote has been called a “sham” by the opposition.
10. The five-day funeral ceremony – and year of mourning – for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej has ended. More than a quarter of Thailand’s 69 million population took part in ceremonies across the country.