The 10 most important things in the world right now – DINA SPECTOR Aug. 4, 2015, 1:33 AM


REUTERS/China DailyPeople cool off at a water park, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, August 1, 2015. Temperature hit 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in Nanjing on Saturday. Picture taken August 1, 2015.

Hello! Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday.

1. US President Barack Obama on Monday proposed the toughest plan yet to limit carbon dioxide emissions, calling for power plants to cut emissions by 32% by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.

2. The world’s most powerful storm of the year, Super Typhoon Soudelor, left a trail of destruction across the Northern Marianas Sunday night and is now churning toward southern Japan, Taiwan, and China.

3. China has unveiled new rules that ban traders from borrowing and repaying stocks on the same day in an effort to crack down on the short-shelling of shares.

4. The Athens Stock Exchange index fell more than 22% on Monday when it reopened for the first time in five weeks.

5. Rescuers are searching for trapped people after two cranes collapsed in the Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn while trying to lift a ramp to a bridge.

6. Apple is reportedly in talks to launch its own mobile virtual network operator in the United States and Europe, which would allow customers to pay Apple directly for data, calls, and texts, instead of paying a carrier every month.

7. US airline Delta banned the shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies on flights worldwide following backlash over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.

8. Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured when a circus tent collapsed in New Hampshire during a storm Monday night.

9. King Salman of Saudi Arabia cut his month-long beach vacation in southern France short, leaving after just eight days due to an uproar over the closure of part of a public beach in front of the king’s villa.

10. A friendly hitchhiking robot, which had already successfully made it through the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada, ended its American tour early after it was destroyed in Philadelphia.

And finally …

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in 1 hour.