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5 things you need to know this morning: Sept. 11, 2018

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. It’s the 17-year anniversary of 9/11

Today, people all over the world are remembering where they were on Sept. 11, 2001 and honouring the memory of the thousands of lives lost on that fateful day. In total, 2,977 innocent victims died in the attacks that day and more than 6,000 others were injured. All 19 hijackers were also killed, while five men accused of planning the deaths remain in Guantanamo Bay awaiting trial.

2. Harry and Meghan will soon make their first royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are preparing for their first tour as a royal couple. The tour will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Sydney, Australia and make its way through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand for 16 days. It will end in Rotorua, New Zealand on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

3. Australian cartoonist condemned for depiction of Serena Williams

Serena Williams didn’t look very good when she berated the chair umpire multiple times during the U.S. Open final over the weekend. However, artist Mark Knight is now receiving quite a bit of criticism for his cartoon depicting Williams’ outburst, which was published on Monday. Even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling responded, describing it as “racist and sexist tropes.”

4. A rare corpse flower is set to bloom in Toronto

A few months ago, a corpse flower bloomed in Vancouver and it became quite the popular tourist attraction. Now, the same is set to happen in Toronto as the flower, called a titan arum, will bloom years ahead of schedule, bringing a putrid smell and surely plenty of visitors along with it. The plant is located at the Toronto Zoo and will only bloom for a day or two.

5. Japan wants to end a 33-year old ban on whaling

Japan wants to start hunting whales again and are trying to end a 33-year ban on the practice. The country claims that some species have recovered enough to be killed sustainably. Protesters and representatives from other countries have voiced their opposition to the idea. Although whale hunting has been banned for 33 years in Japan, it’s still done for scientific research purposes.

Notable Birthdays (via Famous Birthdays)

Ludacris (41), Harry Connick Jr. (51), Bashar Al-Assad (53), Mike Moustakas (30)

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