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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump says China called and wants to 'get back to the table' on trade talks

  • 36 arrested after Hong Kong protesters, police clash

  • G7 leaders nearing deal to help fight Amazon fires

  • Ex-Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio announces he is running for a 7th term

  • Disney to open stores inside Target locations

President Trump said Monday that unidentified Chinese officials "called last night our top trade people and said, 'Let's get back to the table', so we'll be getting back to the table, and I think they want to do something." Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, Trump added: "This is the first time I've seen them where they really want to make a deal." He wouldn't say if he's been in direct contact with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he called "a great leader." China's lead U.S. trade negotiator said earlier Monday that Beijing is willing to resolve the trade war through "calm negotiation."

Source: Reuters, The Associated Press

Police in Hong Kong arrested 36 people, including a 12-year-old, on Sunday, following a violent protest. Demonstrators have been filling the streets for more than two months, calling for democratic elections and investigations into use of force by police. Tens of thousands of people marched peacefully earlier in the day, but at the end of the rally, some protesters broke away from the crowd at Tsuen Wan Park and started setting up traffic barriers in the road. Police responded, putting up warning flags and then using tear gas to get the protesters to leave. In response, demonstrators threw bricks and gasoline bombs toward the officers, The Associated Press reports. After the remaining protesters, holding sticks and rods, started chasing officers down the street, police pulled their guns on the group, with one firing a warning shot.

Source: The Associated Press

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said leaders at the Group of Seven summit are close to reaching a deal that provides Brazil with "technical and financial help" to fight the fires devastating the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon is the world's largest rainforest, and produces about 20 percent of the planet's oxygen. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who campaigned on a promise to open the Amazon up for mining, logging, and other businesses, was slow to react, and environmentalists and researchers say cattle ranchers and loggers, emboldened by Bolsonaro's rhetoric, are behind most of the fires. Last week, Macron said the fires are an "international crisis."

Source: BBC News

Joe Arpaio marked the anniversary of President Trump pardoning him by announcing he is once again running for sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona. "Watch out world!" the 87-year-old said in a statement. "We are back!" Arpaio served six terms as sheriff, and his jails were known for their harsh conditions, with immigrants housed in tents outside during extreme heat; inmates fed twice a day with food served at other institutions as a form of punishment; and prisoners forced to wear pink underwear. Arpaio was defeated in November 2016, and convicted in July 2017 of contempt of court after he disregarded a federal judge's order to stop arresting immigrants based on suspicion that they were undocumented. One of Trump's earliest supporters, he was pardoned by the president in August 2017.

Source: NBC News

There's about to be more Mickey Mouse, Frozen, and Marvel inside Target stores across the United States. Disney and Target announced on Sunday they are partnering to open permanent Disney stores inside select Target locations, with 25 launching on Oct. 4. By October 2020, the plan is to open 40 more stores within the store. The designated Disney areas will cover about 750 square feet adjacent to the children's clothing and toy section, with at least 450 items, including apparel, games, and some collectible merchandise. The first Disney stores will open in several major cities, including Philadelphia, Chicago, and Denver.

Source: Reuters
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