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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Iranian foreign minister arrives at G-7 summit for surprise visit

  • Trump admits having second thoughts on trade war

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

  • Disney to open stores inside Target locations

  • Troops deployed to fight over 1,000 new fires identified in Amazon this week

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Biarritz, France, for an unannounced visit to the Group of Seven summit. A senior French official said, upon arrival, Zarif went straight into a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who invited his Iranian counterpart to attend the summit where the leaders of other invited countries are discussing how to handle Iran's nuclear ambitions. American officials in Biarritz will reportedly not meet with Zarif. One French official said that France operates on its own terms when asked about Washington's knowledge of Zarif's appearance. The White House was reportedly caught off guard.

Source: The Associated Press, Reuters

President Trump changed course slightly about the United States' trade war with China on Sunday while attending the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France. Trump, just days after hiking tariffs on Chinese imports and ordering (via Twitter) U.S. businesses to begin cutting ties with China, said that he does indeed have second thoughts about how the trade war has played out. "Might as well," he said. "Might as well. I have second thoughts about everything." He also said he has no plans to invoke a 1977 law that would grant him more authority to intervene with U.S. business practices in China. Still, Trump said he believed the other leaders at the summit "respect the trade war," adding that "it has to happen."

Source: The Associated Press, The Washington Post

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

Around 1,200 new fires have been identified burning in the Amazon Rainforest region this week, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research reported Sunday. Six of the country's nine states requested military assistance to combat the blazes, just one day after Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro authorized the armed forces to step in, deploying 44,000 troops in the process. Some parts of the rainforest are burning at their highest rates since records began in 2003, a rise of 84 percent compared to the same time last year. Environmentalists have said farmers clearing the land for pasture are responsible for the fires. They have reportedly been emboldened by Bolsonaro's looser environmental policies. Bolsonaro initially dismissed concerns about the fires, but reversed course this week, perhaps in response to international outrage and sanction threats.

Source: Al Jazeera, Axios
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