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Inside Daily Brief (Aug 25th, 2019)

1. 🌎 Day two of the G7 Summit kicked off Sunday morning in France. Leaders from France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and officials from the European Union are in attendance.  President Trump told reporters that Britain’s newest prime minister, Boris Johnson, needs no advice on Brexit. One newspaper in the UK claims a trade deal between the two nations is already "done.” When asked by a reporter if he had second thoughts about escalating the trade war with China, President Trump said "I have second thoughts about everything." Following his comment, the White House released a clarifying statement: "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative—because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher." The French presidency confirmed Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif's arrival on Sunday but talks with the US are said not to be on his agenda. -- AP NEWS

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2. 🌎 Israel says it foiled an Iranian drone attack. The Israel Defense Forces said it prevented a pending, large-scale attack of multiple killer drones on Israel by striking Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite Militia targets in Syria. The Israeli Air Force tweeted, “the IDF is prepared to continue defending the State of Israel against any attempts to harm it and holds Iran and the Syrian regime directly responsible for the thwarted attack.” Following the strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, an Israeli drone fell in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut and a second drone exploded near the ground. Iran and the Israeli military have not commented on the strike. -- REUTERS

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3. 🌎 Protests in Hong Kong continued for the 12th weekend in a row. On Sunday, police used water cannons on crowds, after firing tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Saturday night. Protesters marched through the city, many wearing helmets and gas masks, with some reportedly digging up bricks from the streets to use as ammunition, hurling them at police. Others poured detergent on roadways to make it too slippery for police lines. Protesters were asked to “stop all illegal acts” and leave the area. This comes after the city’s brief respite from violence with last week’s peaceful march. -- WSJ

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4. 🏈 Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck, 29, announced his decision to retire from the NFL Saturday night due to a series of injuries. As ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that Luck planned to retire, Luck was on the sidelines casually chatting with his teammates. According to reports, some Colts fans booed Luck as he exited the field after the game. Jacob Brissett will work to fill the shoes of Luck. -- USA TODAY

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5. 🍿 "Black Panther" fans can finally mark their calendars for the highly-anticipated sequel. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took the stage at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, announcing that the second movie of the "Black Panther" saga will debut in theaters on May 6, 2022. “Black Panther” premiered in 2018, grossing $700 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide. “We’re not taking our time, we’re really trying to get it right,” Director Ryan Coogler said of the production schedule. -- VARIETY

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6. 🌎 The South Korean armed forces launched a two-day military exercise on Sunday around the islets of Dokdo, a cluster of rocks in the East Sea, which is claimed by Japan as Takeshima. Japan called the drills unacceptable and issued a protest demanding an end to the activities. The island is "obviously an inherent part of the territory of Japan,” the Director General Kenji Kanasugi told the South Korean Embassy in a statement. -- MENAFN

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7. 🗽 The Cherokee Nation intends to appoint a delegate to the US House of Representatives, exercising for the first time a right promised to the tribe in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal government. "We are exercising our treaty rights and strengthening our sovereignty,” the tribe said in a statement. The tribe's newly elected chief asked the council to consider Kimberly Teehee, a former adviser to President Obama. The treaty does not specify whether or not the Cherokee Nation's delegate would be a voting member of the legislature. -- NEWSWEEK

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8. 🌎 Prince Andrew the Duke of York released a statement intended to "clarify the facts" around his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, saying "at no stage" did he "see or suspect" any criminal activity following Epstein's release from prison in 2010. The prince says he stayed in several of Jeffrey Epstein's homes but only saw the disgraced financier 'once or twice a year'. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace previously said, “the Duke of York accepts it was unwise to have met Mr. Epstein in December 2010. The Duke has not met with Mr. Epstein since." -- CBS NEWS

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9. ⛳ Multiple injuries were reported following a series of lightning strikes during the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta on Saturday. Play was paused at East Lake Golf Club around 4 p.m. after lightning struck a tree and several people standing near it, injuring six. Lightning also struck two other spots on the course. None of those injuries was considered to be life-threatening. -- CBS NEWS

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10. 🎙️ On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg said the current White House "plan" is to poke China in the eye with tariffs and see what sticks. "China needs to know that if they're going to perpetrate a repeat of Tiananmen, that they will be isolated from the democratic world." Buttigieg also commented on the G7 Summit and Trump’s isolation, "you have world leaders coming together talking about what they're going to do on climate and you've got a US president who doesn't believe it's a problem." -- NBC NEWS

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Curated and written by Heather Long, a South Carolina-based journalist with experience in local and national news. When she’s not writing, you can find her renovating her home in Greenville (a must visit), doing homework for her master's degree from Harvard or cheering on the Clemson Tigers. Follow her on Instagram at @heatherjayde.

 

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