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

  • Andrew Luck announces stunning retirement

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

  • Curaçao, Louisiana square off in Little League World Series championship

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

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck stunned the NFL on Saturday evening when he abruptly announced his retirement from football at the age of 29. The Colts had just played their third preseason game when Luck made the decision public; the regular season begins in two weeks. The oft-injured Luck said the decision was the hardest in his life. "I've been stuck in this process," he said, referring to his fairly constant string of injuries over the last four years. "I haven't been able to live the life I want to live. It's taken the joy out of this game." Luck added that "the only way to move forward" was to leave football. When Luck was healthy he was one of the game's elite passers. The Colts were widely considered title contenders before the announcement.

Source: ESPN, CBS Sports

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

The Little League World Series championship game between Willemstad, Curaçao and River Ridge, Louisiana, will kick off on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It will also stream live on WatchESPN. Curaçao knocked off the tournament favorites, Chofu City, Japan, who had previously dominated the competition, with a 5-4 victory on Saturday in the international bracket's title game. On the U.S. side, Louisiana knocked off Wailuku, Hawaii, 9-5, securing revenge for a defeat at Hawaii's hands earlier in the tournament. Hawaii and Japan will square off in the tournament's third-place game. Louisiana has never captured a Little League World Series crown. Curaçao won the tournament in 2004 when now-big leaguers Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar were on the roster.

Source: Bleacher Report, Little League
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