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Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Tuesday.

1. US President Donald Trump slammed China with tariffs on $US200 billion worth of goods. The move is seen as a major escalation of the US-China trade war, and China is expected to respond with more tariffs.

2. US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault are expected to testify in a public hearing. The woman said she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when she was 15 and he was 17.

3. South Korean and North Korean leaders are meeting in Pyongyang for their third and possibly most challenging summit.They have met twice this year, but this marks the first visit by a South Korean leader to the Northern capital in 11 years.

4. Russia claims it has a new reason to blame Ukraine for the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in 2014.Investigators have concluded that a Soviet-made Buk missile supplied by Russian separatists in Kursk were responsible for the crash, but Russia has repeatedly denied involvement.

5. Syria accidentally shot down a Russian plane while reportedly fending off an Israeli missile strike. Russia also announced it had lost contact with an IL-20 aircraft carrying 14 service members.

6. Cuba’s president became the country’s first leader to support same-sex marriage. The revelation comes as the Cuba is set to vote on a new constitution next year.

7. Google apologised for accidentally changing settings on some people’s smartphones without their knowledge or consent. Some Android smartphone users reported that their battery-saving settings were enabled without their knowledge or consent.

8. Pakistan’s Prime Minister held an auction to sell more than 100 of his cars and helicopters. The austerity move was aimed at keeping Pakistan’s struggling economy afloat.

9. Facebook is looking to hire a director of human rights policy to address human rights abuses. Facebook has been accused of not doing enough to stifle the spread of disinformation and abuse on its site.

10. Elon Musk and his rocket company,SpaceX, plan to launch a private passenger around the moon. Japanese billionaire businessman and art collector Yusaku Maezawa bought all the available seats and plans to take several influential artists with him as part of a project.

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