Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday.
1. UK chancellor Philip Hammond looks like he’s won an internal government battle over customs for business post-Brexit. While trade secretary Liam Fox and foreign secretary Boris Johnson, want free-trade deals immediately after Brexit, Hammond wants to keep existing customs arrangements in place for up to three years, which would prevent any bi-lateral arrangements.
2. Donald Trump finally denounced the KKK and neo-Nazis as “repugnant” . But within hours of his comments following the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, at which a woman died, the President was complaining that the media “will never be satisfied” with the way he responded to the violence.
3. The CEOs of three major US companies resigned from Trump’s manufacturing council in protest against the President’s slow response to the Charlottesville violence. The heads of Intel, Merck & Co and Under Armour resigned with Intel boss Brian Krzanich citing “the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues.”
4. Rupert Murdoch wanted Trump to fire Steve Bannon days before the Charlottesville. The New York Times reports the billionaire media mogul pleaded at a dinner at the White House on August 4 for the far-right chief strategist to be sacked. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly were also reportedly at the meeting.
5. Kim Jong-un has reportedly withdrawn threats to shoot missiles towards Guam. As the country marks “Liberation Day” on Tuesday, when the Japanese surrendered in WWII and withdrew the Korean Peninsula, the deadline for Pyonyang’s plan to fire missiles towards the American outpost approaches but it’s unclear if and when Kim will decide to go through with it.
6. The US Justice Dept wants more than 1 million IP addresses from an anti-Trump website. A web-hosting and domain registration company is fighting the warrant for records from disruptj20.org, which helped organise protests against Trump’s inauguration.
7. A legal loophole appears to be letting UK builders sell off properties to hidden investors in Britain. The 1987 laws, meant to protect homeowners from unfair charges, is being used by builders to sell freehold rights to an “associated company” and later on to investors, with rents increasing sharply as a result.
8. Uber has appealed a month-long suspension in the Philippines and says it will resume services while waiting for a decision. While the ride-sharing business has popular support from Filipinos, regulators handed down the suspension because of Uber’s “irresponsible” behavior in defying orders to cease accepting new driver applications.
9. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a warning to Beijing in the dispute between the two nations over the Himalayan plateau. In a speech marking the 70th anniversary of the end of British colonial rule, Modi said “India is capable and we are strong enough to overcome those who try to act against our country”. China has warned of escalation and “counter-measures” if India does not withdraw troops it currently has stationed in the disputed region.
10. A diplomatic row is erupting between Australia and New Zealand over a politician’s dual citizenship. Australian deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is fighting to hold onto his job, and the government, which has a narrow one seat majority, is alleging “conspiracy with a foreign power”. Meanwhile, actress Amber Heard, who suffered Joyce’s wrath when he threatened to kill her dogs, is now teasing him about his predicament.
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