Oct 28, 2019

EU agrees to Brexit extension until January 31

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European Council President Donald Tusk said Monday that the European Union has accepted the U.K.'s request for a Brexit extension until Jan. 31, 2020.

The state of play: Tusk made the announcement on the same day that members of Parliament are set to vote on whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call to have a snap general election on Dec. 12, per the BBC.

The big picture: The U.K. had been set to leave the EU on Oct. 31, but Johnson was required by a law passed by opposition lawmakers — and some rebels whom he later booted from his own Conservative Party — to request an extension after Parliament failed to pass his Brexit deal.

  • Johnson last week said he would grant members of Parliament an extended timetable to debate his deal in exchange for a general election on Dec. 12, but it seems unlikely that opposition members, especially Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, will back that proposal.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

Police block protesters at a rally on May 30 outside the state house on the fourth straight day of demonstrations against the death of George Floyd. Photo: Megan Jelinger/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the U.S. Saturday, amid tense standoffs with police in several cities.

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

U.S. cities crack down on protests against police brutality

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.