Jul 31, 2018

Iran claims no interest in "humiliation" of Trump meeting

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Austria. Photo: Michael Gruber/Getty Images

An Iranian offical said Tuesday that it "would be a humiliation" to negotiate with President Trump since he trashed the Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reports.

The big picture: The tension between Trump and the Iranian regime has only increased since Trump pulled out of the deal earlier this year, and additional sanctions are approaching on August 6.

  • Trump said on Monday that he'd be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "if they're ready," and without preconditions.
  • But the top official of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Kamal Kharrazi, said that based on the country's "bad experiences in negotiations with America...we see no value in his proposal," Reuters reports.
  • Senior aide to Rouhani, Hamid Aboutalebi, said that "reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken to pave the bumpy roads of talks between Iran and America," per Reuters.

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Trump to end Hong Kong’s special trade status

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President Trump announced on Friday that the U.S. would be fundamentally changing longstanding policies toward Hong Kong as a result of Chinese encroachment on the city's autonomy.

Why it matters: Trump said he would be effectively ending the special trade status that has allowed Hong Kong to flourish as a gateway to the Chinese market. That leaves an uncertain future for businesses that operate in Hong Kong, not to mention the city's 7 million residents, and could be met with reprisals from Beijing.

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Police officer in George Floyd killing charged with third-degree murder

A protester with a sign with George Floyd's last words. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

The state of play: Freeman said that the delay in Chauvin's arrest, which came four days after Floyd's death on Monday, was due to the need to collect sufficient evidence — and that it was "by far the fastest" his office had charged a police officer. He added that he also anticipated charges against the other three officers involved in Floyd's arrest and death, but refused to elaborate.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 5,871,347 — Total deaths: 362,554 — Total recoveries — 2,463,332Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 1,731,035 — Total deaths: 102,201 — Total recoveries: 399,991 — Total tested: 15,646,041Map.
  3. 2020: North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing.
  4. Supreme Court: Senators Grassley, Leahy urge Supreme Court to continue live streams post-pandemic.
  5. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March —How the U.S. might distribute a vaccine.
  6. Business: Fed chair Powell says coronavirus is "great increaser" of income inequality.
  7. 🚀 Space: How to virtually watch SpaceX's first crewed launch Saturday.