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Handelsblatt reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel called up Chinese President Xi Jinping before flying to Washington to meet with President Trump tomorrow.

Merkel and Xi hope to find some common economic ground — especially when it comes to dealing with President Trump — before July's G20 summit in Berlin, per Handelsblatt's sources. The two leaders are leading proponents of globalization in direct opposition to Trump's distaste for free trade.

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"Mulan" will head to Disney+, home to more than 60 million subscribers

An outdoor ad for Disney's "Mulan" in Hollywood, California. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images

Disney announced Tuesday that its most highly-anticipated blockbuster of the year, the live-action remake of "Mulan," is heading to Disney+ on Sept. 4 for consumers to purchase for a premium access fee of $29.99. The movie's theatrical debut had previously been delayed four times.

Why it matters: It's a huge blow to movie exhibitors across the country that were relying on the Disney hit to come exclusively to theaters for at least a few months before being made available to consumers at home via streaming.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5:30 p.m. ET: 18,380,616 — Total deaths: 696,389 — Total recoveries — 10,973,850Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5:30 p.m. ET: 4,751,853 — Total deaths: 156,301 — Total recoveries: 1,513,446 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. States: New York City health commissioner resigns in protest of De Blasio's coronavirus response — Local governments go to war over schools.
  4. Public health: 59% of Americans support nationwide 2-week stay-at-home order in NPR poll.
  5. Politics: Trump's national security adviser returns to work after coronavirus recovery Republicans push to expand small business loan program.
  6. Sports: Indy 500 to be held without fansRafael Nadal opts out of U.S. Open.
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At least 50 killed, 3,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: Lebanon's health minister said in televised remarks that more than 50 people have been killed and over 3,000 injured.