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UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill (left), Cody Riley (center) and LiAngelo Ball were allegedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China. Photo: AP

Three UCLA basketball players, who were arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting last week, are headed back home today, hours after President Trump said he asked Chinese President Xi to help their case, per Reuters.

Staff for Delta Airlines confirmed that the players had boarded a flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles.

What Trump told Xi over dinner in Beijing, per a pool report: "What they did was unfortunate. When I heard about [what happened] two days ago, I had a great conversation with President Xi... He was terrific, and they're working on it right now."

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses as the government pushes to reach a nationwide 90% vaccination target.

Why it matters: Under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, businesses in close contact with customers must require vaccine certificates from them. Ardern said at a briefing Tuesday that such venues wishing to operate, including hair salons, bars, restaurants and gyms, must ensure staff are vaccinated.

State Department to set up new cyber bureau to combat hack attacks

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Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced Monday plans for the State Department to create a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy.

Why it matters: The establishment of the bureau and plans for a new envoy to oversee critical and emerging technology come after a series significant hack attacks and other online crimes, notably ransomware assaults on U.S. infrastructure.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.