5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Kurds strike deal with Syrian government amid Turkish onslaught

  • Video of fake Trump shooting critics shown at Miami conference

  • Search and rescue efforts underway for Typhoon Hagibis survivors

  • Hunter Biden to step down from Chinese firm

  • Simone Biles shatters record for most medals won at world gymnastics championships

President Trump's decision to move U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to launch an assault against the Kurds, prompted the Kurds to reach a protection deal with the Syrian government. Under this agreement, announced Sunday, Syrian government troops will be able to enter Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria for the first time in years, The New York Times reports. The United States and the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia, spent the last several years as allies, fighting against the Islamic State. The Syrian government on Sunday said it will fight the "Turkish aggression," while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his troops have control over about 70 square miles of territory in northern Syria. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday morning announced all American troops will withdraw from northern Syria, in order to stay out of the crossfire.

Source: The New York Times

During a three-day conference held by the pro-Trump group American Priority last week, a video was shown depicting a fake President Trump gunning down, stabbing, and assaulting members of the media and political rivals, The New York Times reports. The conference was held at Trump National Doral Miami, and the footage was recorded by an attendee, who passed it along to the Times through an intermediary. The conference's organizer, Alex Phillips, told the Times the clip was played as part of an exhibit on memes, and the matter is "under review." Donald Trump Jr., former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) all attended the event. Sanders told the Times she didn't know anything about the video, and a person close to Trump Jr. said he also didn't see it.

Source: The New York Times

At least 40 people were killed in Typhoon Hagibis this weekend, one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent memory. Hagibis made landfall Saturday on Honshu island and went out to sea on Sunday morning, bringing devastating rain to central and eastern Japan; meteorologists said that in several areas, about 40 percent of annual rainfall was recorded over the weekend, Japan's NHK reports. At least 16 people are missing and 189 injured, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said more than 110,000 people are participating in search and rescue efforts. Houses are flooded, levees have collapsed, trains and bridges are damaged, and roads across the country are under mud.

Source: NHK, Reuters

Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, said in a statement Sunday that he's stepping down from his position on the board of a Chinese-backed private equity firm. The decision comes after members of the Trump administration, namely the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, accused the Bidens of corruption related to Hunter's foreign business ties. "Under a Biden administration, Hunter will readily comply with any and all guidelines or standards a President Biden may issue to address purported conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such conflicts, including any restrictions related to overseas business interests," Hunter Biden's attorney, George Misers, said in the statement. "In any event, Hunter will agree to not serve on boards of, or work on behalf of, foreign owned companies."

Source: The Washington Post, CNBC

With her two wins on Sunday, Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history. Biles took home two gold medals — one for the balance beam and the other for her floor exercise — and now has 25 World Championship medals. Earlier in the competition, she won gold in the team competition, all-around and vault; she came in fifth on the uneven bars. The 22-year-old's Sunday wins put her ahead of Vitaly Scherbo, who earned the previous record of 23 world medals during the 1990s.

Source: NPR
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