‘Warrior’ Sanders leaves Trump

”After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump said, adding that he hoped she would run for governor of her state.Sharp, sometimes acid-tongued, Sanders has not been prone to the almost comic slip-ups that embarrassed predecessors in the job, such as short-lived Trump spokesman Anthony Scaramucci.

Crisis hits Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of protesters paralyzed central Hong Kong on Wednesday, blocking major roads in a defiant show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China.Black-clad demonstrators, most of them young people and students, surrounded government offices, bringing traffic to a standstill as they called on authorities to scrap the Beijing-backed plan.

Fake video of Facebook chief stays on Instagram

”I owe it all to Spectre. Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data controls the future.”The video was shared by British artist Bill Posters as part of the promotion for his project “Spectre,” which looks at the outsize influence of technology and social media.”We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram,” said an Instagram spokesperson.”If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces.”

G20 won’t produce ‘definitive’ US-China deal — US official

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Xi Jinping wants a deal “very badly” and repeated that he expects to meet with the Chinese leader at the summit in Osaka. “They are getting hurt very badly by the tariffs,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We expect to meet with President Xi very shortly. We think we’ll meet with him at the G20.” Talks between Washington and Beijing broke down last month after Trump accused China of reneging on commitments and after the United States took aim against China’s tech behemoth Huawei.”Look, we had a deal with China and then they went back on the deal,” Trump said Tuesday. “Unless they go back to that deal I have no interest.”The countries have hit each other with steep tariffs on more than $360 billion in bilateral trade, rattling financial markets and business confidence.

Hong Kong businesses to close for one day as extradition anger builds

A separate online petition calling on protesters to gather Tuesday evening and camp overnight outside parliament may prove more controversial — in the early hours of Monday, police fought running battles with small groups of hardline protesters who had made similar plans to spend the night.- Businesses shuttering -Ahead of Wednesday’s debate, business owners took to social media using a hashtag that translates as “#612strike” — the date of the proposed action — to announce solidarity closures.

Economic issue

“What we are saying is, ‘If the issue of aging starts to show its impact before you become wealthy, you really won’t be able to take effective measures against it’,” Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, the meeting’s host, told reporters late Saturday.

Win-win accord

Under the deal, Mexico acknowledged and agreed to expand its policy of taking back migrants from violence-riven Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as the United States processes their asylum claims.In turn, Mexico managed to avoid a proposal it had continually rejected — that it process asylum claims on its own soil before migrants try to reach the United States.”I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after returning from a trip to Europe.

Big issues

The world economy is now expected to expand by 2.6 percent this year, three tenths of a percentage point lower than its January forecast, and well below the three percent growth seen in 2018, according to the Global Economic Prospects report.By a quirk of the calendar, trade ministers are also meeting the same weekend in Japan but the finance ministers will be tackling the current tensions and their economic consequences, officials and analysts said.