European leaders have resisted calls to start reimposing sanctions on Iran after the country said it had for the first time broken the terms of the nuclear deal it signed with foreign powers in 2015. The move is a carefully calibrated and reversible step intended to put pressure on Europe to do more to help mitigate the effect of crippling US sanctions.
The United States has escalated a threatened trade fight with the EU over aircraft subsidies, by extending the list of products it could impose tariffs on. The US Trade Representative’s (USTR) office said Scotch whiskey, olives, Italian cheese and a variety of metals were being added – meaning a total of $25bn (£19.8bn) worth of EU goods were now at risk of being targeted in the dispute.
China has accused protesters who vandalized Hong Kong’s parliament on Monday of “serious illegal actions” that “trample on the rule of law”. A group of activists occupied the Legislative Council (LegCo) building for several hours after breaking away from a peaceful protest. Hong Kong, a former British colony, is part of China but run under a “one country, two systems” arrangement that guarantees it a level of autonomy.
A suspected Russian-made missile has exploded over northern Cyprus, in an incident which officials believe is linked to military operations in Syria. Syrian air defenses intercepted “hostile missiles” launched by Israeli warplanes targeting military positions in Homs and the Damascus outskirts, the Syrian Defense Ministry said on Twitter on Monday. Russia continues to support the Syrian government in its ongoing conflict against rebel groups.
Kim Kardashian West announced Monday that she would launch her shapewear line, originally named Kimono Solutionwear, under a new name after facing backlash. Her about-face comes days after the mayor of Kyoto, Japan, asked Kardashian West in an open letter to reconsider using the name Kimono. Last week, Kardashian West revealed her latest venture, a collection of skin tone-colored shapewear. The name Kimono inspired the hashtag #KimOhNo.