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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump admits he discussed Biden during call with Ukrainian president

  • Trump heads to U.N. with multiple crises roiling

  • 2019 Emmys: Fleabag, Game of Thrones win big

  • World's oldest travel firm closes, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded

  • Downton Abbey wins weekend box office with $31 million debut

President Trump on Sunday acknowledged that he talked about former Vice President Joe Biden's son during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, but defended the conversation, saying he was talking about "all of the corruption taking place." Trump told reporters he congratulated Zelensky on his election, and told him "we don't want our people like the vice president and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine." Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been accusing Biden's son, Hunter, of corruption linked to his business in Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal reported that over the course of the call, Trump encouraged Zelensky eight times to work with Giuliani on an investigation into the Bidens.

Source: The New York Times

President Trump on Monday starts a three-day trip to join world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly. The trip comes as tensions swirl around Trump's relationship with Ukraine, a showdown with Iran following strikes against Saudi oil facilities, Trump's trade war with China, and frozen nuclear talks with North Korea. Trump said "nothing is ever off the table completely," but that he had no plans to meet on the sidelines with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani as the U.S. pushes to build a coalition to confront Tehran over the attack in Saudi Arabia, which rattled the world oil market. Trump meets Wednesday with the president of Ukraine as Democrats press the Trump administration to release a whistleblower's complaint about a phone call Trump had with a foreign leader believed to involve Ukraine.

Source: ABC News

The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards belonged to Fleabag. Show creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge won awards for best writing in a comedy series and best lead actress in a comedy, a surprise upset over Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Fleabag also won the award for best comedy series. Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage took home the best supporting actor in a drama award, and has now won the category four times, setting a record. The HBO show, which ended its run this spring, also won for best drama series. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Tony Shalhoub won for best supporting actor in a comedy and his co-star, Alex Borstein, won for best supporting actress in a comedy, previously winning the same honor in 2018. Barry's Bill Hader also won his second consecutive best lead actor in a comedy award, while Pose's Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win the lead actor in a drama Emmy.

Source: Deadline

The oldest travel company in the world, Thomas Cook, went out of business on Monday, leaving 600,000 customers stranded abroad. The British company was founded in 1841, planning trips by rail, and until Monday it ran hotels, resorts, and airlines in 16 countries. Thomas Cook collapsed after it was unable to strike a rescue deal with lenders, and in a statement, its CEO Peter Fankhauser apologized, saying he had "profound regret" over the outcome. All of Thomas Cook's flights have been canceled, and the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority said it will work with the government to fly 150,000 British customers now overseas back home within two weeks. This is the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history, Reuters reports.

Source: Reuters

Downton Abbey had a strong opening weekend, pulling in $31 million during its domestic debut weekend. This was the biggest opening ever for its distributor, Focus Features. The film, a continuation of the beloved PBS/ITV series that ended in 2016, brought together much of the original cast, including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech, Hugh Bonneville, and Laura Carmichael. In this iteration, the King and Queen come to Downton Abbey, and the upstairs and downstairs have very different ways of dealing with the visit. Coming in second place was Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, which brought in $19.2 million, with Sylvester Stallone's Rambo: Last Blood a close third with $19 million.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
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