Weekly News Roundup

July 13, 2018

FRIDAY JULY 13

US President Donald Trump says a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if the country goes ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in a damaging intervention set to further criticism of her plans.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, published on Friday morning, Mr Trump said Ms May’s plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the EU to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.

The publication came after Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in England, hours after meeting Ms May at a lavish dinner to mark his first visit to Britain as US president, amid multiple protests across the country.

Ms May made a direct pitch for a trade deal with Washington, praising the friendship between the two allies, glossing over Mr Trump’s previous remarks that Britain was a “hot spot” in turmoil over Brexit.

“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” Mr Trump told the Sun, referring to Ms May’s Brexit proposals.

“If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will probably not be made.”

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Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale have dominated this year’s Emmy nominations, while celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has also been posthumously recognised.

Games of Thrones, the hugely popular HBO fantasy series, picked up 22 nods for its seventh season, including for best drama series.

It is now the most-nominated series of all time, having earned a total of 129 nods since 2011. The hospital drama ER earned 124.

Westworld followed close behind with 21 nominations, and will battle Game of Thrones for best drama, as well as in the best supporting actor and actress categories.

The Handmaid’s Tale received 20 nominations in a year that appeared to celebrate female-led stories, diversity and new talent.

A total of 36 performers picked up their first-ever Emmy nomination. One of them was Killing Eve and former Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh, who is now the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for lead acting honours in a drama series.

“I think my mother at this moment may actually be satisfied,” she joked.

Bourdain, who took his own life last month, was posthumously recognised for his Parts Unknown series.

The show got six nods, including two personally for Bourdain as executive producer, host and writer.

The short-lived revival of Roseanne, which was cancelled after star actress Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist comment about a former Obama administration official, drew only one major nomination, a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf.

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Yes, this will be Serena Williams’s 10th Wimbledon final. Yes, it’s her 30th title match at any major. And, well, sure, she’s widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era, reports the ABC.

Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies.

Williams is not shy about saying she, for one, is impressed by this. Rightly so. For it was only about 10 months ago she was having a baby and then dealing with a serious health scare that followed.

Even after all of that, even after more than a year away from the game, even in only the fourth tournament of her comeback, Williams showed she’s still capable of dominance.

Especially at the All England Club, where a relatively routine 6-2, 6-4 victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany on Thursday put Williams one win away from an eighth championship.

She’s also closing in on her 24th grand slam title, which would equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.

“A lot of people were saying, ‘Oh, she should be in the final,'” the 36-year-old Williams said.

“For me it’s such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff.”

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 191 kmh, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

“Whatever happens, honestly,” Williams said, “it’s an incredible effort from me.”

The left-handed Kerber, a former world number one and two-time major champion, beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 earlier.

“Seeing her back, it’s great,” said Kerber, who has lost six of eight previous matches against Williams.

This news roundup is curated with stories from ABC News.

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