Cold War Retaliation; Pound’s Plunge Costs Serena: Saturday Wrap

  • Aetna discussing asset sales to help salvage Humana deal
  • U.K. candidate Leadsom called invisible by foreign secretary

Here are highlights of Saturday’s top breaking stories from around the world:

Russia expelled two U.S. diplomats it claims were CIA agents working under diplomatic cover, the latest Cold War-esque tit-for-tat to follow a confrontation several weeks ago between a U.S. Embassy employee and a Russian policeman.

Vladimir Putin’s shadow hung over just about all the discussions at the wrap-up of a NATO summit in Warsaw, as French President Francois Hollande weighed in on the U.S. election and U.S. President Barack Obama gave his thoughts on the U.K. vote to leave the European Union.

The pound’s plunge after the Brexit vote cost tennis superstar Serena Williams $380,000. And that was just from what she otherwise would have banked from her Wimbledon singles win, before she also won the ladies’ doubles with sister Venus.

While Andrea Leadsom didn’t exactly help her campaign for U.K. prime minister by implying that motherhood made her more qualified than the childless Theresa May -- a claim Leadsom says the Times of London all but fabricated -- the real issue is that Tory party members don’t know her, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Health insurance giant Aetna is talking with WellCare and Centene about asset sales, as part of an effort to satisfy U.S. antitrust concerns about its proposed merger with Humana.

Telefonica, struggling to sell assets and preserve its credit rating following the Brexit vote, turned to a rare weekend stock sale, offering much of its stake in China Unicom of Hong Kong to raise as much as $367 million.

Obama brought gun control into the discussion of the Dallas police-officer shootings and deaths of black men at the hands of police that preceded them. “If you care about the safety of our police officers, then you can’t set aside the gun issue and pretend that’s irrelevant,” Obama said at a closing NATO press conference.

Vanquished U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders lost his effort to get the official Democratic platform, which already includes many of his anti-Wall Street positions, to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. His surrogates did get a $15 an hour minimum wage written into the document.

Japan’s upper house election is under way, with Prime Minister Abe seeking sufficient support to back his economic policies and possibly amend pacifist language in the constitution.

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