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Europe briefing: 5 things to know about today

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Live: Space X's first passenger, China tariffs and the 70th Emmy awards
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Russian plane shot down, 15 dead: Russia on Tuesday accused Israel of indirectly causing a Russian military plane to be shot down by a Syrian missile near the country's Mediterranean coast, and threatened to retaliate against Israel for what it described as a hostile act. Russia’s defense ministry said the Israelis gave them one-minute to respond to the operation which was not enough time to get their plane to safety. As a result, 15 Russian military service people died on board.

US imposes another round of tariffs on China: President Donald Trump escalated his trade war with Beijing, imposing 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of imports.

Korean leaders meet: North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in begin a three-day summit to discuss denuclearization and a goal to rebuild peace. The Korean leaders greeted each other with hugs and handshakes and hopes the summit, their third, would revive momentum in faltering talks between Washington and Pyongyang over denuclearisation and advance the prospect of formally ending the Korean War.

Merkel to decide the fate of intelligence chief: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will decide on Tuesday if she will fire her intelligence chief, Hans-George Maassen, after he came under fire for casting doubt on the authenticity of video footage showing far-right protesters chasing migrants after the fatal stabbing of a German man.

Space X’s 1st passenger: SpaceX named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. A former drummer in a punk band, Maezawa is tentatively planning to make his moon flight in 2023 aboard SpaceX’s forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket spaceship, taking the race to commercialize space travel to new heights. It’s unknown how much he paid for the trip.