Quartz Daily Brief—Americas edition—Putin’s provocation, Saudi Arabia’s warning, Hong Kong protests, partisan groceries


What to watch for today

Putin picks at the wound. The Russian president called for talks on “statehood” for the eastern part of Ukraine, and said Kyiv should negotiate with pro-Russian rebels. Talks are scheduled today in Minsk between Russian, Ukrainian and separatist leaders, including the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said an “immediate ceasefire” is the priority.

Small islands, unite! The third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States begins in Apia, Samoa. Some 41 island nations will discuss sustainable development.

Brazilian economic data arrives.  Brazilian reports on its trade performance, days after confirming the country is in recession.

Britain acts on homegrown jihadists. The UK is planning to announce measures to block British citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq from returning home, though they could keep their passports. More than 500 British fighters are estimated to be involved. One…

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