Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. Photo: Patrick Doyle/AFP/Getty Images

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Saturday that the detention of two Canadian citizens in China is "worrying not only for Canada but for the world," the New York Times reports.

The big picture: U.S. experts view the arrests of writer Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig as "direct retaliation" by China for Canada's detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who stands accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. Canada maintains that Meng was given "absolute access to due process" and will be able to appeal an extradition request from the U.S. The Times reports that Kovrig, meanwhile, has been subjected to hours of interrogation and possible mistreatment by Chinese authorities.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Monday she does not have confidence in White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx because "she has enabled" President Trump to spread coronavirus misinformation.

What she's saying: "I don't have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says, 'Swallow Lysol and it's going to cure your virus,'" Pelosi told host Jim Scuitto.

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Google on Monday launched its long-expected Pixel 4a, a $349 device that brings key features of the company's flagship smartphone to a more affordable price point.

Why it matters: Google saw surprisingly strong demand for last year's "a" model and having a broader range of products allows the company to reach more parts of the market.

A wild weekend for Microsoft's play for TikTok

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While its Big Tech rivals were testifying in front of a congressional antitrust committee last week, Microsoft was negotiating what could be the largest — and most politically perilous — tech acquisition of 2020.

The state of play: The hullabaloo surrounding Microsoft picking up TikTok has undergone a flurry of twists and turns over the weekend, as both the White House and the tech giant reacted in real time.