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French President Emmanuel Macron at a field hospital in eastern France. Photo: Mathieu Cugnot/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday he's gotten the agreement of President Trump and the leaders of two other United Nations Security Council permanent members to back a UN call for a global ceasefire so the world can overcome the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It would be a rare sign of global unity in the current climate, after Trump announced he's halting U.S. funding to UN subsidiary the World Health Organization for 60 to 90 days over its "very China-centric" handing of the pandemic — prompting criticism from UN chief António Guterres.

  • Macron told Radio France Internationale that China's President Xi Jinping had also agreed to back the ceasefire call, along with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
  • "I think President Putin will certainly agree too," Macron said, adding he would speak to him in the "next few hours." "[Once] he does, we’ll be able to hold this videoconference and relay this call in a solemn, forceful and efficient way."

Driving the news: Guterres called for a global ceasefire on March 23, saying health systems had collapsed in war-ravaged countries, with the few health professionals remaining targeted and leaving those displaced "doubly vulnerable."

What they're saying: A White House readout of Trump's call with Macron on Tuesday stated that they "discussed efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and reopen world economies." "The two leaders also discussed the upcoming teleconference with G7 Leaders, as well as critical regional and bilateral issues," it added.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from the White House.

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The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.

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A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.

DHS to increase deportation flights to Haiti from Del Rio

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The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday announced plans to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti out of the small Texas border town Del Rio, starting as soon as Sunday.

Why it matters: Reports have emerged of more than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, crowded in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.