Nov 13, 2018

3. Melania Trump issues unprecedented call for removal of national security aide

Melania Trump. Photo: Dai Kurokawa/AFP via Getty Images

First lady Melania Trump has called for the removal of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel saying she "no longer deserves the honor" of holding her position, according to a statement from spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham obtained by CNN's Kate Bennett Tuesday.

The details: Ricardel reportedly feuded with the first lady and her staff over seating arrangements on the plan for Trump's recent trip to Africa, per CNN. Ricardel has held the position for seven months and allegedly had run-ins with other high ranking officials including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

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The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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