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Vice President Mike Pence will lead a delegation to Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday to discuss an "immediate cease-fire and the conditions for a negotiated settlement" in northern Syria, where Turkey is engaged in a military assault on Kurdish forces who allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS, the White House announced.

Details: The delegation will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and special envoy James Jeffrey. Pence will attend a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday, where the White House says he will reiterate Trump's "commitment to maintain punishing economic sanctions on Turkey until a resolution is reached."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5:30 p.m. ET: 18,160,139 — Total deaths: 690,724 — Total recoveries — 10,755,137Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5:30 p.m. ET: 4,698,244 — Total deaths: 155,191 — Total recoveries: 1,468,689 — Total tests: 56,812,162Map.
  3. Politics: White House will require staff to undergo randomized coronavirus testing — Pelosi says Birx "enabled" Trump on misinformation.
  4. Business: Virtual school is another setback for retail — The pandemic hasn't hampered health care.
  5. Sports: 13 members of St. Louis Cardinals test positive, prompting MLB to cancel Tigers series — Former FDA chief says MLB outbreaks should be warning sign for schools.
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13 members of St. Louis Cardinals test positive for coronavirus

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Seven players and six staff members from the St. Louis Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, prompting the MLB to postpone the team's upcoming four-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

Why it matters: Seven consecutive Cardinals games have now been canceled after St. Louis became the second team to report a significant coronavirus outbreak, just two weeks into the season.

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White House adviser Peter Navarro talks TikTok

President Trump has relaxed his threat to immediately ban the popular social media app TikTok, giving Microsoft room to negotiate an acquisition from Chinese tech giant ByteDance.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the situation with Peter Navarro, the White House's top trade adviser and a noted China hawk, who suggests Microsoft should be forced to make unrelated concessions related to its China operations.