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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy photo via AP

After the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore early Monday, leaving 10 sailors missing, the chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, ordered an "operational pause" across the entire Navy, per NBC News.

What it looks like: A one-day safety stand-down for each fleet, which would be staggered over a couple of weeks, a source told CNN.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also confirmed the Navy will be investigating the recent naval accidents in Asian waters, per the AP. This year alone there's been four such accidents involving U.S. warships, per CNN.

The backdrop: About a dozen sailors are facing punishment for the June collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a freighter off the coast of Japan, and some will be relieved from duty, per USAToday.

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Mexican President López Obrador tests positive for coronavirus

Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a press conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on Wednesday. Photo: Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor of Arkansas

Sarah Huckabee Sanders at FOX News' studios in New York City in 2019. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.

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