North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan in 2011. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan responded to President Trump's cancellation of the U.S.-North Korea summit on Thursday, saying the regime is ready to meet "at any time," the Washington Post reports. He said the summit is essential to dealing with "grave hostilities" between the two countries.

“Leader Kim Jong Un had focused every effort on his meeting with President Trump."

Gwan also said, per the New York Times: "The unilateral cancellation of the summit was unexpected and very regrettable. But we remain unchanged in our willingness to do everything we can for the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and of the humanity, so with a broad and open mind, we are willing to give the United States time and opportunity.”

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Friday evening that if "people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it."

Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks at a "Get Out The Vote" rally at Morehouse College. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

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Why it matters: The U.S. saw a significant decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Higher turnout among Black Americans this year could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in key battleground states, including Georgia.

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