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Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a grim press conference following a 2 hour meeting between Tillerson and Vladimir Putin, with the U.S. Secretary of State conceding that U.S./Russia relations had reached "a low point."

Tillerson

  • "The world's two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship."
  • Tillerson accused Assad of using chlorine bombs and other chemical weapons on more than 50 occasions.
  • He said: "Clearly our view is that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end," and that Russia is best placed to convince Assad that's the case.
  • Russian interference in elections "is fairly well established" and might merit more sanctions, but was only "briefly" mentioned in the meeting with Putin (Lavrov said the U.S. had no evidence it took place and had made no sanctions threats).

Lavrov

  • Called for an "unbiased" and "frank" investigation into the chemical weapons attack in Syria, just a day after U.S. officials accused Russia of attempting to "cover up" the Syrian regime's culpability.
  • Putin "reaffirmed" his agreement to keeping channels of communication between the U.S. and Russian militaries open. Added that Putin is open to cooperating in Syria if the focus is fighting ISIS
  • Lavrov issued a roundabout warning over potential U.S. efforts to remove Assad, saying he hopes Iraq and Libya serve as examples. Called for "common sense," claiming that if Assad is ousted, ISIS may fill the void.
  • Said they discussed the crisis in Ukraine and agreed that the Minsk peace accords are the only way forward, and spoke about North Korea.

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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Tuesday voted 13-10 to endorse an antiviral pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to treat adults at high risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19, despite concerns over its effectiveness and safety.

Why it matters: Oral antiviral drugs designed to prevent or treat COVID-19 could be key pandemic-fighting tools, if proven effective, especially as new variants emerge. If authorized, the Merck drug, known as molnupiravir, would be the first treatment of its kind to be made available in the United States.

Shooting at Michigan high school leaves 3 dead, 6 wounded

Screengrab: CBSN

Three people dead and six others are wounded after a shooting at a high school in Michigan according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Driving the news: The alleged shooter was a 15-year-old sophomore at Oxford High School and has been arrested, per police.

Fed signals it could yank economic support quicker as inflation sticks around

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve will consider pulling back economic support sooner "as the threat of persistently high inflation has grown," chair Jerome Powell said during a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: This is the biggest signal yet the Fed is backing away from its stance that soaring prices would be fleeting — a change that could shift its policies that underpin the economy.