Updated Jul 2, 2019

Trump says he'd leave a "strong" intelligence presence in Afghanistan

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President Trump said he would leave a "very strong" intelligence presence in Afghanistan, in an interview broadcast on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Monday.

Details: In a wide ranging interview, Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. "I would like to just get out," he said. "The problem is, it just seems to be a lab for terrorists. ... I call it the Harvard of terrorists."

I've wanted to pull them out.  And you know, I have pulled a lot out. We were at 16,000.  We're down to about 9,000, which a lot of people don't know. "
— Trump on withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan

The big picture: Peace talks with the Taliban resumed in Qatar on Monday. The Taliban wants foreign forces to leave Afghanistan, while the U.S. wants a guarantee that the country won't be used as a base for attacks elsewhere, per Reuters.

  • Trump revealed his intention to keep intelligence service personnel in Afghanistan in response to a question from Carlson about how long he planned to keep troops in the country, noting 2 American servicemen were killed there last week.

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This article has been updated with more context and comments from Trump.

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JPMorgan Chase to pull support for some fossil fuels

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JPMorgan Chase said Monday that it won’t directly finance new oil and gas development in the Arctic and will significantly curtail its financing of the extraction and burning of coal.

Why it matters: JPMorgan is the world’s largest funder of fossil-fuel companies, according to a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The announcement follows similar moves by other big banks and investment firms, including Goldman Sachs and BlackRock.

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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