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Members of the United Nations Security Council voting on a ceasefire in Syria in February. Photo: Don Emmert / AFP / Getty Images

The United Kingdom's delegation to the United Nations said that the U.N. Security Council is expected to meet on Monday amid calls for a prompt meeting over this weekend's alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government. The U.K. was joined by the United States, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Peru, and the Ivory Coast in calling for the emergency meeting.

The backdrop: There has been growing international outcry regarding Saturday's deadly attack in the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus. It prompted President Trump on Sunday to level his most direct criticism yet at Russian President Vladimir Putin for aiding President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Russia is a veto-wielding member of the Security Council, and it has pushed back against reports of the attack, calling it a "spread of bogus stories."

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Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities tied to Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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