Nov 15, 2018

Americans applying for asylum in Canada jumped 600% in 2017

Asylum-seekers waiting to cross the U.S.-Canada border. Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images

The number of U.S. citizens who applied for asylum in Canada last year was six times the number that applied in 2016, CNN reports.

By the numbers: 2,550 Americans sought refuge in Canada in 2017, compared to just 395 in 2016. And the trend is continuing: As of the end of August, 1,215 U.S. citizens had applied for asylum in Canada this year. The Canadian Press reports that the figure includes people who were born in the U.S., but whose parents are citizens of other countries.

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U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Protests continued across the country for the sixth day in a row on Sunday, as demonstrators called for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd, EMT Breonna Taylor, jogger Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black Americans who have suffered at the hands of racism and police brutality.

What's happening: Protestors in D.C. broke one police barricade outside the White House on Sunday evening after reportedly demonstrating for several hours. The atmosphere was still largely peaceful as of 6pm ET.

Trump privately scolded, warned by allies

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Over the past couple of days, numerous advisers both inside and outside the White House have urged the president to tone down his violent rhetoric, which many worry could escalate racial tensions and hurt him politically.

Behind the scenes: The biggest source of internal concern was Trump's escalatory tweet, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Some advisers said it could damage him severely with independent voters and suburban women.

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U.S. sends Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine and 1,000 ventilators

President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

The White House announced on Sunday that the U.S. has sent 2 million doses of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to Brazil, and that 1,000 ventilators will soon be delivered as well as the South American country becomes the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: The situation in Brazil, which has reported over 498,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 28,000 deaths, is threatening to spiral out of control as far-right President Jair Bolsonaro faces mounting criticism for downplaying the severity of the virus.