May 31, 2019

U.S. and Mexico plan meeting to defuse trade dispute

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The Mexican government plans to travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for an impromptu summit with the U.S. following President Trump's threat of aggressive, incremental tariffs on goods imported from Mexico, the Washington Post reports.

Details: On Friday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced on Twitter that he would lead his country's delegation, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to represent the U.S. Trump will not be present for the meeting, with travel to Europe previously scheduled.

Why it matters: Stemming the surge of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has remained a consistent theme throughout Trump's political career, per the Post, and he has returned to the issue numerous times in an attempt to fire up his base. Whether the White House believes a fix can be found at next week's face-to-face remains to be seen.

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O'Brien rejects intelligence report of Russia effort to re-elect Trump

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected on ABC's "This Week" an assessment from a congressional briefing led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help President Trump get re-elected.

Why it matters: The report put the Trump administration under fresh scrutiny in regard to steps it has been taking to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. encountered in 2016.

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Italy becomes site of largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia

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 novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures as it confirmed a spike from three to 132 cases in matter of days, making it the largest outbreak outside of Asia.

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Iranian state TV: Hardliners win landslide victory in low-turnout election

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Iranian state TV announced Sunday that hardliners won a landslide victory in the country's parliamentary elections two days ago, including all 30 seats in Tehran, AP reports.

Why it matters: Voter turnout in the election only reached 42.57%, according to Iran's interior ministry, the first time turnout dipped below 50% since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The low turnout may signal dissatisfaction with the Iranian government and the election system.

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