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The U.S. accused Syria Monday of killing thousands of prisoners and then burning their bodies in a crematorium outside of the capital, according to the AP. The top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, Stu Jones, says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "has sunk to a new level of depravity" with support from Russia and Iran.

Why it's happening: According to the State Department, about 50 detainees are hanged each day at Saydnaya military prison, and their bodies are transported to the crematorium. The department provided photographic evidence to back its claims and alleges the cremation process is being used to cover up the executions.

The Syrian government is likely responsible: 13,000 people have been detained in the prison since Syria's civil war broke out 6 years ago, per an Amnesty International report. The report notes "It is inconceivable that these large-scale and systematic practices have not been authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government."

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Robert Mueller speaks out on Roger Stone commutation

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

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President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.

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