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Trump administration proposes more hurdles for asylum-seekers; Amazon halts police use of facial recognition technology

The Trump administration is proposing an overhaul of the asylum system that would make it much harder for applicants to win protection in the US. And, Amazon said Wednesday it plans to halt sales of its facial recognition software to police for a year. Also, on Wednesday, Brazil's most populous state, São Paulo, reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths for the second day running.

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Mattis, Obama speak out; The anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown; Arctic oil spill

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broke his silence Wednesday, denouncing President Donald Trump’s call for a military response to the civil unrest. And, Thursday marks the 31st anniversary of China's bloody Tiananmen Square democracy crackdown. Also, in another echo of 1989, a huge fuel leak into a river within the Arctic Circle has lead Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for a state of emergency.

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Trump suggests inviting Russia to the G-7; A global spotlight on US amid ongoing protests

US President Donald Trump held a phone call with President Vladimir Putin Monday and discussed his idea that Russia should be invited to attend the next G-7 summit. And, Trump is expected to visit the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. The plans mark the second religion-theme appearance for Trump as the world watches protests across the US over the death of George Floyd. Also, the US and Saudi Arabia are holding a virtual pledging conference to raise money for aid operations in war-torn Yemen, which risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus.

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