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Trump recalls troops from the southern border — after reports emerged that they were extremely bored

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Troops sent to the U.S.-Mexico border after Donald Trump warned about the dangers of the Latin American “migrant caravan” are being recalled less than a week after reports emerged that they were incredibly bored while waiting for the caravan to arrive.

Politico reported that Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the general overseeing the deployment, confirmed in an interview that troops sent for engineering and logistics will begin coming home.

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In interviews with the New York Times, troops deployed to the border described days of building barbed-wire fences and trying to scrounge together amenities to make their makeshift bases more livable.

“When you send a soldier on a dubious mission, with no military value, over Thanksgiving, it doesn’t help morale at all,” Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), an Iraq War veteran, told the Times.

Buchanan said all the troops should be home by Christmas, and that the military’s current “end date” for the mission is December 15.

“Now that things are set down here, we don’t need as many troops to actually build a base camp and things like that, because the base camps are built,” the lieutenant general told Politico.


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World virus cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

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The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped six million Sunday, with Brazil registering another record surge in daily infections as divisions deepened on how to deal with the pandemic.

Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region, even as much of the world exits lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs.

In Brazil -- the epicenter of South America's outbreak with nearly 500,000 confirmed cases, lagging only behind the United States -- disagreement among leaders over lockdown measures has hampered efforts to slow the virus as the number of fatalities in the country nears 30,000.

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Curfews and clashes as police brutality protests escalate

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Curfews were imposed on major US cities as clashes over police brutality erupted across America with demonstrators ignoring warnings from President Donald Trump that his government would stop the violent protests "cold."

Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, was gripped by a fifth consecutive night of violence on Saturday with police in riot gear firing tear gas and stun grenades at protesters venting fury at the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an arrest in the city on Monday.

Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta were among two dozen cities ordering people to stay indoors overnight as more states called in National Guard soldiers to help control the civil unrest not seen in the United States for years.

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‘Insanity outside the White House’: After Trump stokes tensions, fresh clashes between police and protesters

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As protests against police violence and the killing of George Floyd continued in cities across the U.S. on Saturday, a massive crowd gathered outside President Donald Trump's White House as demonstrators again turned their ire and demands for justice and healing towards the nation's most powerful elected official. After tensions built, clashes erupted between law enforcement and demonstrators.

Tensions flared near the White House. Not sure what triggered it, all I saw was a blast of pepper spray and a sudden sprint backward. There’s a lot more pressure on the police cordon and they’re pulling out gas masks. pic.twitter.com/X4uCQRzPkw

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