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Parts of Asia that seemed to have COVID-19 under control have witnessed fresh outbreaks. China, Japan and Vietnam, which had few or no cases in the past month or so, are seeing a resurgence.

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Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador meets President Trump at the White House on Wednesday. It's a visit that gives each leader the chance to change the topic from the coronavirus.
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