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- A senior U.S. Defense Department official says the United States will reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to about 2,500 each by mid-January. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said on Tuesday that the move will implement President Donald Trump’s orders to reposition U.S. forces in the two countries.
- Record numbers of patients are entering U.S. hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus. Intensive care units are approaching or over capacity. Healthcare professionals are overwhelmed.
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to raise its coronavirus alert level to the highest of four levels on Thursday. The COVID-19 outbreak is flaring up in the Japanese capital.