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South Korea, John Brennan, Genoa: Your Thursday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Milestones in U.S. politics, outrage over an Australian senator’s remark and increasing violence in Afghanistan. Here’s what you need to know: • A “shocking insult.” Australian leaders across the political spectrum condemned Senator Fraser Anning, who invoked a …

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Sacks of Mail Reach the West Bank, 8 Years Late

Ten tons of letters and packages, which Israel had long prevented from reaching Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, have finally been delivered. Some of the pieces are eight years old. The mail, held in Jordan, began being released to the Palestinian Authority on Monday, according to a statement from …

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Trump Administration Sanctions Companies Helping North Korea

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new sanctions on Wednesday against three organizations and an individual accused of facilitating illicit shipments to North Korea, keeping pressure on the regime of Kim Jong-un amid ongoing negotiations over the dismantling of his nuclear program. The companies targeted by the Treasury Department are …

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