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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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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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Taliban Attack a Second Afghan Army Base in 3 Days, Killing Dozens

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents overran an Afghan Army base and a police checkpoint in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 39 soldiers and police officers, officials said. Hundreds of Taliban fighters carried out the predawn attacks on two units of Afghan forces in the Baghlan-e-Markazi District of Baghlan …

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The Afghan Army’s Last Stand at Chinese Camp

The whole camp was covered in blood,” said First Lt. Shah Fahim, another platoon leader. On Sunday night, speaking by phone, he wept and worried he would be killed in the night. On top of that, the family of the dead company commander, Capt. Sayid Azam, kept calling him, asking …

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Trump’s Trade War Is Rattling China’s Leaders

“They were wrong, and they are smarting over that, trying to find north and recalibrate,” he said. Tensions inside the government flared into the open last month when Xu Zhong, the research director of China’s central bank, published an essay rebuffing calls to bolster the economy by issuing more money. …

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