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N.R.A., Manafort, Syria: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

N.R.A., Manafort, Syria: Your Thursday Evening Briefing


The charges do not involve Mr. Trump, but the case paints an unflattering portrait of the man who ran his campaign.

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3. Donald Trump Jr. has spent the week in India, pitching new luxury high-rises that bear his family’s name.

Controversy over the trip’s potential to blur the lines between commerce and government grew after reports that Mr. Trump plans to give a speech in New Delhi on Friday, at an event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also speak.

The topic? “Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: The New Era of Cooperation.”

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4. He’s not the only Trump child traveling this week.

When Kim Jong-un’s sister attended the Winter Olympics two weeks ago, the South Korean news media called her “North Korea’s Ivanka.”

Now, they’re about to get the real one. Ms. Trump will attend the closing ceremony at the Games on Sunday, and the U.S. is batting back rumors of another attempt at a meeting with North Korea.

Leading North Korea’s high-level delegation to the closing ceremony is a former spymaster, Kim Yong-chol.

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5. The White House has decided that it needs no new legal authority from Congress to indefinitely keep American military forces in Syria and Iraq.

Officials say that the continued potential threat from the Islamic State provided a legal rationale to keep troops deployed.

It’s been a brutal week in Syria, where the government is carrying out an aerial assault on a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, above. We collected footage that shows the despair of civilians trying to survive in basements.

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6. “All I know is that I don’t want people dying in front of my door.”

We set out in the snow with a pizza chef in the French Alps who rescues migrants trying to hike through the mountains.

Many of them have never even seen snow before, and they underestimate the toll the cold can take. But the work is risky: Helping anybody enter or travel in France without valid paperwork is technically illegal.

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7. Russian meddling in the Academy Awards sounds like a bad joke, but there are suspicious social media campaigns against two documentaries that the Kremlin is not fond of.

One is “Last Men in Aleppo,” by Feras Fayyad, above, who spent nearly two years with the Syrian volunteer emergency medical workers known as the White Helmets. Russian media reports accuse him of making propaganda on behalf of both the West and Al Qaeda.

The other is “Icarus,” about Russia’s doping program for athletes, by Bryan Fogel. The main subject of the film is Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Russia’s antidoping lab, who is in hiding in the U.S.

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8. We got exclusive audio of “Monster,” a new song from Disney’s stage adaptation of “Frozen.” Hear it for yourself, as sung by Caissie Levy, above, the actress playing Elsa on Broadway.

It was written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the couple who wrote the ubiquitous power ballad “Let It Go.” We talked to them about the new song.

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9. A cultural note as the Olympic Games near their end:

“Arirang,” a centuries-old Korean folk song, is often heard at the Games — and has served as a stand-in national anthem as North and South Korea build ties. Above, Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin skating for South Korea.

Here’s the full medal count and the remaining schedule. Our preview of the coming women’s figure skating competition is here, and our full coverage of the Games is here. The Paralympics begin March 9.

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10. Finally, when David Chang tells you to go eat something, you listen.

Our reporter at the Olympics got tips on the local cuisine from Mr. Chang, the famed Korean-American chef. (“Go eat the snow crab!” he said.) Above, freshly killed raw octopus.

It was easy to get a table — most visitors are staying inside the Olympic bubble, and queuing up outside McDonald’s. That allowed our reporter to embark on his “food marathon” at his own pace. He chose a quick one.

“Eating here this month has been like binge-watching IMAX movies I’d only seen on airplanes,” he reported.

Have a great night.

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