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Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Chad is off the list of countries under an indefinite travel ban, the White House announced on Tuesday. Libya is being monitored for possible removal as well.

What they're saying: President Trump said Chad has "made additional efforts to cooperate with the United States to help it satisfy" baseline security criteria. He writes that Chad "was receptive to this engagement," and is "terminating the entry restrictions and limitations previously placed on the nationals of Chad," going into effect this Friday.

What happened: Per the proclamation, Chad enhanced "travel document security for its nationals," "improved handling of lost and stolen passports," and is sharing information about terrorists with the U.S. "in a manner that that makes that information available to our screening and vetting programs."

  • As for Libya: Trump writes that Libya is "taking initial steps" to meet the U.S. criteria, and has been presented with a list on improvements to make.

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China's Xi Jinping congratulates Biden on election win

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Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to President-elect Biden on Wednesday to congratulate him on his election victory, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

Why it matters: China's foreign ministry offered Biden a belated, and tentative, congratulations on Nov. 13, but Xi had not personally acknowledged Biden's win. The leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Russia are among the very few leaders still declining to congratulate Biden.

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College basketball is back

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A new season of college basketball begins Wednesday, and the goal is clear: March Madness must be played.

Why it matters: On March 12, 2020, the lights went out on college basketball, depriving teams like Baylor (who won our tournament simulation), Dayton, San Diego State and Florida State of perhaps their best chance to win a national championship.

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Scoop: Israeli military prepares for possibility Trump will strike Iran

Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a cabinet meeting. Photo: Abir Sultan/POOL/AFP via Getty

The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: The Israeli government instructed the IDF to undertake the preparations not because of any intelligence or assessment that Trump will order such a strike, but because senior Israeli officials anticipate “a very sensitive period” ahead of Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

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