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Photos from Trump's Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov surfaced online from the Kremlin — not from American press, because the meeting was closed.

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Why it matters: Americans are learning about what Trump is doing with Russia from Russia, not from the White House. This strengthens the criticism that the Trump admin lacks transparency, especially when he hasn't held a press conference on James Comey, who was in the middle of investigating Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.

Update: The White House issued a readout on the meeting Wednesday afternoon, noting Trump and Lavrov discussed Syria, Ukraine, the Middle East, and building a "better relationship" between the U.S. and Russia.

Another surprise: Trump also met with Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, but this meeting wasn't announced beforehand. When American media was finally allowed in the Oval Office, they were greeted by Trump accompanied by Henry Kissinger, not Lavrov nor Kislyak.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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Myanmar's military regime on Saturday fired the country's ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, a day after he gave a pro-democracy speech asking UN member nations to publicly condemn the Feb. 1 coup, The New York Times reports.

The latest: Kyaw Moe Tun told Reuters later on Saturday, "I decided to fight back as long as I can."

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