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South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

South African President Jacob Zuma is facing mounting pressure to step down over corruption charges, and his scheduled "state of the nation" address has been postponed as the African National Congress party weighs his future.

The latest: Zuma has repeatedly resisted calls to resign, but South Africa’s online news service Times Live, cited unnamed sources, reports that Zuma will step aside soon under certain conditions. The report said a deal was struck late Tuesday local time with party leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

What’s happening:

  • The ANC, which has governed South Africa since the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994, would likely replace Zuma with Ramaphosa, his deputy, who was elected party leader last December.
  • Parliament said in a statement that the state of the nation address was being postponed “in order to create room for establishing a much more conducive political atmosphere in Parliament.” The opposition had threatened to disrupt the speech, the BBC reports.
  • An emergency meeting to determine Zuma's future had been scheduled for Wednesday but has been pushed back, per Reuters.
  • The Nelson Mandela Foundation, run by close colleagues of the country’s first black president, on Tuesday urged the embattled President to step down, according to local media reports. The foundation said Zuma had “betrayed the country" according to News24, a local station. An early exit would allow the ruling political party to "shore up" its prospects for next year’s election, the group said.
  • Zuma will face yet another no-confidence motion scheduled for Feb. 22, per The Associated Press. He narrowly survived a a no-confidence vote last August.

Go Deeper: The New York Times on how a British P.R. firm was disgraced by its activities in South Africa.

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U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department

John Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, during a briefing in Moscow in 2015. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

The State Department said Monday that the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, will now be returning to the United States this week before returning to Moscow "in the coming weeks."

Why this matters: The statement, from a State Department spokesperson, comes just hours after Axios reported that Sullivan had indicated he intended to stand his ground and stay in Russia after the Kremlin “advised” him to return home to talk with his team.

Scoop: Leaked Ukraine memo reveals scope of Russia's aggression

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a military exposition in Sevastopol, Crimea, in Jan. 2020. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Russia has been holding last-minute military exercises near commercial shipping lanes in the Black Sea that threaten to strangle Ukraine's economy, according to an internal document from Ukraine's ministry of defense reviewed by Axios.

Why it matters: With the eyes of the world on the massive buildup of troops in eastern Ukraine, the leaked memo shows Russian forces escalating their presence on all sides of the Ukrainian border.

Elon Musk: Autopilot feature wasn't enabled in fatal Texas crash

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Monday that "data logs recovered so far" show the car's Autopilot feature was not enabled — and it did not have access to "full self-driving mode" — in the deadly crash in Texas involving the company's electric vehicle.

Background: Local investigators said they believed the car was operating without anyone in the driver's seat. At the time of death, one man was in the passenger seat, while another was in the rear seat, KPRC 2 reports.