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Macron: France convinced Trump to remain in Syria "long-term"

Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump.
French President Emmanuel Macron with President Trump. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

In a television interview on Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that France has convinced President Trump that it is "necessary" to remain in Syria "long-term," per the AFP.

The backdrop: Earlier this month, the White House said the U.S. military mission in Syria was coming to a "rapid end" and focused on the complete defeat of ISIS. But that was before the suspected chemical weapon attack on April 7 by Bashar al-Assad's government, and this weekend's coordinated strikes on Syrian government targets with France and the United Kingdom.

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North Korea says it is stopping nuclear and missile testing

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Kim Jong-un. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced the country will stop conducting nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles starting April 21, and shut down a nuclear test site in the north side of the country, through a broadcast on the state news agency KCNA reports, and President Trump announced in a tweet, later adding quotes from the message.

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State Department report cuts references to Israeli "occupation"

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A Palestinian demonstrator at a protest today near the Gaza-Israel border. Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The State Department dropped almost all uses of the term "occupation" from its latest annual report on the human rights situation in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Between the lines: This is a significant change, because the public language used by the State Department usually communicates a policy. The U.N., the E.U., Russia, China and almost all the countries in the world see the Israeli control of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights since 1967 as "military occupation." But Israel doesn't, and now the U.S. might not see it that way either.