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Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is helping to open doors in Washington for Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández as part of his effort to push the Latin American nation to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Israeli officials said this was one of the reasons Netanyahu organized a trilateral meeting with Hernández and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday in Brasilia on the sidelines of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's inauguration.

Why it matters: U.S.-Honduran relations are currently tense over immigration issues, specifically migrant caravans. President Trump even threatened to cut U.S. aid to Honduras and other Central American countries if they do not stop their migrant flows to the U.S. Israeli officials said that Honduras had requested Israel's help in warming relations with the Trump administration as one of its conditions for moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

  • Israeli officials who spoke to reporters on Netanyahu's plane back to Tel Aviv said Hernández asked Netanyahu to get him a meeting with Pompeo because he couldn't reach him for a long time. They added that Netanyahu asked Pompeo to join his meeting with Hernández, which dealt mainly with the issue of moving the Honduran embassy to Jerusalem.
  • The short trilateral meeting lasted 15 minutes. The Israeli officials said Netanyahu told Pompeo that Israel is ready to help Honduras on issues like water and agriculture development, which pushed many Hondurans to attempt to head north. Netanyahu emphasized this to highlight why it would benefit the Trump administration to join in those efforts.
  • After the meeting, they issued a joint statement which said the three countries agreed to strengthen political relations and coordinate greater cooperation on development in Honduras.

What they're saying: The joint statement added, "They also agreed to pursue a plan of action which includes meetings in their three capitals to advance the process of the decision to open embassies in both Tegucigalpa and Jerusalem."

  • The Israeli officials said they hope Honduras will move its embassy to Jerusalem within two months — and Israel will open an embassy in Tegucigalpa during the same time frame.

Go deeper: Australia to move its embassy in Israel to West Jerusalem

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Civil rights groups sue Oklahoma over law banning critical race theory

The Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City. Photo: Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A group of civil rights organizations is suing Oklahoma over a law that restricts discussion of race and gender in public schools.

Why it matters: The law is one of several Republican-led attempts to ban critical race theory (CRT), a concept that links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system.

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Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.

"Assassin's Creed," but for schools

"Viking Age: Discovery Tour." Image via Ubisoft

For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.