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Ally of Putin foe Berezovsky found dead in London

Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian businessman who has been living in exile in the U.K., was found dead in his home late Monday night, the Guardian reports. The circumstances of his death are not immediately clear.

Why it matters: Glushkov is an ally of Boris Berezovsky, the late oligarch who was Putin's top foe in the West until his death in 2013. The fact that Glushkov's death comes so soon after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, and with the U.K. threatening a response, has intensified the scrutiny surrounding it.

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U.S. response to Chinese IP theft could skirt WTO rules

Worker prepares to destroy pirated CDs and DVDs in China
Pirated CDs and DVDs in Taiyuan, China. Photo: Jie Zhao / Corbis via Getty Images

U.S. companies have long decried Chinese theft of their intellectual property. In August 2017, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) launched an investigation into China's intellectual property policies and practices, which is set to conclude before August 2018.

Why it matters:  It is unclear whether the Trump administration intends to move against China without first going to the WTO. If so, it might argue that its concerns about China’s intellectual property policies and practices do not involve a WTO trade agreement. How the administration finesses this issue could affect the WTO’s ability to resolve future trade disputes.

Axios 7 hours ago
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Saudi Arabia's crown prince arrives in U.S. today

Mohammed bin Salman
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Ahead of his White House visit tomorrow, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, gave a rare interview to Norah O'Donnell on CBS News' "60 Minutes": "He was named heir to the throne nine months ago by his 82-year-old father, King Salman. ... [MBS] is emancipating women, introducing music and cinema ... in a land with 15,000 princes."

Why he matters: MBS, as he's known, is "already the most dominant Arab leader in a generation. This week, he embarks on a cross-country American tour, where he'll pitch his kingdom to a skeptical U.S. public."