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

Americans who are very or extremely concerned about a North Korean nuclear threat to the U.S. has dropped from 67% last October to 50% today, according to an AP/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

Trump's approval rating on his handling of North Korea is at 42% now, up from 34% in October. 48% of those polled favored Trump’s potential talks with North Korea’s leader over denuclearization, while 29% oppose them. The poll was conducted after Trump announced his plans to meet with Kim Jong-un.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.