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Online Q&A site Quora has raised $85 million in new VC funding at around a $1.8 billion valuation. Company co-founder and CEO Adam D'Angelo tells Axios that proceeds will go toward "internationalization" (i.e., adding languages ― it did Spanish at the end of 2016 with French, German and Italian to soon follow) and to increase its focus on machine learning (e.g., figuring out who should answer each question).

Late incubation: D'Angelo also clarified Quora's unusual entry into the Y Combinator program in 2014, despite already being 5 years-old at the time:

I think it got blown up in the press to be more than it actually was. Sam [Altman] and other YC partners wanted to do an experiment investing in later-stage companies, so they did a small investment in our last round. That gave us YC status, but we didn't do the normal stuff that early-stage companies do at YC... but it did make us eligible for what became the YC Continuity Fund, which is where a lot of the new funding is coming from.

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U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

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Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.