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Roger Stone was asked to explain to a D.C. District judge Monday a new book edition and Instagram posts that may have breached his gag order banning him from discussing his case.

The big picture: In response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team, who alerted Judge Amy Berman Jackson, Stone said his book, "The Myth of Russian Collusion: The Inside Story of How Donald Trump REALLY Won," did not violate the order because the relevant passages were published online in January before she had signed it, The New York Times reports. The judge will also consider whether he breached the order with two new posts that appeared on Stone's Instagram account Sunday before being deleted — one containing the title “who framed Roger Stone,” in a nod to the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" The other featured T-shirts containing the phrase "Roger Stone did Nothing Wrong" and the caption, "The proceeds will go to defend Stone against the deep state hit squad."

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New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.

FDA approves AstraZeneca COVID drug for people with immune problems

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The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 antibody drug for people with compromised immune systems.

Why it matters: The drug, Evusheld, is the first antibody therapy authorized in the U.S. to prevent coronavirus symptoms before virus exposure.

Scoop: U.S. begins denying Afghan immigrants

Afghan refugees on a bus bound for temporary housing after arriving in Greece. Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images

The Biden administration has begun issuing denials to Afghans seeking to emigrate to the United States through the humanitarian parole process, after a system that typically processes 2,000 applications annually has been flooded with more than 30,000.

Why it matters: Afghans face steeper odds and longer processes for escaping to the U.S., despite the earlier sweeping efforts by the Biden administration to assist its allies. Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say the government has set untenable barriers to a safe haven in the U.S.