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26 security officers killed in attacks across Afghanistan

Afghan security officials inspect the scene of three explosions in December 2017. Photo: Wali Sabawoon/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 26 government security officers were killed after a series of attacks on government outposts on Saturday night and Sunday in northern and eastern Afghanistan, according to the New York Times. The Afghan government blamed those attacks on Taliban insurgents. Two schools were also burned down, though the perpetrators were not clear.

The big picture: Per the Times, attacks on schools "were common 10 years ago" for the Taliban, but they swore them off after outcries from communities. But the Wilson Center's Michael Kugelman told Axios last month that the Taliban is "ramping up its attacks on civilians...to convey the impression that the government can’t protect its people."

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North Korea says it is stopping nuclear and missile testing

Kim Jong-un sits at a desk.
Kim Jong-un. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced the country will stop conducting nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles starting April 21, and shut down a nuclear test site in the north side of the country, through a broadcast on the state news agency KCNA reports, and President Trump announced in a tweet, later adding quotes from the message.

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State Department report cuts references to Israeli "occupation"

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A Palestinian demonstrator at a protest today near the Gaza-Israel border. Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The State Department dropped almost all uses of the term "occupation" from its latest annual report on the human rights situation in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Between the lines: This is a significant change, because the public language used by the State Department usually communicates a policy. The U.N., the E.U., Russia, China and almost all the countries in the world see the Israeli control of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights since 1967 as "military occupation." But Israel doesn't, and now the U.S. might not see it that way either.