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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump had a series of meetings in Riyadh on Sunday leading up to a speech in which he will urge Muslim countries to work together to fight terrorism.

Trump accepted an invitation to Egypt in a meeting with Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and the two exchanged compliments. Per pool reports:

Trump: "We've really been through a lot together positively," POTUS said. He… said that in Egypt "safety seems to be very strong."

Sisi: "You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible." That made everyone laugh. And POTUS responded: "I agree!"

Bonus Trump: "Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man..."

Trump also met with the King of Bahrain — telling him, "there has been a little strain but there won't be strain with this administration" — and the Emir of Qatar. In that meeting Trump brought up an issue that has been a centerpiece of his Saudi visit thus far:

"One of the things that we will discuss is the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment because nobody makes it like the United States. And for us that means jobs and it also means frankly great security back here, which we want."

Trump also took part in a meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council. The U.S. officials participating in the meetings include H.R. McMaster, Rex Tillerson, Jared Kushner, Gary Cohn and Dina Powell.

The administration had to deal with an unexpected headache in the form of yet another North Korean missile test, releasing this statement:

"We are aware that North Korea launched an MRBM. This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's three most recent tests. We refer you to DoD for further information."

Mrs Trump visited a school. Per the AP, "The first lady delivered Dr. Seuss books to a pre-school classroom, spoke to sixth graders on a soccer field and clapped along to a rendition of "Lean on me" in the school's library."

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By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

Photo: Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.

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