Trump and Abe meet at Mar-a-Lago. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

CIA director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea on Easter weekend to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the Washington Post reports, in a dramatic move on the path to an unprecedented summit between Kim and President Trump.

Why it matters: When Trump agreed to meet with Kim, he was accepting an invitation that came second-hand, from the South Koreans. There has been considerable skepticism since then that the summit would actually take place. The meeting with Pompeo indicates that discussions are farther along than was previously known.

  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the "administration does not comment on the CIA Director’s travel.”
  • The news comes after Trump referred to "very high-level" talks with the North Koreans today at a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • Trump said Tuesday that five sites are being considered to host the historic meeting, and promised to bring up abductees with Kim — an key issue for Japan.
  • Trump said the meeting would likely take place by early June.

Go deeper: What it's like to negotiate with North Korea.

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"Not enough": Protesters react to no murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

A grand jury has indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March, on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots blindly into neighboring apartments.

The state of play: Angering protesters, the grand jury did not indict any of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid on homicide or manslaughter charges related to the death of Taylor.

Dave Lawler, author of World
Updated 55 mins ago - World

U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus

Lukashenko at his secret inauguration. Photo: Andrei Stasevich/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images

rThe U.S. no longer recognizes Aleksandr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus, the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lukashenko has clung to power with the support of Russia amid seven weeks of protests that have followed a blatantly rigged election. Fresh protests broke out Wednesday evening in Minsk after it emerged that Lukashenko had held a secret inauguration ceremony.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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