(Then) U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Joseph Y. Yun, right, listens to the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister during a press conference in 2015. Photo: Joshua Paul / AP

The U.S. envoy to North Korea, Joseph Yun, is going to Seoul this week to meet with South Korea's top nuclear envoy, Lee Do-hoon, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to Axios. Lee was just appointed last month, and it will be their first meeting.

Backdrop: The meeting comes in advance of Trump's visit to the region next month, and as U.S.-South Korean naval drills are further ramping up tensions in the region. The North Korean regime interprets the drills as rehearsal for invasion, and could respond with provocative measures. Just today a North Korean official said Pyongyang won't come engage in diplomacy until it can hit the East coast of the U.S. with a nuke.

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President Trump's attacks are spreading to sports that are cornerstones of rural, conservative white American life.

Why it matters: The culture war that engulfed the NBA and NFL is reaching other major leagues, with teams that stonewalled activists for years suddenly showing a willingness to listen.

Foreign students could be forced to leave U.S. if colleges move online

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Foreign college students could be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer schools if their universities move classes entirely online this fall, according to guidance released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday.

Why it matters: Several U.S. colleges and universities — most recently Harvard — have announced plans to move most or all courses online this fall due to coronavirus concerns. Many institutions rely heavily on tuition from international students.