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Exports And Embassies: How Fast Will Iran-USA Normalize Relations?

A few months back, it would have made front-page headlines around the world. Now, the encounter between Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of this weekend's Munich Security Conference, is largely being presented as "routine" diplomacy in Persian newspapers.

Monday's edition of reformist Aftab-e Yazd reported cited sources saying that while the two nations' top diplomats met on Sunday, staffers were finalizing details to allow direct exportation of goods from the U.S. to Iran for the first time in decades.

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Two Ukrainian soldiers at a military base on the outskirts of the separatist region of Donetsk

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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