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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. SECRETIVE LOBBYING CAMPAIGN DETAILED

A Trump fundraiser and an adviser to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi pushed anti-Qatar policies at the highest levels of America’s government, expecting big paydays in return, the AP finds.

2. RISK OF TRADE WAR REMAINS

A truce in the trade conflict between the U.S. and China lightens tensions — but the long-run picture may not be so sunny.

3. WHY CHANGE IS DOUBTFUL, DESPITE MASSACRE

Guns are so hard-wired into Texas culture that last week’s deadly school rampage is seen as unlikely to result in any significant restrictions on access to weapons in the state.

4. US TURNS UP HEAT ON TEHRAN

The Trump administration demands that Iran make wholesale changes in its military and regional policies or face “the strongest sanctions in history.”

5. ASSAD’S FORCES MAKE GAINS

Syria’s military captures an enclave in southern Damascus from IS militants, bringing the entire capital and its suburbs under full government control for the first time since the civil war began in 2011.

6. AFGHANISTAN STILL ‘DANGEROUS AND VOLATILE’

The Trump administration’s revamped strategy in the war zone has made little progress against the Taliban insurgency, a government watchdog says.

7. HOW HUMANS TIP GLOBAL SCALE

Scientists now can estimate how much the different types of life on Earth weigh — and humans don’t nearly measure up to plants, bacteria or even earthworms.

8. ‘GOD MADE YOU LIKE THIS’

Pope Francis’ reported comment to a gay man has been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of the pontiff’s desire to make gay people feel welcome in the Catholic Church.

9. WHO’S GETTING INTO THE TV BIZ

The streaming service Netflix says Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year deal to produce films and series.

10. SPEECHWRITER DIES AT 86

Richard N. Goodwin, a political aide and husband of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, wrote historic speeches for the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson.

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