The State Department issued new guidelines on how to enforce the “close family” test on visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries.
We obtained a diplomatic cable that lays them out: Parents, spouses, children, in-laws and stepchildren qualify as “close family.” But grandparents, aunts and uncles do not. Here are the details.
• South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, met U.S. congressional leaders, including members of the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees, ahead of a dinner at the White House and talks on North Korea with Mr. Trump.
The White House national security adviser said Mr. Trump would meet next week with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting in Germany.
Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted the meeting would include “very difficult” talks with the U.S. on climate and trade.
• Pope Francis granted a leave of absence to Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s de facto finance chief who has been charged with sexual assault, so that he could return to Australia to defend himself. The cardinal has been ordered to appear in court in Melbourne next month.
Our Rome bureau chief’s take: “Cardinal Pell said he wanted to clear his name and return to Rome. But the Vatican statement sounded like goodbye.”
• Iraqi forces claimed control of the remains of Al Nuri Grand Mosque in Mosul, above.
The mosque’s distinctive leaning minaret dominated the skyline of Mosul’s Old City for nearly eight centuries, but the Islamic State blew it up last week.
Iraq’s prime minister said the Islamic State’s yearslong occupation of the city was over, but the eight-month battle has still not entirely ousted the militants.
• In a setback for Rupert Murdoch, British authorities asked regulators to further examine…