North Korea, Venezuela, Australia: Your Monday Briefing

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, prodded by a reporter, said his government was not planning to arm itself to carry out pre-emptive strikes on North Korea, but he stopped short of rejecting the idea outright.

Local news media and peace activists were quick to note the contrast between the occasion and Mr. Abe’s remarks.

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In Venezuela, uniformed men released a video calling for a revolt against President Nicolás Maduro.

Around the same time, a military base was attacked near the capital, Caracas, an assault the government said it had repelled. Social media showed small crowds gathered near the military base, above, waving Venezuelan flags and banging pots in support for the rebel forces.

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As the United States winds down its costly war in Afghanistan, regional adversaries are muscling in.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan remain the dominant players, but, as our correspondent writes, Iran is building its influence, aiming to step into the vacuum as foreign forces leave.

“Iran does not want stability here,” an Afghan police officer said.

In the latest violence, dozens of civilians and militia forces were killed in what officials described as an attack by Taliban fighters teamed up with a commander linked to the Islamic State.

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Australia suspended the search for three U.S. Marines missing after their MV-22 Osprey went down off the eastern coast on Saturday.

There were 26 personnel onboard the hybrid aircraft, the U.S. military said, and 23 have been rescued. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Separately, the Australian police provided details about an elaborate terrorist plot in which two men from Sydney tried to place explosives supplied by the Islamic State on a flight.

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