Iranian judge presiding over the espionage case against Jason Rezaian denies public court access. -The New York Times
Josh Rogin writes: “Russia is so desperate to hide its military involvement in Ukraine that it has brought in mobile crematoriums"–Bloomberg View
Kabul has been increasingly counting on local armed groups in some provinces -The New York Times
The Senate early Saturday defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act -The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Burundi’s opposition boycotted peacetalks -Washington Post
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