Monday's global agenda: Obama to nominate Hagel, Brennan today

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Tainted travel: Google chairman Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson arrived in North Korea on Monday, a trip criticized by the State Department. [The Wall Street Journal]

In other news

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai will give Obama a piece of his mind when he visits Washington later this week. [The Washington Post]

Syria's Bashar Assad ruled out talks with rebels in a rare national address Sunday. [The Wall Street Journal]

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has officially changed his government's name to the “State of Palestine” after the U.N. voted last month for Palestinian statehood. [Associated Press]


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