Wednesday's global agenda: Russia trade bill gets its day

Palau gets its day: The House Foreign Affairs Committee's panel on Asia and the Pacific marks up legislation providing terms for a continuation of the free association between the United States and Palau

Tibetan visit: Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE (R-Ariz.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteDems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada Stale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Trump voter fraud commission sets first meeting outside DC MORE (R-N.H.) host a meeting and a discussion about Tibet this afternoon with the Tibetan government in exile's prime minister – or Kalon Tripa – Lobsang Sangay, who is on a five-day tour of Washington, DC.

In other news

Syria's defense minister is reported to have been killed in a Damascus suicide bombing amid reports of escalating violence in the capital. [CNN]

An alliance of liberal parties left the Muslim Brotherhood's islamists in the dust in Libya's legislative elections. [Associated Press]

Israel's centrist Kadima Party quit the coalition government it formed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just two months ago, squelching hopes for peace with the Palestinians. [Reuters]

Thousands of people are fleeing the harsh justice of the Islamists who have gained control of northern Mali. [The New York Times]

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