Thursday's global agenda: Hagel returns to the Senate

In other news:

Vice President Biden meets with Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, this weekend to kick-start new nuclear disarmament talks, Foreign Policy reports.

Iran has told the United Nations's nuclear watchdog that it plans to install more sophisticated equipment at its principal nuclear enrichment plant. [The New York Times]

Vietnam released and deported an American pro-democracy activist detained since April after considerable diplomatic pressure. [The Wall Street Journal]

Lobbying and regulations:

The State Department is seeking comments until March 18 on a proposal to amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to revise Category XVI (nuclear weapons related articles) of the U.S. Munitions List.

The State Department published a notice on easing the ban on imports from Burma.

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