Russia, Venezuela, Malala: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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Photo Credit Yuri Kadobnov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 1. The clash between Russia and the West is intensifying.
Russia will expel 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, in retaliation for Western measures designed to punish Moscow for its alleged role in a nerve-agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Russia denies any involvement.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, above, summoned the American ambassador, Jon Huntsman, to his office to give him the news. The Americans were given until April 5 to leave the country.
The daughter of the spy, who was also poisoned, is showing improvement as she recovers in a British hospital.
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Photo Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 2. The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort to weaken standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel econo..

Sisi Poised to Win Egypt’s Election. With 92% of the Vote.

Sisi Poised to Win Egypt’s Election. With 92% of the Vote. Photo Election workers counting ballots in Cairo on Wednesday. Early results showed President Sisi heading for a landslide victory after he sidelined his main rivals. Credit Mohamed Hossam/EPA, via Shutterstock CAIRO — Early results from Egypt’s election showed President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi headed for a landslide victory with 92 percent of the vote, state media reported Thursday, an unsurprising margin in a race where he eliminated all serious opposition months ago.
Mr. Sisi’s token opponent, Moussa Moustapha Moussa, received just 3 percent of the vote, less than the number of spoiled ballots, state media said.
With his main rivals in jail or forced from the contest, Mr. Sisi relied on voter turnout to demonstrate his popularity. State media said that about 40 percent of voters cast ballots during the three days of voting that ended Wednesday, down from 47 percent in the 2014 election that formalized Mr. Sisi’s power.
State te..