North Korea, Yemen, Michael Flynn: Your Tuesday Briefing

Republicans back in Washington are trying to pass a two-week stopgap measure to avoid a government shutdown. And the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration’s third attempt at a travel ban to take effect while legal challenges proceed.

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Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News anchor, is being sued by a woman who reached a settlement with him over harassment allegations, saying that he and the network had violated the settlement and had portrayed her as a liar and extortionist.

And the Metropolitan Opera in New York suspended James Levine, its revered conductor and former music director, after three men accused him of sexually abusing them decades ago, when the men were teenagers.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ousted former president of Yemen, was reported dead, but the circumstances remained unclear. His death could escalate a Saudi-Iran proxy war that’s already devastated the country and put millions at risk of starvation.

Just two days before, Mr. Saleh appeared to switch sides in the civil war for the second time.

Separately, Saudi Arabia and President Trump said a missile fired from Yemen had been shot down. But a Times analysis of photos and videos from the scene tells a different story.

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In Afghanistan, our Kabul bureau chief went inside a provincial prison to meet Meena, 11, who was born there and has never been outside, not even for a brief visit.

Meena’s mother is a convicted serial killer serving a life sentence, and under Afghan prison policy she can keep her daughter with her until the girl turns 18. Advocates estimate that there are hundreds of children similarly stuck behind bars.

“Yes, I wish I could go out,” Meena said. “But I won’t leave here without her.”

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Lawmakers in Australia showed up for a final debate on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

But one, Tim Wilson, above, went off-script.

The lawmaker first spoke emotionally of the struggles he and his partner had encountered as a gay couple. “This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship,” he said, as he proposed to his partner. The answer was “yes.”

The measure is expected to pass its last test in the House of Representatives by the end of the week.

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