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Mueller Gets Another Cooperator...North Korea Minister Visits Sweden...Toys R Us Closing

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Lebanese-American businessman convicted of sexually abusing minors and who served time in a Czech Republic prison more than a decade ago is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. Prague’s Municipal Court convicted George Nader and sentenced him to a one-year prison term in 2003. Nader met with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and strategist Steve Bannon at Trump Tower in December 2016. Nader’s high-level meetings after the 2016 election are of interest to Mueller.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho prison inmate’s death highlights the difficulties faced by prison officials across the U.S. in deciding cell assignments. Glenn Cox was serving time for drunken driving when he was found stabbed, beaten and strangled last year. His cellmate, a triple murderer, is the only suspect. Officials say the decision to pair a drunken driver with a triple murderer was based on a complex number system Idaho and other states use to classify inmates as minimum-, medium- or maximum-security risks.

STOCKHOLM (AP) – North Korea’s foreign minister is visiting Sweden, a move that could be a first step toward the Scandinavian country hosting a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Swedish Foreign Ministry says Ri Yong Ho will meet his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom during his rare trip abroad.

NEW YORK (AP) – The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to landlords. The 70-year-old retailer is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. The closing of the company’s 740 U.S. stores will finalize the downfall of the chain and force toy makers and landlords to scramble for alternatives.

BEIRUT (AP) – The International Committee of the Red Cross says a joint relief agencies convoy is bringing aid to thousands of displaced Syrian families and has entered the besieged rebel-held region of eastern Ghouta just outside of Damascus. It says the joint convoy organized with the United Nations and the Syria Red Crescent Society consists of 25 trucks.