Mr. Trump and Congress are occupied with trying to agree on a short-term spending bill ward off a government shutdown.
• Ferocious wildfires threatening Los Angeles are forcing thousands of evacuations, shutting down schools and highways and leaving California on edge. Check our live briefing.
New fires continue to break out, and winds are expected to strengthen.
• South Korea urged Russian athletes, banned from competing under their own flag in the 2018 Winter Olympics, to compete under a neutral flag. The process is complex, our correspondent writes, and it’s hard to say exactly how many will.
And with tensions on the Korean Peninsula high, Nikki Haley, the American envoy to the U.N., said that it was an “open question” whether American athletes would be able to attend the Olympics.
Separately, in a mystery that has stoked anxiety in Japan, a ghostly armada of boats carrying dead fisherman is washing up on Japanese shores — bearing signs that they came from North Korea.
• We identified the mystery buyer of the Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ that fetched a record $450.3 million at auction last month.
He’s a little-known Saudi prince with no history as a major art collector — but a close relationship with the 32-year-old Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The sale took place amid Prince Mohammed’s sweeping crackdown against corruption and self-enrichment.
“Salvator Mundi” appears headed to the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi, where Prince Mohammed has close allies.
• “This belongs to us all.”
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