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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The State Department announced Tuesday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on the phone, noting that Sudan’s military leaders had released Hamdok from custody and the prime minister and his wife had returned home. Other government officials reportedly remain in detention, and it’s unclear whether the military is allowing Hamdok to leave his house. As of Wednesday night, at least 12 people have reportedly been killed in protests following the coup.

  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued new guidance Wednesday prohibiting immigration enforcement agents to the “fullest extent possible” from making arrests or conducting searches in or near designated “protected areas,” including schools, health care facilities, places of worship, social services establishments, and parades or demonstrations. “Individuals should not be restrained or limited in their access to essential services,” Mayorkas said.

  • Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, said Wednesday the country plans to resume the nuclear talks that stalled over the summer by the end of November. U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said earlier this week that efforts to revive the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal were at a “critical phase” and the United States’ patience with Iran was “wearing very thin.”

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