It’s the first time that Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, has filed charges for meddling. Above left, Yevgeny Prigozhin, one of Russia’s richest men and a close associate of Vladimir Putin. He’s among the accused. Here’s what we know about him.
Prosecutors accuse the Russians of using social media to sow political discord — including actions that supported Donald Trump’s candidacy. Our White House correspondent writes that Mr. Mueller has “instantly created a new political reality for Mr. Trump.”
3. In otherWashington news,Mitt Romney, above center, declared that he’s running to represent Utah in the Senate.
The Trump administration recommended stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
And an ex-Playboy model alleged that the publisher of The National Enquirer paid $150,000 for her account of a nine-month affair with President Trump — but never published the story.
4. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Relations between their countries have reached a crisis point, and the two leaders failed to resolve the conflict during a three-hour dinner in Ankara.
They’re at odds over a Turkish military operation in Syria to dislodge Kurdish fighters allied with the U.S. Before Mr. Tillerson’s arrival, Mr. Erdogan had vowed to deliver an “Ottoman slap” to American forces if they stood in Turkey’s way.
5. A surprising new study found that petroleum-based chemicals used in perfumes, paints and other consumer products can emit as much air pollution as cars and trucks.
That’s partly because vehicles are getting cleaner. But researchers found that 40 percent of the chemicals added to consumer products wind up in the air.
Once released, they interact with other particles to create the building blocks of smog, which can trigger asthma and other health problems.
6. In otherenvironmental news, the Church of England is asking Anglicans to give up plastic for Lent.
Many Christians give up indulgences like tobacco, alcohol or sweets, or transgressions like lying and swearing, for the six weeks of penance that begin on Ash Wednesday.
The Anglican church says environmental stewardship is a core tenet of its teachings, and suggested that the faithful forgo plastic products and packaging. Above, litter in London.
7. It’s also the Lunar New Year. Here’s our collection of recipes for the holiday, including crowd-pleasing “longevity noodles,” with chicken, ginger and mushrooms, above.
In China, a skit on a TV special celebrating the holiday set off an uproar with caricatures featuring blackface and African men in animal suits.
The program is one of the most watched in the world, with an audience estimated at 800 million. The skit was intended to highlight relations between Africa and China.
8. Lindsey Vonn,who has been called the world’s greatest skier, makes her Pyeongchang debut during Friday night’s Olympics broadcast. She’s among the favorites in the downhill and the super-G.
Here’s the full Olympic medals table, results and schedule.
9. We chatted with Salt Bae about how he spends his Sundays.
That’s the Turkish restaurateur Nusret Gokce, who gained internet fame from a video of his flamboyant sprinkling of salt on a steak. He’s expanding his chain.
The 35-year-old bachelor (with 13 children) is living at the Plaza Hotel, a short trip from his newest restaurant, Nusr-Et.
10. Finally, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” begins its fifth season on Sunday.
Mr. Oliver spoke to us about what’s coming this season, his efforts to “protect the main body of our show from being cannibalized” by the president, and his recent dust-up with Dustin Hoffman.
Have a great weekend.
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