Latest News Asia and Australia Edition: Iran, Russia, Olympics: Your Monday Briefing 2018-02-18T19:30:58.000000000+00:00 Here’s what you need to know to start your day. News Analysis: U.S. Revives Concerns About European Defense Plans, Rattling NATO Allies 2018-02-18T19:08:28.000000000+00:00 After pressing European nations to spend more on their security, Americans now worry that their projects could weaken the Atlantic alliance and block U.S. defense contractors from deals. ‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records and Hollywood Myths 2018-02-18T18:36:58.000000000+00:00 “Black Panther” arrived to a record-setting $218 million in Presidents’ Day weekend ticket sales in North America and a global total of $387 million. Russian Athlete May Lose Olympic Medal After Failed Doping Test 2018-02-18T17:45:55.000000000+00:00 A Russian curler who won a bronze medal in Pyeongchang has failed a preliminary doping test, complicating Russia’s efforts to move past a vast, state-backed cheating scheme. Netanyahu to Iran: ‘Do Not Test Israel’s Resolve’ 2018-02-18T17:05:53.000000000+00:00 Brandishing what he said was part of an Iranian drone shot down by the Israeli military, the prime minister warned in a speech in Munich against crossing Israel’s “red lines.” Second Afghan Governor Defies Kabul Order to Resign, Adding to U.S. Headache 2018-02-18T16:40:41.000000000+00:00 The refusal by Abdul Karim Khadam, who leads Samangan Province, to step down deepened a political schism between President Ashraf Ghani and regional leaders. Trump Blames Obama and Democrats for Failing to Stop Russian Meddling 2018-02-18T16:39:18.000000000+00:00 The president seemed to embrace the idea that sowing discord in American politics had been Russia’s aim, after previously saying little to acknowledge a threat. Brendan Cox, Husband of Murdered U.K. Lawmaker, Resigns Over Abuse Accusations 2018-02-18T14:30:25.000000000+00:00 The husband of Jo Cox stepped down from two charities created in her memory over allegations of inappropriate conduct from 2015. Ski Ace Ted Ligety Bows Out of Olympics. Will It Be for Good? 2018-02-18T11:23:45.000000000+00:00 Although he changed the sport, he finished 15th in the giant slalom on Sunday, well behind the gold medal winner, Marcel Hirscher of Austria. Florida, Mueller, Olympics: Your Weekend Briefing 2018-02-18T11:00:01.000000000+00:00 Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.