Latest News Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Ireland, South China Sea: Your Monday Briefing 2018-05-27T20:54:06.000000000+00:00 Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Italy’s Populist Parties, on Precipice of Power, Fail to Form Government 2018-05-27T19:59:44.000000000+00:00 The failure, resulting from an impasse over the future government’s economics minister, thrusts Italy back into uncertainty — and potential new elections. U.S. Officials Enter North Korea to Lay Groundwork for Summit Meeting 2018-05-27T19:43:30.000000000+00:00 The move reflects a more traditional negotiating process that President Trump first short-circuited by abruptly agreeing to meet but later set in motion by canceling the meeting. The Evangelical Fight to Win Back California 2018-05-27T19:19:27.000000000+00:00 As the primary approaches, Franklin Graham brings Jesus — and a conservative political message — to a state with a vast pool of evangelical voters. Democrats Go All-Out to Avoid Disaster in California House Races 2018-05-27T19:16:12.000000000+00:00 The party and allied groups are spending more than $4 million on a handful of chaotic congressional races that are critical to Democrats’ strategy to win the House in November. ‘OMG This Is Wrong!’ Retired English Teacher Corrects a White House Letter and Sends It Back 2018-05-27T19:05:42.000000000+00:00 A former high school teacher who wrote to Mr. Trump was unhappy with the letter she got in return. “Poor writing is not something I abide,” she said. ‘Solo’ Sputters at Box Office, Raising Worries of ‘Star Wars’ Fatigue 2018-05-27T18:55:04.000000000+00:00 Ticket sales for “Solo” were big, but by “Star Wars” standards they fell far short. Multiplex gridlock and disgruntled fans were among possible explanations. China Warns 2 American Warships in South China Sea 2018-05-27T18:45:33.000000000+00:00 The country’s defense ministry said it had confronted the U.S. warships, which passed through waters near the Paracel Islands that China claims as its own. Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish 2018-05-27T17:48:33.000000000+00:00 It’s paddlefish season in Montana. Programs to harvest the giant’s caviar and sell it have helped to create a model for sustainable fishing. Everyone Loves a Parade. Especially When It’s on a Military Base. 2018-05-27T17:06:33.000000000+00:00 As Washington grumbles about President Trump’s order to hold a military parade in the capital, the Army’s 82nd maxes out the potential for a show of might.