Jacob Zuma, North Korea, Julian Assange: Your Wednesday Briefing

Other riveting stories: A gay athlete spoke publicly about what has been an open secret among male skaters: crippling body image issues. And at 17, Chloe Kim of the U.S. became the youngest female snowboarder to win gold in the Olympic halfpipe. (Check out how she did it. You can find our full coverage of the Games here.)

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• More on China.

We have a timely look at the White House’s silence as China marches forward on A.I.

And an essayist in our magazine sees China’s rise as proof of an uncomfortable fact: No one who preaches “free trade” really practices it.

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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa was ordered to step down by his own party.

The African National Congress said he was eroding the “renewed hope” felt in the country since last year.

If Mr. Zuma rejects the order, the party could try to remove him through a no-confidence vote in Parliament, which could deepen party divisions.

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In South Korea, two court rulings added to the toll of the scandal that swamped the former president, Park Geun-hye.

Choi Soon-sil, above, the Park confidante at the center of the scandal, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

And the chairman of Lotte, a South Korean hotel and retail giant, was sentenced to two and a half years on charges of offering Ms. Park and Ms. Choi $6.5 million in bribes. (Shares in Lotte’s retail division fell 4 percent.)

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