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Charlottesville, North Korea, Trump: Your Weekend Briefing

Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.

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1. The United States faced new levels of crisis both domestically and internationally.

Brinkmanship between President Trump and North Korea raised alarms about the threat of nuclear warfare, prompting foreign leaders to urge both sides to dial back the apocalyptic language.

On Friday, Mr. Trump, who is at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., for a working vacation, said the United States military was “locked and loaded” should the North act “unwisely.”

Earlier, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened to create “an enveloping strike” around Guam, an American territory in the Western Pacific. Above, an intercontinental ballistic missile in North Korea.

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Here’s a look at where North Korea could reach with its missiles, but The Times’s Interpreter columnists say there are five reasons to believe the threat is overstated.

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2. And the bitter ideological divisions splitting the United States exploded into violence on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalists had gathered to protest the city’s plan to remove a statue memorializing the Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

An Ohio man was charged with murder after a car was driven into a crowd of counterdemonstrators, killing at least one person and injuring at least 19 others. About 35 were injured over all in Saturday’s violence.

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