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Europe Edition: Barcelona, Donald Trump, Malala: Your Friday Briefing

This was at least the sixth time in the past few years that assailants used vehicles as deadly weapons to strike a European city.

King Felipe VI will join mourners in a minute of silence today near the site of the attack.



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President Trump condemned the attack in a Twitter post. “Be tough & strong, we love you!,” he wrote.

In a following post, he praised the counterterrorism tactics of a U.S. general in the Philippines in the early 1900s. Most historians say that the methods were unproven legends and that even if they were used, they did not work.

One of our most-read stories was a frank conversation between Stephen Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, and a reporter. We explored the current state of Breitbart, which Mr. Bannon once called a platform for the alt-right. Its current editors disagree.



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Mr. Trump also called the removal of Civil War statues “foolish,” arguing that Confederate monuments should be kept as a connection to American history.

Much of the European commentariat has reacted with a disdainful shrug to Mr. Trump’s ambiguous response to the violence that erupted over plans to remove one such statue.

And fights over political monuments are nothing new in Europe, our Central and Eastern Europe bureau chief writes in an extensive overview of similar debates on the Continent.

Above, the head of a Lenin statue that was taken down in Berlin in 1989.



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• A daily exodus of migrants fleeing armed conflict, hunger and sexual violence in South Sudan has pushed the number of refugees sheltering in Uganda to over one million.

“We’re looking at Africa’s biggest displacement crisis,” a spokesman of the United Nations refugee agency said.



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Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace laureate, is headed to Oxford.

Ms. Yousafzai was 15 when a Taliban gunman in Pakistan shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education in 2012. She has since expanded her campaign worldwide.

Now 20, she will attend the prestigious university to study philosophy, politics and economics.

One reaction: “Take that, Taliban.”



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• Mazda’s recent announcement that it could make far more efficient gasoline engines suggests that the shift to electrification isn’t imminent.

• The shares of China’s tech giants Alibaba and Tencent have rocketed this year to become global investor darlings.

• Wall Street took broad losses. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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The police in South Africa have notified border crossing stations to prevent Grace Mugabe, the first lady of Zimbabwe, who stands accused of assault, from leaving the country. [Associated Press]

• Russian veterans of the separatist war in Ukraine speak of their dreams of military glory and how they feel abandoned by Moscow. [RFE/RL]

• In India, a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by an uncle and who had been denied an abortion by the country’s courts gave birth to a girl. [The New York Times]

• In Hong Kong, three young leaders of the city’s democracy movement were jailed over large street protests in 2014. [The New York Times]

• The International Criminal Court ruled that a (penniless) Islamist extremist was liable for damages of $ 3.2 million for destroying shrines in the ancient city of Timbuktu, Mali. [The New York Times]

In the U.S., a settlement was reached in the lawsuit against two psychologists who helped devise the C.I.A.’s brutal interrogation program. [The New York Times]

• And one of our most-read stories this morning is an Op-Ed that looks at how a German town used humor to subvert an unwanted Nazi parade. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.


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• Tonight, consider a simple pasta dinner with our cacio e pepe recipe.

• The best running stride is the one that comes naturally.

• Want to take a road trip? Don’t leave home without these things.



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Dressed in historical robes, competitors at the Conquest Cup in Istanbul preserve Ottoman-style archery.

• In memoriam: Fadwa Suleiman, an exiled Syrian activist who defied gender and sectarian stereotypes, died at 47. Gunnar Birkerts, the Latvian-born Modernist architect, died at 92.

The Bundesliga returns this weekend. Here’s the schedule. Our correspondent looks at how more teams are being led by younger coaches.

• Rugby Women’s World Cup: England beat the U.S. and France beat Ireland. The semifinals are on Tuesday.

• In Rome, the planned demolition of a 1950s movie theater has spawned a civic movement and prompted a debate about gentrification.

• If you’re in Berlin this Sunday, consider heading to Mauerpark for the regular karaoke sessions where the Berlin Wall once stood.

Back Story


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Itching to celebrate World Mosquito Day? Sunday is the day.

It commemorates the 1897 discovery of the role that the insects play in transmitting malaria, a disease that has long bedeviled humanity, killing an estimated 429,000 people in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

A Nobel Prize was later awarded to Sir Ronald Ross for the discovery.

Once mosquitoes were identified as the carrier of malaria, strides were taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

One of the most effective tools for preventing its spread are nets treated with insecticide that are placed around beds. Between 2008 and 2010, 294 million nets were distributed in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, a high-risk area, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Immunizations and indoor spraying have also proved effective.

Do mosquitoes prefer some people over others? Science suggests they do, as the insects are drawn to higher metabolism rates, higher body temperatures and more sweat, among other factors.

The best bet to fend them off may be spray, as those citronella candles don’t really work. Here are some more tips.

Lauren Hard contributed reporting.


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