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Europe Edition: G-20, Tour de France, Wimbledon: Your Friday Briefing

But he had no words of concern for the Polish government’s measures that critics say have undermined judicial independence, press freedom and women’s rights.

Mr. Trump had mixed signals for Russia: He urged Moscow to “cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere,” but played down Russian interference in the American election.

(There was another awkward handshake.)



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• On the sidelines of the G-20 meeting, Mr. Trump will have a highly anticipated face-to-face with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. Analysts say the encounter is a “win-win situation” for Mr. Putin. It will be a moment for both to project masculinity, writes our editor on gender issues.

Mr. Trump already met Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he differs in style and worldview. The two leaders sought to avoid the strained optics of earlier meetings.

Meanwhile, Ms. Merkel’s husband, Joachim Sauer, will take the world leaders’ spouses on a pointed tour of a research lab on climate change.



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• At Wimbledon, Magdalena Rybarikova, above, ranked 87th, ousted Karolina Pliskova, a favorite to win the tournament.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a 32-year-old American player, suffered a serious knee injury.

Early withdrawals from matches, known as retirements, have led to calls for an overhaul of prize money for losers. (First-round losers receive £35,000 as long as they take the court and begin the match.)

Here’s today’s match schedule.



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• Finally, the Tour de France is an amazing feat of sportsmanship — and of marketing potential for the spots it passes through. We visited the small town of Nuits-Saint-Georges, which is thrilled the tour will whiz by today.

“Having a tour stage is probably the best publicity you can do,” said Andy Schleck, a former Tour de France winner.

Incidentally, Mr. Schleck said that the riders might be the only people involved who are oblivious to the host locales. “All that beautiful scenery,” he said. “I don’t remember seeing any of that.”




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• The French government pledged to phase out the sale of cars that use fossil fuels by 2040.

Here’s our breakdown of the European Union’s free trade agreement with Japan, and the hurdles that remain to its ratification.

• Hopes for a Trump bump in the U.S. economy are shrinking. Estimates for the second quarter are being revised downward.

• The cyberattack that started in Ukraine is still causing headaches for large companies, including Maersk, and American hospitals. Separately, unidentified hackers appear to have been targeting U.S. nuclear facilities.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• European governments largely rejected an Italian proposal to open other E.U. ports to vessels carrying migrants to lessen Italy’s strain. [Politico]

• In Libya, Gen. Khalifa Hifter announced that his forces had vanquished the Islamist fighters they had been battling in Benghazi for the past three years. [The New York Times]

• In a raid on a digital security workshop in Istanbul, the Turkish police detained another Amnesty International official and others, including trainers from Germany and Sweden. [The New York Times]

• Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, in a bellicose interview, defended his crackdown on critics. [Die Zeit]

In Washington, the government’s top ethics official, who had clashed with the Trump administration, resigned, casting uncertainty over the agency he led. [The New York Times]

• Norway offered its citizens the possibility to pay extra tax if they felt they had underpaid. So far, the plan brought in only $ 1,325. [Bloomberg]

Smarter Living

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


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• Instagram can perpetuate harmful ideas about the perfect body — but it can also inspire us with bodies that are more like our own.

• Long-term travel can wear on more than just your body. Mostly, it’s important to let go of expectations or plans.

• Here’s a Sicilian cook’s recipe: baked eggplant with ricotta, mozzarella and anchovy.



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• Two professional soccer players from Mexico have found a new life, and acceptance for their love in Iceland.

• Researchers at CERN reported that they spotted a particle that could provide insights into how quarks interact. The particle is known as Xi-cc++ (pronounced ka-sigh-see-see-plus-plus).

• The art world is watching Maria Balshaw as she becomes the first female director of Britain’s Tate network of art museums.

• Summer is the best time to explore Stockholm’s glittering waterways and blooming parks.

• And our magazine asked an Italian journalist to film a virtual reality video in the hottest place on Earth, in Ethiopia. He returned with impressions of a landscape of psychedelic colors.

Back Story


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In the U.S. Supreme Court’s 227-year history, only four women have served on its bench (three of them currently). On this day in 1981, President Ronald Reagan followed up on a campaign promise to appoint the first, announcing that he would nominate Sandra Day O’Connor.

Reaction was swift. “Already the flack is starting & from my own supporters,” Mr. Reagan wrote in his diary. “I think she’ll make a good Justice.”

Viewed as a centrist and moderate conservative, she became a swing vote in decisions upholding voting rights, environmental protection, affirmative action and religious liberty.

Justice O’Connor, born in 1930, graduated third in her class from Stanford Law School. Yet the only position offered to her was legal secretary. She declined.

“It wasn’t until the ’60s that women began to bring to the forefront the continuing concerns that they had about equal opportunity,” she told The Saturday Evening Post in 1985, adding, “I am sure that but for that effort, I would not be serving in this job.”

While she never marched for women’s rights, that didn’t stop scholars from analyzing her feminist credentials.

Does she call herself a feminist? No. She prefers to be called “a fair judge and a hard worker.”

Danielle Belopotosky contributed reporting.


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