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Europe Edition: London, Qatar, Donald Trump: Your Tuesday Briefing

The leaked report accused Russian military hackers of cyberattacks against an American company that sells voter registration-related software and local election officials before last year’s presidential election.

Separately, White House officials said Mr. Trump would not invoke executive privilege to block James B. Comey, above, the F.B.I. director he fired, from testifying before Congress on Thursday.



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• President Trump took to Twitter, rebelling against his advisers, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and criticizing their “watered down” version of his travel ban on citizens from some Muslim-majority nations.

Meanwhile, some senior American career diplomats have publicly distanced themselves from the White House, citing a struggle to defend the president’s positions.



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• The decision of five Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, to suddenly suspend diplomatic relations with tiny Qatar has complicated American efforts to confront the Islamic State.

Oil prices spiked at first but then retreated. “In the Middle East, there is politics and then there is business,” said a former U.S. ambassador to Qatar.

Here’s our recent report from a U.S.-led military command center in Qatar.



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• Share the work. Encourage friendships with girls. Let him cry.

That’s some of the advice of neuroscientists, economists and psychologists when we asked them how to raise a son who believes in the full equality of men and women.

Children start noticing stereotypes at age 3, a psychologist said. “If you don’t help them label them as stereotypes, they assume this is the way it is.”




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• Many Europeans, and most Americans, are pessimistic about their children’s financial future, according to a new report. There is more optimism in the developing world.

• Apple announced a speaker device, the HomePod, to rival Amazon’s Echo.

• We dissected Marissa Mayer’s $ 900,000-a-week Yahoo paycheck. The company’s fortunes declined, but she delivered rewards to investors.

• The Trump Organization announced plans for a new three-star hotel chain with a patriotic flair.

• Cold brew changed the coffee business, creating summertime demand and helping it reach a new audience: millennials.

• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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In Iraq, our reporter traveled with soldiers, documenting in a photo essay their clashes with the last Islamic State militants holding out among civilians in Mosul. [The New York Times]

• In the United States, drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed, becoming the No. 1 killer of Americans under 50. “Heroin is the devil’s drug,” said a 24-year-old who is struggling to stay clean. [The New York Times]

The first round of overseas voting in France’s legislative elections showed the party of Emmanuel Macron, the president, ahead. French voters at home go to the polls on Sunday, and a week later in the second round. [France 24]

• Montenegro, once a stronghold of pro-Russian sentiment in the Balkans, officially joined NATO. [Associated Press]

• Our Jerusalem bureau chief looks at how Israel is struggling to deal with the legacy of its stunning victory in the six days of war 50 years ago. [The New York Times]

• A dating site in Gaza matches widows to men seeking second, or third, wives. [The New York Times]

• Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will address the U.N. Human Rights Council, a body she once called “so corrupt,” for the first time today. [Foreign Policy]

• Italy debates whether Sicily’s onetime mafia boss should be allowed to spend the rest of his life sentence under house arrest. [ANSA]

Smarter Living


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• Here’s why we probably won’t change our minds today.

• It’s very likely that you are getting more calories and sugar when you drink a smoothie than when you eat whole fruits or vegetables.

• Recipe of the day: Cod cakes make for a simple, satisfying dinner.



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• Here’s how Ariana Grande’s benefit concert came together within days. Her world tour resumes in Paris tomorrow.

• Bob Dylan finally gave his acceptance lecture for the Nobel Prize in Literature, a requirement for receiving the award. Listen to it here.

• French Open: Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka advanced. France’s top female players appear to have resolved their differences. Here is today’s schedule.

• A submersible drone can go fishing for you. It finds the fish, lures them with a light and dangles the bait.

• And our latest 36 Hours travel guide takes you to Canterbury, a historic English town that’s just an hour away from London by train.

Back Story


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Senior officials from around the world, including representatives from the European Union and the United States, are convening in Beijing today for the eighth meeting of the Clean Energy Ministerial, an international forum on clean energy.

The three-day conference takes place against a new global backdrop: China and the E.U. are now expected to lead worldwide efforts to limit the effects of climate change, given President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

Our former Beijing bureau chief, Edward Wong, tells us that China has been making big strides in acknowledging its severe environmental degradation and its role in accelerating climate change. It has surpassed the U.S. as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. (The U.S. remains the biggest emitter over time.)

He notes that China has been investing in renewable energy and limiting coal use in the east to combat air pollution. And President Xi Jinping has promised that 20 percent of China’s energy will come from non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030.

Government cleanup efforts, Mr. Wong says, are partly a result of growing public concern, occasionally expressed through angry online commentary.

Mr. Wong says the big question is how proactive China will be in setting ambitious climate commitments and pushing other nations to do the same.


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