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Europe Edition: Manchester, NATO, Barack Obama: Your Friday Briefing

The New York Times defended its decision to publish crime scene photographs and an analysis of the bomb: “Our coverage of Monday’s horrific attack has been both comprehensive and responsible.”

Here’s our independent public editor’s take on the editorial decision.

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In Brussels, Mr. Trump again backed away from endorsing NATO’s mutual defense policy.

Instead, he publicly lectured European leaders on what he called their “chronic underpayments” to the alliance. And he appeared to push aside the prime minister of Montenegro.

“America First,” an analyst on a German news broadcast remarked, risked turning into “America Alone.” The rock-star welcome former President Barack Obama received in Berlin the same day was a study in contrasts.

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• President Emmanuel Macron of France stood his ground in his first meeting with Mr. Trump. They shook hands until knuckles turned white.

And Mr. Macron, along with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, confronted Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, over nationals from their countries who had been detained in Mr. Erdogan’s crackdown on critics.

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• The next stop on Mr. Trump’s tour is Taormina, the Sicilian playground for aging playboys and affluent Russians, for the G-7 summit meeting.

Our Rome bureau chief headed there early to gauge the mood and meet a man who said he was the president of Mr. Trump’s Sicilian fan club.

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• Our reporter in Canada was invited to spend the last days with John Shields, a civil rights activist who, at 78, was suffering from a painful, incurable disease.

On the day he was scheduled to die, Mr. Shields attended his own Irish wake, full of loved ones, music, booze and his favorite foods. It was a celebration of life.

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• NASA’s Juno spacecraft is giving us mesmerizing views of Jupiter’s poles, like the one above, and glimpses into the interior of the solar system’s largest planet.

Ponder for a moment of how far we’ve come since 1610, when Galileo discovered Jupiter’s four largest moons.

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Business

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• In Silicon Valley, ideas that once seemed too expensive, too risky or just too crazy are now having their moment.

• Some hedge funds have found that momentous moments in politics, like “Brexit,” rarely move the markets in the long term.

• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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We reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of members of the Turkish president’s security detail, who attacked protesters in Washington last week. [The New York Times]

• Hamas publicly executed three men who were accused of assassinating a top member of the militant group on Israel’s orders. [The New York Times]

• A Pentagon investigation concluded that an American airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, in March inadvertently set off explosives positioned in a building by the Islamic State, killing 105 people. [The New York Times]

• In Athens, three people, including Lucas Papademos, a former prime minister, were injured when a letter bomb exploded in the car carrying them. [The New York Times]

• Polish lawmakers voted to limit access to the morning-after pill. [Politico]

In the U.S., a federal appeals court refused to reinstate President Trump’s revised travel ban, saying it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” [The New York Times]

• Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest soccer star to face accusations of tax evasion in Spain. [El País]

Smarter Living

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• Most free online services will probably cost you some personal information, but a few simple tips can help stem the tide.

• Alternate-day fasting offers no special weight loss benefits.

• Recipe of the day: Keep things light with a spicy shrimp salad with mint.

Noteworthy

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• The French Open begins on Sunday. Soon, beloved parts of its historic site in Paris will be replaced by a new, avant-garde tennis stadium.

• Our critic didn’t like the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie at all.

• Good news in medicine: Some people have genetic mutations that leave them nearly impervious to heart disease — and scientists think they can bottle them.

• Croatia’s first steampunk bar is among our list of places to visit on a trip to Zagreb.

• And the legendary painter Wayne Thiebaud discusses his current exhibition in London. At 96, he remains prolific. “I often feel that I’m always starting over, in a way,” he said.

Back Story

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The annual Group of 7 summit meeting begins today in Taormina, a small town on the Sicilian coast that is perhaps best known for being described as “a polite synonym for Sodom” by Sir Harold Acton, a British aesthete, scholar and writer.

The town became a hub for gay men after the German photographer Wilhelm von Gloeden arrived in the 1870s and pioneered the nude male photograph.

Many writers have visited Taormina for extended periods, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway, who once described the town as being so pretty “it hurts to look” at it.

Looming over Taormina is an active volcano, Mount Etna, which has also made a literary appearance: In Homer’s “Odyssey” it is the home of Cyclops.

Locals hope Mount Etna, which erupted as recently as March, does not interrupt the G-7 meetings.

“We hope everyone will put their differences aside and come together here, and we hope that Mount Etna cooperates,” said Pippo Perdichizzi, the owner of an ice cream shop in Taormina.

If the volcano does cooperate, Mr. Perdichizzi is planning to serve “Coppa Trump,” made with red, white and blue gelato and topped with an orange swirl, in homage to President Trump’s “tuft.”

Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.

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