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Europe Edition: North Korea, Brigitte Macron, Kenya: Your Wednesday Briefing

Early counts rejected by the opposition put President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead. You can follow results on the election commission’s website.

In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma survived a first secret vote on a no-confidence motion in Parliament.



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In France, proposals to enshrine in law the role of the first lady ran aground after a public outcry.

A government spokesman said that there will not be “any modification to the Constitution, any new resources nor any remuneration” for President Emanuel Macron’s wife, Brigitte Macron.

Separately, an appeals court in Aix-en-Provence sentenced Cédric Herrou, a farmer, to a suspended four-month sentence for helping African migrants crossing from Italy to seek asylum. Mr. Herrou pledged he would continue “because it must be done.”



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Google set off a debate over free speech and sexism in Silicon Valley after firing a software engineer who argued that women are biologically less suited to the tech world.

Anita Hill, a U.S. women’s rights activist, argued in an Op-Ed that women should take the tech industry’s sexism to court. But for the right, the firing became a symbol of the industry’s intolerance of ideological diversity.



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• The picturesque Croatian island of Hvar is the latest European vacation mecca to be having second thoughts about the huge wave of party tourists unleashed by budget airlines.

Unnerved by rowdy behavior, the city is now taking a harder line on enforcing its statutes. And there are calls to prioritize luxury tourism.

“Some exclusive guest in his large yacht doesn’t want to see young drunks sleeping on the pier in the morning,” the spokeswoman of a local beach club said.



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• Pierre-Ambroise Bosse of France won gold in the 800-meter at the world track and field championships in London.

Wayde van Niekerk successfully defended his 400-meter title after Isaac Makwala, his strongest rival, was barred from the final. Mr. Makwala is one of several athletes to have fallen ill with a gastrointestinal virus.

In soccer, Real Madrid beat Manchester United, 2-1, at the Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia. We also looked at record-breaking transfer deals and found U.S. interest in the sport to be growing.

And in tennis, Karolina Pliskova will play her first match as the world No. 1 at the Rogers Cup today.



• In the U.S., only the very affluent have received significant raises in recent decades, according to a team of inequality researchers. The chart above tracks income growth over the last three decades.

• Sizzling U.S. earnings reports, not President Trump’s deregulatory agenda, are fueling the bull market, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes.

• Disney addressed threats to its television business with multibillion-dollar plans for Netflix-style streaming services.

• Unconventional career advice: If you want to change jobs and do something completely different, this is where you could start, at least according to U.S. government data on skill sets.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• In Venezuela, a growing number of military officers are taking up weapons against President Nicolás Maduro — a development that could ultimately determine the nation’s fate. [The New York Times]

• In Nigeria, at least 12 people were killed and 18 injured in a shooting during Mass at a Roman Catholic church. A police official linked the violence to drug gangs. [The New York Times]

In Iraq, the U.N. is bracing for hundreds of thousands of civilians likely to flee their homes as Iraqi forces advance against the Islamic State. [The New York Times]

• As Israeli investigations into Benjamin Netanyahu intensify, there is no clear contender to replace him as prime minister. [The New York Times]

A draft U.S. government report on climate change faces President Trump with the choice of accepting scientific conclusions or rejecting them to cater to conservative supporters. [The New York Times]

• In Brussels, the police shot at a car during a chase through the suburb of Molenbeek before arresting the unarmed driver, who falsely claimed that the vehicle contained explosives. [The Guardian]

Smarter Living

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


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• Recipe of the day: Try Craig Claiborne’s comforting smothered chicken recipe, a hit since 1983.

• We rigorously tested coffee brewing and grinding gear. Here are the results.



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• In memoriam: Glen Campbell, the American singer of “Gentle on My Mind” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” who later became a public face of Alzheimer’s disease, died at 81.

• Our chief theater critic reviews plays in London that deal with women standing up for themselves in worlds shaped by men.

• In France’s Côte d’Azur, a confluence of soil, sun and temperature nurtures roses, jasmine and other flowers, making the city of Grasse a perfume capital.

• What is “Rütli,” a place in central Switzerland, known for? That’s one of the questions in a Swiss citizenship test. In our latest quiz, we collected questions from citizenship tests from around the world.

Finally, among our most-read stories in Europe today is the latest episode review of “Game of Thrones.” There’s more in our newsletter on the hit series.

Back Story


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Research shows that most prospective countries, given the option, tend to favor national sovereignty. Singapore, which became independent of Malaysia on this day in 1965, may be the only modern exception.

Colonized by Britain in the 19th century, the island city-state achieved self-governance in 1959.

A few years later, in 1963, Singapore merged with a federation of Malay states to establish Malaysia.

But amid political, ethnic and economic tensions, Malaysia’s prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, declared Singapore’s separation in 1965.

Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, tearfully described the city-state’s independence as “a moment of anguish.”

He went on to pursue a neutral foreign policy, careful not to upset the much more populous neighbors.

“I am not here to play somebody else’s game,” he once said. “I have a few million people’s lives to account for. And Singapore will survive.”

Survive it did, and prosper. Singapore often appears near the top of quality-of-life rankings in Asia.

If you’re interested in Singapore, a recent highly popular cartoon provides an alternative history of the city-state. And here are five places to visit.

Sara Aridi contributed reporting.


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