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Europe Edition: Yemen, Rotterdam, Emmanuel Macron: Your Thursday Briefing

There was new fallout from his off-the-cuff comments on violence in Charlottesville, Va. A group of U.N. experts condemned his reaction, saying it could set a precedent elsewhere. And groups of rabbis said they would boycott conference calls with Mr. Trump.

His latest speech had a more measured tone. (The video above compares the president’s tone in scripted and unscripted speeches.)

Our columnist looks at growing worries that Mr. Trump’s attacks on the news media could incite violence. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal is under scrutiny after its top editor demanded changes to how the president was covered.



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• In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, a warning from the Spanish police over a security threat led to the cancellation of a concert by the Californian band Allah-Las.

There was some confusion over the detention of the driver of a Spanish van, above, which was loaded with gas canisters, near the concert venue.

The police cautioned drawing links to the attacks in Spain last week, when a terrorist cell killed 15 people. Gas canisters had played a central part in what appears to have been its original, wider plot, which was thwarted by an accidental explosion.

Our correspondents there explored the life of Abdelbaki Essati, the shadowy imam who the Spanish authorities say they believe was at the center of that cell.



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• Yesterday, we looked at the effects of climate change on Italian winemaking. Today, we look at how it has made Alaska’s permafrost no longer permanent.

By 2050, much of this frozen ground, a storehouse of ancient carbon, could melt. And as microbes process the vast quantities of formerly frozen organic matter, more warming gases will be released.

Separately, researchers found that Exxon Mobil “misled the public” about climate change even as its own scientists were recognizing greenhouse gas emissions as a risk to the planet.



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By some counts, more people in the U.S. speak Spanish than in Spain — over 50 million.

Our correspondent looked at how Spanish is thriving despite English-only laws in more than 20 U.S. states. (The latest sign of its strength is the No. 1 song of the summer, “Despacito.”) Here’s the article in Spanish.

We are also trying to reach more readers in other languages. Here, in French, is our report on the high number of suicides among French farmers, and here, in Italian, is our Cairo bureau chief’s investigation into the Egyptian government’s complicity in the murder of Giulio Regeni, an Italian researcher.



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Emmanuel Macron, the French president, is touring Central and Eastern Europe, trying to make the case that low-cost labor migration from there has undercut French workers’ salaries and fueled anti-E.U. sentiment.

• A Russian court fined Sistema, the country’s largest private conglomerate, over its I.P.O. plans for a subsidiary, raising fears among investors over the unraveling of private property rights.

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8. (It is unlikely to explode.) And our tech columnist looked at why the iPhone has so many of us in its grip, 10 years after its debut.

• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• Some readers in Scandinavia criticized our coverage of the death of Kim Wall, the Swedish freelance journalist. We’ve edited the article to try to provide additional context. [The New York Times]

• The British government apologized for mistakenly informing up to 100 E.U. citizens of their imminent deportation. [The Guardian]

• Russia’s ambassador to Sudan, who was found dead at his home in Khartoum, is at least the fourth Russian career diplomat since December to have died prematurely overseas. [The New York Times]

• The first solo Middle East trip of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is marred by bad timing. [The New York Times]

• The Romanian government’s plan to put the top corruption investigator under political control has prompted protests from the opposition and the president, who called the move an “attack on the rule of law.” [Politico]

• #happybirthday: Ten years ago, the use of hashtags was first proposed in a Twitter post. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

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


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• Recipe of the day: Salmon with sesame and herbs hits all the right notes: salty, sweet and sour.

• The best running stride? Your natural gait.

• Avoid the common pitfalls of being a roommate. (Communication is crucial.)



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• In the Democratic Republic of Congo, coffee farming cooperatives are attracting the attention of global buyers. But bureaucracy and bribery mean that beans can take months to reach a port. Above, a coffee tasting in South Kivu Province.

• In London, a developer has restored a hidden Banksy stencil for public viewing. “You wouldn’t paint over a Monet, would you?,” he said.

• Soccer: Wayne Rooney ended his international career after spurning an offer to return to the English squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

Warsaw, the Polish capital, is an oft-overlooked gold mine for budget travelers, our Frugal Traveler columnist writes.

Back Story


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Mount Vesuvius erupted on this day in 79 A.D., burying the Roman town of Pompeii under a heap of ash, rocks and pumice.

Most of what we know of the event we owe to Pliny the Younger, who described it in a letter to the Roman historian Tacitus. According to the account, in the early afternoon that day, Pliny’s mother told his uncle, Pliny the Elder, that “a cloud which appeared of a very unusual size and shape” was approaching.

“I cannot give you a more exact description,” Pliny the Younger wrote of the cloud, “than by likening it to that of a pine tree, for it shot up to a great height in the form of a very tall trunk, which spread itself out at the top into a sort of branches.”

Pliny the Elder set off by boat to explore the cloud’s source, encountering “black pieces of burning rock” along the way. Yet he continued onward, reportedly telling his pilot, “Fortune favors the bold.”

The maxim, however — at least that day — proved false.

“He suffocated,” his nephew wrote, “by some gross and noxious vapor.”

Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.


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