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Russia, Manchester, Pope Francis: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old suicide attacker, had recently visited his parents in Libya, and likely traveled to Syria. The British police have arrested his older brother and four others, and in Libya, his younger brother and their father were taken in.

We obtained photos that suggest the bomb was skillfully constructed.

Here’s the latest from Manchester, and a look at the homeless men who became heroes and the parents who were victims.

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Credit Pool photo by Evan Vucci

3. President Trump met with an occasionally dour Pope Francis in the Vatican. They sought to bridge their vast philosophical differences and made a mutual pledge to work for peace.

Francis pointedly gave the president a copy of his 2015 encyclical on climate change.

Mr. Trump heads to Brussels next to meet with European leaders. He’s expected to endorse NATO’s mutual defense policy, ending months of questions over how he’d handle it.

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4. Twenty-three million.

That’s how many fewer people will insured by 2026 under the health care bill passed by the House, the Congressional Budget Office said. The law could make insurance economically out of reach for sick people, while reducing the deficit by $ 119 billion over a decade — far less than projected.

The Senate wants to rewrite the bill, but even the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, above, is sounding uncertain about securing the votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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5. Foreign moves under the last administration came under fire, too. The State and Justice departments released a scathing report about the actions of Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Honduras in 2012.

The agency misled Congress and the Justice Department about an operation in which commando-style squads of agents were involved in three deadly shootings, the report said.

In one, the D.E.A. insisted four men killed in a shootout were trafficking cocaine, but villagers said they were bystanders. Above, the mother and sister of one victim at his grave.

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6. Bomb scars, “hell cannons” and trash piles so high they block streets.

Our magazine writer and a photographer traveled to Aleppo, Syria, which the government regained complete control of in December. They found destruction, pessimism and blame, but also resilience and determination to rebuild.

“We all served the politics of other countries in our own land, whether we knew it or not,” said an engineer who has helped repair infrastructure in both regime and rebel-held areas.

“Everybody has to wake up. To be brave, to admit they’ve made mistakes, to come back to the right way.”

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Credit William Widmer for The New York Times

7. For many New Orleans residents, the removal of four Confederate-era statues was intensely personal. We spoke to five people whose ancestors went to war or were enslaved, including Cherice Harrison-Nelson, above.

Praise has been building for Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speech about the removals.

“We have not erased history,” he said. “We are becoming part of the city’s history by righting the wrong image these monuments represent.”

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8. Our latest 360 video takes you inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in a remote part of Norway.

The vault, built 390 feet inside a frozen mountainside, safeguards thousands of seeds of the world’s most important crops. It’s intended to withstand global disaster and operate without human intervention.

It recently flooded after higher-than-normal temperatures and heavy rain. The seeds were unharmed, but Norway is reconfiguring the vault’s operations.

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9. Why are whales so big? There’s a scientific answer.

When ice sheets spread over the Northern Hemisphere 4.5 million years ago, the marine mammals evolved to swim farther to food supplies, eating more and growing larger, a new study found.

The big mama of them all, the blue whale, can reach a whopping 380,000 pounds — making it the largest animal to have ever lived.

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10. Finally, the late-night comics took aim at the budget proposal released by the White House.

“This budget makes huge promises that it can’t possibly deliver,” Jimmy Kimmel said. “It’s basically the Fyre Festival of budgets.”

Have a great night.

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