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Mosul, G-20, Tesla: Your Morning Briefing

While Mr. Trump has been dogged by revelations of undisclosed meetings between his associates and Russians, new documents reveal that Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign advisers met with a Russian lawyer who has ties to the Kremlin. Continue reading the main story The June 9 meeting is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and members of ...

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Leopoldo López, Venezuelan Political Prisoner, Is Released to House Arrest

“I see it as a pragmatic move by Maduro to release pressure he was under that was disproportionately higher than the value of keeping him in jail,” Mr. Genser said. “Now is the time for sustained pressure on Maduro. Leopoldo’s transfer to house arrest confirms that the relentless pressure is working.” Continue reading the main story Mr. López, a charismatic ...

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A Sicilian Photographer of the Mafia and Her ‘Archive of Blood’

In years when the word Mafia was barely whispered in public, Ms. Battaglia, now 82, was chronicling its brutal activities for all to witness. In 1979, she boldly set up oversize photographs of Mafia victims in the main square of Corleone, the domain of Sicily’s most notorious and ruthless Mafia clan. She was aware of the potential consequences. Continue reading ...

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No Escape From Mosul, and Unlikely Chance of Surrender

The militants included a large number of foreign fighters: Of the 100 Islamic State extremists that were killed this week, 26 came from outside Iraq, the general said. Russian-speaking foreigners, most likely Chechens, were among the best snipers, he added, though he did not think highly of the Islamic State’s infantry tactics. Nobody, however, questioned their proficiency in making and ...

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North Korea, Vladimir Putin, G-20: Your Thursday Briefing

Amid fears of violent protests, Hamburg will be swathed in a police presence of 20,000. With U.S. commitment to European security in question, Germany’s Parliament concluded that the country could legally take shelter under the nuclear umbrellas of the British or French. Continue reading the main story _____ Photo Credit Felipe Dana/Associated Press • Photographs and drone video footage show ...

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Narendra Modi, North Korea, Vladimir Putin: Your Wednesday Briefing

If the two can eventually reach agreement on the details, the deal could rival NAFTA as the world’s largest free trade zone — and threaten the U.S. with isolation in important industries like automobiles. Continue reading the main story _____ Photo Credit Edgar Su/Reuters • “We must all get back to work. This is not a soap opera.” That was ...

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Israel Faces Uproar Abroad as Netanyahu Yields to Ultra-Orthodox Jews

The furor over the Western Wall agreement boils down to a refusal by Israel’s Orthodox religious authorities to grant any recognition to Reform and Conservative Judaism. The main prayer space at the Western Wall, known in Hebrew as the Kotel, has separate men’s and women’s sections, in the Orthodox tradition, and is run like an Orthodox synagogue. Continue reading the ...

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With Social Media, Vietnam’s Dissidents Grow Bolder Despite Crackdown

In authoritarian Vietnam, the internet has become the de facto forum for the country’s growing number of dissenting voices. Facebook connections in particular have mobilized opposition to government policies; they played a key role in mass protests against the state’s handling of an environmental disaster last year. Now, the government is tightening its grip on the internet, arresting and threatening ...

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In a Desperate Syrian City, a Test of Trump’s Policies

To try to save the dam, Syrian fighters cut a deal granting about 70 militants safe passage out of town. But the Islamic State did its best to sabotage the complex anyway: The aging red turbines were blown up while the control panels were sprayed with bullets. Continue reading the main story Syrian engineers have been trying to get one ...

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German Parliament Approves Same-Sex Marriage

With the passage of the measure, Germany will join Ireland, France, Spain and other nations in extending full marital rights to same-sex couples, including the right to adopt children. Photo Volker Beck, a lawmaker from the Greens party and a longtime campaigner for gay rights, was emotional after the vote. Credit Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters “If the Constitution guarantees one thing, it ...

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