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.

The June 9 meeting is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle during the campaign.

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The G-20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, where public splits with President Trump were the order of the day, reflected the newly confrontational stance that European leaders are taking toward the United States.

The other members of the group broke explicitly with the U.S. on the subject of climate change and vowed to move forward collectively, declaring the Paris accord “irreversible.”

An Australian news broadcast that delivered a scathing evaluation of Mr. Trump’s performance at the meeting has gone viral on social media.

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Our reporter is on the ground in Istanbul as hundreds of thousands of protesters arrive in the city as part of the March for Justice, a demonstration against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s widening crackdown on dissent.

The march, which began hundreds of miles away in Ankara on June 15, was led by politicians from Turkey’s main opposition party and has drawn increasing numbers of protesters along the way.

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China is facing renewed pressure to release one of its most prominent dissidents.

Liu Xiaobo, a political prisoner and Nobel laureate who is on medical parole in a Chinese hospital to receive treatment for late-stage liver cancer, was declared fit to travel abroad for medical care by American and German doctors on Sunday.

Mr. Liu is serving an 11-year sentence after being convicted of state subversion. Our Opinion columnist calls him “the Mandela of our age.”

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In our latest edition of The Breakdown, news and notes from Australia, we look at Tesla’s plans to install the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. Check back at 3 p.m. Sydney time for a new edition.

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The mass adoption of electric cars may occur sooner than you think.

A new report suggests that the cost of plug-in vehicles is falling much faster than expected, based in part on a plunge in battery prices and aggressive policies promoting zero-emission vehicles in China and Europe.

• Elon Musk, Telsa’s chief executive, gave the public a first glimpse of the much-anticipated Model 3. He tweeted photos of the electric car more than a year after it was first announced. There are some 370,000 pending reservations for the new model.

• Tesla sales are down in Hong Kong after the government ended a tax exemption for electric vehicles.

Trading partners around the world are cautiously awaiting word from the Trump administration on its decision regarding possible tariffs on steel imports.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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• Firefighters in London say a lack of equipment, particularly fire engines with sufficiently long ladders, impeded rescue efforts during the Grenfell Tower blaze. [The New York Times]

• A cease-fire in part of Syria was fostered by the United States, Russia and Jordan; it took effect at noon on Sunday. [The New York Times]

• In Australia, a new study found that antibiotics are being prescribed at up to nine times the recommended rates. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

• China’s first operating aircraft carrier sailed into Hong Kong to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule. [The New York Times]

• An annual exercise involving the Indian, American and Japanese navies will commence today in the Bay of Bengal, despite growing naval tensions with China. [The Economic Times]

• Khaltmaa Battulga, a populist real-estate tycoon and former martial arts star, won the presidential runoff in Mongolia. [BBC]

• The Australian cyclist Richie Porte, one of the top contenders in the Tour de France, suffered a terrifying high-speed crash on Sunday. [ABC News]

Smarter Living

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

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• Working out in the hot weather? Try a hot bath beforehand.

• Make a batch of the Ritz-Carlton’s blueberry muffins and enjoy them in the morning with coffee.

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Ghor Province in Afghanistan, plagued by an absence of the rule of law and a complete sense of impunity, has become a hotbed of gender-based violence.

In Hong Kong, restrictive zoning and performance rules are impeding artistic expression and cultural development, especially for the “live house” indie music scene.

• Test your knowledge of this week’s international affairs with our global news quiz.

Back Story

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Like music? Then you might want to check out the Montreux Jazz Festival.

It’s underway on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. If you happen to be — like us — elsewhere, you can stream the concerts live on the festival’s website.

Once devoted almost entirely to European jazz, it has evolved into something far more inclusive. Its founder, Claude Nobs, was criticized for continuing to use the term “jazz” to describe the event even after other styles of music were introduced.

“Montreux Jazz is a brand name, and most of the people know what to expect,” Mr. Nobs, who died in 2013, said in a 2006 interview with Billboard magazine.

This year, the festival’s eclectic program included sold-out concerts by the British pop stars The Pet Shop Boys and the American R&B singer Lauryn Hill. The Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour is scheduled to perform on the final day, next Saturday.

The festival has also been a prolific venue for recording. The pianist Bill Evans recorded a Grammy-winning album there in the second year, kicking off a series that comprises what is now an extensive audio archive recognized by Unesco.

Palko Karasz contributed reporting.

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