‘Brexit,’ Uber, Cristiano Ronaldo: Your Thursday Briefing – New York Times
Mrs. May will address her E.U. counterparts tonight on Britain’s departure from the union. The other European leaders will then confer separately. Also on the agenda are terrorism, migration and free trade.
Check back for updates. Meanwhile, you can follow James Kanter, our correspondent in Brussels, on Twitter.
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• In Britain, Queen Elizabeth II read out Mrs. May’s slimmed-down agenda, which focused on “Brexit,” at the ceremonial state opening of Parliament.
The monarch’s hat, above, became an unexpected talking point, as many noted striking similarities to the E.U. flag.
The queen was accompanied by Prince Charles, her son and heir. Prince Philip, her husband, has been hospitalized for treatment of an infection.
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• A Cold War redux over the Baltic Sea: NATO fighter jets confronted a plane carrying Russia’s defense minister in neutral airspace, before being chased away by a Russian warplane.
Russia canceled talks with America’s No. 3 diplomat after Washington imposed new sanctions over Ukraine.
Our Moscow correspondent met a museum director who was chastised for challenging the Kremlin’s sanitized version of Soviet history.
Finally, one of the Soviet Union’s greatest spies, Yuri Drozdov, died at 91.
C.I.A. Torture: Interrogating the Interrogators
• A lawsuit against two psychologists has thrown a new spotlight on the C.I.A.’s brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Deposition videos, obtained exclusively by The New York Times, reveal new insights into the “enhanced interrogation” program and the C.I.A. officials behind it.
Suleiman Salim, a Tanzanian, was captured in 2003 and held by the C.I.A. in Afghanistan. He was beaten, isolated in a dark cell for months, subjected to dousing with water and deprived of sleep.
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• Portugal beat Russia, 1-0, in their Confederations Cup match, thanks to a goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.
But at the usual post-match news conference, journalists were eager to ask him questions about accusations of tax evasion that he faces in Spain, and whether he really plans to leave Real Madrid.
Ronaldo didn’t answer, leaving the rumor mill to swirl.
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• In his last hours as Uber’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick was presented with a list of demands from major investors. One was that he resign by the end of the day.
Zagreb, the Croatian capital, is the latest major European city where taxi drivers blocked streets demanding that Uber be banned.
• George Clooney sold his tequila company in a deal that values it at up to $1 billion, making him one of the most successful celebrity investors around.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
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• In France, President Emmanuel Macron reshuffled the cabinet after François Bayrou, the justice minister, and three others resigned. Above, Florence Parly, the new defense minister. [The Guardian]
• Weary survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire in London learned that some of them would be housed in a luxury complex. [The New York Times]
• A top firefighter in Portugal said “a criminal hand” had probably started the forest fire that killed 64 people there last weekend. [The New York Times]
• In Washington, Democrats were scrambling to regroup after losing a Georgia House election that came to be seen as a referendum on politics in the age of Trump. [The New York Times]
• Romania’s prime minister was ousted in a no-confidence vote initiated by the main governing party. [The New York Times]
• And the latest installment of BuzzFeed’s investigation into suspicious Russia-linked deaths in Britain questions the official account of the death of a British intelligence officer. [BuzzFeed]
• Here are four ways flying this summer will be different.
• Recipe of the day: If you’re keeping it light, try this kale and sugar snap pea salad with a ginger, miso and rice vinegar dressing.
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How to Make an Igloo
• As the heat wave continues across much of Europe, our latest 360 video takes you to a much cooler place: One of the few igloo builders left in Canada’s Arctic teaches his disappearing craft.
• This week’s magazine cover story is “Trained to Kill,” an intimate account of how four Nigerian boys were turned into soldiers by Boko Haram.
• Death has different names: cancer, diabetes, heart failure, stroke. But it’s a diagnosis in itself, with its own biology and symptoms. This is what to expect.
• Dozens of fashion industry workers and journalists spend weeks on the road every runway season. How do they manage to always look presentable? Here’s an ode to haute laundry.
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The story of Galileo Galilei demonstrates many things, not least of which is that science keeps evolving.
It was today in 1633 that the Italian scholar was forced to renounce what we now accept as fact: that the earth orbits the sun, not the other way around.
His discovery of Jupiter’s larger moons in 1610 made him question the prevailing assumption that the earth was at the universe’s center.
His advocacy of the heliocentric theory earned him mockery, censure and, in 1633, a trial in Rome, at which he was forced to recant before a jury of cardinals. He vowed that he would “abjure, curse, and detest” his findings.
The declaration saved him from being burned at the stake but led to eight years of house arrest.
It took the Roman Catholic Church more than 350 years, to acknowledge that Galileo had been wronged — though astronomers now tell us that the sun is not immobile, but orbits within the galaxy, pulling the planets along with it.
Today, Galileo’s discoveries seem obvious. But all things are easy to understand once they have been discovered, he wrote. “The point is in being able to discover them.”
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