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A prince gets hitched in Britain, abortion polls tighten in Ireland and a shock hits Cannes. Here’s the latest:
• Let’s start with some good news for a change.
The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday was an extraordinary ceremony with strong elements of African-American culture that showed the couple’s determination to bring Britain’s royal family into the modern world.
The celebrity-filled ceremony featured a gospel choir and a sermon by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. It was a remarkable moment: A relaxed, charismatic African-American bishop, speaking to British aristocrats in the cadence of the black American church. Read his sermon here.
And it left many asking, with joyous emotion: Who knew the royal wedding was going to be so black? Who knew it would be so American?
• “We’re putting the trade war on hold.”
That was the U.S. Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, announcing that new tariffs on Chinese goods would be suspended while bilateral talks progressed.
Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s chief economic adviser, added to uncertainty about the level of concessions China might actually offer. He said the $ 200 billion in additional Chinese purchases cited by administration officials was a figure that “interests the president a lot,” not an indication that a deal of that size is near.
Chinese officials had denied making such an offer, and economists were doubtful because the figure is nearly half the annual U.S. trade deficit with China. Above, imported soybeans at a port in Nantong, China, in last month.
• Technology is disrupting European societies politically and economically, but how they’re responding opens a window into where the Continent is headed:
Germany, home to a tough new law on online hate speech, is tapping its dark history as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate Facebook, the world’s biggest social network. Above, a Facebook deletion center in Berlin in February.
In Armenia, young people, many from prosperous tech companies, formed the backbone of a protest movement that capsized the governing party this month.
A small town in Wales is installing free Wi-Fi, erecting electric car chargers and partnering with a mobile payments service to shield struggling local stores from the impacts of online shopping.
(And we tested how easy it will be for people in Europe to access their personal data compared with users in the U.S. The results were not what we expected).
• This time in Texas.
Our reporters reconstructed the timeline of the mass shooting at an American high school, above, on Friday. Survivors told how they fled for their lives, hid in closets, texted their parents, saw their friends die.
The authorities said the 17-year-old suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, had confessed and told investigators he spared certain students “so he could have his story told.” He appears to have been obsessed with violence and evinced neo-Nazism.
One of the 10 victims was a 16-year-old girl who had, according to her mother, been rejecting the suspect’s advances for months. Another was an exchange student from Pakistan.
Across the U.S., students are adjusting to the new reality of these shootings. “It’s like the front lines of a war,” one told us.
• When Deutsche Bank holds its annual meeting this week, high on the agenda will be ousting Paul Achleitner, the chairman of its supervisory board. He is increasingly blamed for problems at the troubled bank. Above, its headquarters in Frankfurt.
• Among the headlines to watch for this week: Mark Zuckerberg visits Brussels, and the world’s most sweeping data privacy rules go into effect across the E.U.
• Banks are adopting military tools and techniques, like “fusion centers,” windowless bunkers and combat drills, to battle cybercrime.
• More than 200 apps and services offer stalkers a variety of electronic capabilities to monitor their targets, including basic location tracking, harvesting texts and secretly recording video.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• In Ireland, the once-profound influence of the Catholic Church has faded, but abortion is an exception, leaving the results of this Friday’s referendum on legalizing the procedure unpredictable. Above, referendum posters in Dublin. [The New York Times]
• An envoy of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered help to the Trump campaign in a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and other advisers in August 2016. [The New York Times]
• President Trump is weighing the risks of meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea after the North’s chief nuclear negotiator declared that the country would not swap its nuclear weapons capability for economic aid. [The New York Times]
• Roman Abramovich, the billionaire Russian owner of Chelsea, missed the team’s final soccer match after his British visa expired. The delay has fueled speculation that Britain is clamping down on Kremlin-connected Russians amid rising tensions with Moscow. [The New York Times]
• Italy’s populist parties agreed on a platform for governing that would allow them to push ahead with an agenda that seeks to adjust the country’s relationship with Europe. [The New York Times]
• Pope Francis announced that he had chosen 14 men to be the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals, including prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. [Associated Press]
• In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seized on the violence in Gaza to position himself further as a leader of the Muslim world before an election next month that could give him a more powerful presidency. [The New York Times]
• Gunmen stormed a Russian Orthodox church in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, on Saturday before being killed by security forces. [The New York Times]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Meet Paolo Borrometi, above, one of nearly 200 Italian journalists who live under police protection because their reporting angered the mafia. “That doesn’t happen in other countries,” a press freedom advocate says.
• The director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or, the highest honor at the Cannes Film Festival, for “Shoplifters,” about a Japanese family on the margins. But the festival was shaken when the Italian director Asia Argento accused unnamed people in the audience of protecting Harvey Weinstein.
• That’s a wrap: Hungarian archaeologists think they have an explanation for why only an ancient hand — and not the rest of the body — was mummified. But their solution poses a new mystery.
Royal fever’s not over yet. (At least for us.)
Today, we take a look inside Temperate House, the largest Victorian greenhouse in the world, which recently reopened at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London after a multiyear renovation that cost £41 million ($ 55.2 million).
The greenhouse was designed by Decimus Burton and opened in 1863. Today it houses over 10,000 plants, including some of the rarest and most threatened, from temperate regions of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific islands.
For example: Taxus wallichiana, a Nepalese plant that is used to make a chemotherapy drug called Taxol. Researchers are now cloning it to help conserve it in the wild.
The renovation was done by the firm Donald Insall Associates, which sought to adapt the building with modern technology to improve environmental control, optimizing air and light for the plants.
A reviewer for The Guardian noted how painstaking the work was. Tens of thousands of items were removed and repaired, and 15,000 panes of glass were replaced.
“It has been a mammoth undertaking, and the result is suitably breathtaking,” the critic Oliver Wainwright concluded.
Karen Zraick wrote today’s Back Story.
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