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A pivotal election in Turkey, a face-off in Europe over migration and the “world’s ugliest dog.” Here’s the latest:
• Europe at odds over migration.
Germany and Italy battled over the E.U.’s migration policy at an emergency meeting of 16 bloc leaders on Sunday.
The Italians want to abandon the principle that migrants must be returned for screening to the member country where they are first registered. But Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany called for all bloc members to accept migrants. She is pushing for a solution that would thwart a challenge from her own interior minister over migration that threatens to topple her government.
While the number of migrants flowing into Europe has dropped considerably, the politics of migration have become ever more toxic. For the second time this month, Italy and Malta barred a rescue ship packed with hundreds of migrants, above, from docking in their ports.
Meanwhile, a Turkish-born German lawyer and women’s rights activist could not find a mosque where she felt at home in Berlin. So she started the first Muslim house of worship in Germany where women are recognized as imams.
• “Brexit will be a disaster for this country.”
Tens of thousands of Britons opposed to the country’s withdrawal from the E.U. protested in the streets of London, above, on the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum.
Separately, the European aerospace giant Airbus delivered a stark ultimatum over Brexit, warning it could leave Britain if the country exits the bloc without a transition deal.
And Britain’s Prince William landed in Jordan for a “historic” trip to the Middle East that will also take him to Israel and the Palestinian territories — places that Britain controlled for decades after World War I. He will juggle diplomatic and royal duties in a tense political climate.
• Beer, live music and (polite) debate.
Denmark’s hottest political festival, Folkemodet, draws government leaders, C.E.O.s and ordinary Danes to a remote island where they hash out issues profound and personal.
We joined the four-day gathering of 110,000 people, and found activists dressed in black niqabs protesting a recent push to ban the full Islamic veil, the chief of a scandal-hit bank in the hot seat for allowing Russian money laundering, and a Conservative Party tent with its own draft beer supply.
“People wouldn’t come if it was only about politics,” one attendee said.
• A high-stakes environmental mystery: What’s decimating the atmosphere’s protective ozone layer? An investigation by The Times and an independent environmental group found a culprit: Factories in China keep making and using an internationally banned chemical, mostly in producing foam insulation for refrigerators and buildings. Above, the city of Xingfu, where such production is common.
• Italy is again struggling economically. Many blame the Trump administration’s steel tariffs, the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran, and political chaos.
• Amazon is using its powerful global marketplace machine to steer shoppers toward its in-house brands and away from its competitors.
• Uber’s appeal of a regulator’s decision to ban it from London is among the headlines to watch for this week.
• Palma, capital of the island of Majorca, will become the first Spanish city to ban the short-term rental of apartments through sites like Airbnb, in an effort to contain tourism (especially drunk Britons).
• Major oil-producing countries agreed to jointly raise exports, ending a deal that had more than doubled prices and raised revenues, but that drew the ire of President Trump.
• A Vatican tribunal sentenced a former Vatican diplomat to five years in prison and a fine of about $5,800 for possessing and distributing child pornography. [The New York Times]
• Political controversies erupted at the World Cup involving Kosovar independence, Serbian nationalism, a beloved Egyptian striker and a controversial Chechen leader. [The New York Times]
• Saudi Arabia lifted its longtime ban on women driving, and our correspondent hit the road with one of an elite group of female drivers who succeeded in getting their licenses in time to mark the day. [The New York Times]
• President Trump’s approval rating has hit 90 percent among Republicans. Their resilience could help his party’s chances of keeping control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November elections. [The New York Times]
• The Forgotten Army: A group of British volunteers has been searching for more than a decade for soldiers who fought for Britain in Burma (now Myanmar) in World War II. [BBC]
• In Yemen, the Houthi rebels reinforced their troops in the center of the main port city as a Saudi-led military coalition closed in. The U.N. has warned of an impending humanitarian disaster. [Reuters]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
Did you see any strange lights in the sky yesterday?
Perhaps you spotted an extraterrestrial anniversary celebration! The so-called modern era of ufology (yes, it’s a word) dawned 71 years ago on June 24.
That’s when Kenneth Arnold, above, an Idaho businessman flying his private plane, saw nine disc-like objects zooming impossibly fast past Mount Rainier, in Washington. He told the East Oregonian newspaper, which ran a tiny article that was picked up by The Associated Press.
June 24 was also the day, in 1997, when the Air Force published a conclusive paper about a second incident reported in 1947 by a rancher near Roswell, N.M., who found odd, metallic debris scattered there. Rumors grew that an alien spacecraft had crashed. The report was intended to debunk rumors about little green people once and for all (whether it succeeded is debatable).
As for Mr. Arnold, stung at being mocked by skeptics, he once complained to an Air Force officer who interviewed him, “If I saw a ten-story building flying through the air I would never say a word about it.”
But he never recanted his original story.
Nancy Wartik wrote today’s Back Story.
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