• In the southern Philippines, security forces continued their siege of Marawi.
As many as 1,000 civilians are believed to be still trapped or held as hostages three weeks after hundreds of militants allied with the Islamic State overran the town.
More than a year after the Pentagon started directing computer-network attacks against the Islamic State, it has become clear that the group’s recruitment efforts and communications hubs reappear almost as quickly as they are torn down.
• A U.S. federal appeals court ruled against President Trump’s revised travel ban, the latest in a string of court rulings rejecting the administration’s efforts to limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries.
With his agenda faltering, and public attention focused on accusations from former F.B.I. director and public testimony coming from his attorney general, Mr. Trump held what our reporter described as a “highly unusual” cabinet meeting.
He asserted that the U.S. was “seeing amazing results” from his leadership and then basked in adulatory statements from each of the senior advisers at the table.
• A proposed overhaul of the historic, 17-acre Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne has set off a fierce debate over preservation and modernization, illustrating the tricky balancing act that cities face when their most valuable historic real estate is still in use.
“This is our city’s greatest asset, its greatest tourist attraction,” the city’s lord mayor said. “It’s ridiculous to have it sitting empty.”
• Ride through history in this visual dispatch from Myanmar, where Yangon’s Circle Line train is a functioning, if fading, piece of the past.
Its archaic appeal has become a draw for tourists seeking a picturesque experience. But local commuters would gladly trade all that for a more efficient service.
• Fuji Xerox, the joint venture between Xerox and Fujifilm, ousted its chairman and other executives after learning that its operations in Australia and New Zealand overstated revenue by $340 million. Above, Tadahito Yamamoto, the ousted chairman.
• General Electric is shaking up its top management. Its chairman and chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, is stepping down after a 16-year run that is ending in a long slump in share prices.
• In tech news, the video game industry’s annual jamboree, E3, opens in Los Angeles, and we review Apple’s newest iPad Pro, to be released this week.
• Shares in Japanese restaurant operators surged after the birth of a baby panda at Tokyo’s main zoo raised the tourism outlook.
• U.S. stocks were lower. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Hong Kong issued a No. 8 warning as Typhoon Merbok approaches landfall, a threat level under which financial markets, schools, businesses and nonessential government services must close. [South China Morning Post]
• A Chinese couple abducted last month in Pakistan have been killed, a senior Pakistani official said, though he did not indicate who was responsible for the killings. [The New York Times]
• The half brother of North Korea’s leader had $120,000 in his possession when he was killed at Kuala Lumpur’s airport in February, raising new questions about the motive for the assassination. [The Asahi Shimbun]
• An Australian filmmaker who may have flown a drone over an opposition rally in Cambodia could be facing up to 10 years in prison there on charges related to national security. [The Cambodia Daily]
• More than 10 percent of the global population is now obese, according to a new study, with some of the fastest rises in China, Latin America and Africa. [The New York Times]
• What will manners be like in the office of the future? Something like those in the co-working spaces of today.
• Spending more could offer you a bigger return than saving.
• Recipe of the day: Embrace the sweet and savory with stir-fried pork and pineapple.
• “More than once, as we walked the streets of New York, I felt I was in the presence of someone coming fully alive for the very first time.”
Our Magazine reporter spent a week interviewing Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army specialist who was recently freed after years in prison for sharing vast troves of military and diplomatic documents with WikiLeaks.
• In memoriam: Benjamin Cho, 40, a fashion designer, D.J. and New York celebrity; and Edith Shiffert, 101, an American poet who was profoundly influenced by the half-century she spent in Japan.
• And this week marks 50 years since Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that invalidated U.S. state laws restricting interracial marriage. Our readers shared some of the struggles and triumphs of their own mixed-race relationships.
The film “Wonder Woman” has grabbed audiences (and box-office receipts) around the world with its often insouciant story of a female superhero battling on the side of good.
We thought you might like a little sense of the original Wonder Woman’s story.
She emerged at the end of 1941, as World War II helped foster a golden age of superhero comics. Her initial powers were largely psychic but then expanded more into the physical realm, many — like extraordinary strength and agility — traced to her training and resources as an Amazon warrior.
After decades of fighting all manner of enemies with these extraordinary skills, she gives them up to remain behind when her sister Amazons leave for another dimension. She goes on to fight crime with normal-scale human abilities — and great courage.
The story line eventually restores her superpowers. And, whether the inevitable sequels follow the original tale or not, we can trust the film industry to use its own magic powers as the epic unfolds.
It already has. In “Wonder Woman,” the filmmakers managed to keep the star Gal Gadot’s pregnancy hidden, using a special green screen costume that enabled her baby bump to be rendered invisible.
Lauren Hard contributed reporting.
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