Prince Mohammed’s appointment comes at a time of deep Saudi involvement in conflicts across the Middle East, and the move will have far-reaching effects on oil markets.
Here is a recent profile of the young prince.
• President Trump will travel to Iowa to speak to supporters, as Democrats seethe, and try to regroup after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia.
The Republican winner was Karen Handel, and here’s what it might mean for congressional elections in 2018.
And days after a police officer was acquitted of all charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist in Minnesota, a dashboard video of the shooting, above, was publicly released.
• A lawsuit against two psychologists has thrown a spotlight on the brutality used in C.I.A. interrogations.
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.
• The business world is digesting the upheaval at Uber after Travis Kalanick stepped down as chief executive of the transportation colossus he helped found in 2009.
The shareholder revolt that ousted Mr. Kalanick capped months of questions over leadership at the company, which has become an example of start-up culture gone awry.
• Temperatures hovering around 120 degrees, or nearly 50 degrees Celsius, caused more than 40 recent flights to be canceled in the southwestern U.S. — hotter air is thinner air and some smaller jets simply could not take off.
As the global climate warms, disruptions like these are likely to become more frequent, potentially making air travel less predictable, more expensive and with a greater risk of injury from increased turbulence.
• Toshiba picked a consortium that is backed by the Japanese government to buy its microchip business, intensifying a dispute with an American partner, Western Digital, that also bid on the $20 billion chip business.
• Wang Shi, chairman and founder of China Vanke Group, the country’s largest real estate developer, will step down. Mr. Wang had recently found his position under threat in a rare Chinese hostile takeover attempt.
• On Ford’s milestone decision to make its Focus compact cars in China: “After years of predictions that cars sold in the West would bear the ‘Made in China’ label,” our Shanghai bureau chief writes, “the time has finally come.”
• Asian cities dominated a ranking of most expensive cities for expatriates. Hong Kong was second, followed by Tokyo (3), Singapore (5), Seoul (6) and Shanghai (8).
• U.S. stocks were mixed. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Al Nuri Grand Mosque in Mosul, where the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared a caliphate in 2014, was destroyed. The Iraqi government said the Islamic State was behind the blast — but the militants blamed a U.S. airstrike. [The New York Times]
• In the southern Philippines, Islamist militants seized an elementary school and held 31 hostages for about 12 hours before escaping. [The New York Times]
• A dog meat festival opened as usual in the Chinese city of Yulin despite reports that the sale of dog meat was banned at the event this year. [BBC]
• A Times reporter attended the annual Lychee and Dog Meat festival in 2015. “Why do people always pick on Yulin?” a participant said at the time. [The New York Times]
• China canceled military talks with Vietnam after tempers flared during a closed-door meeting in Hanoi on disputed territories in the South China Sea. [The New York Times]
• “A battered wife and a bloodied hockey stick.” A politician’s tweet about a Syrian refugee has ignited a firestorm in Canada. [The New York Times]
• The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a rule banning offensive trademarks. We talked to the frontman of the Slants, the Asian-American rock group that brought the case. [The New York Times]
• Here are four ways in which flying this summer will be different from last.
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• 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.
• The boys from Baga: In this nearly novelistic telling, four children from a fishing village in Nigeria were abducted by Boko Haram and trained as soldiers. They learned to survive, but only by forgetting who they were.
• It has different names: cancer, diabetes, heart failure, stroke. But we all die of the same thing. In fact, dying has its own biology and symptoms. This is what to expect.
• And the N.B.A. draft is upon us, and the experts have weighed in on who’s going where. The 76ers and Lakers are expected to take Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball with the top two picks. After that, it gets interesting.
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, during 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, until 1992, to acknowledge that Galileo had been wronged (although 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.”
Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.
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