The widespread criticism has also put new pressure on Stephen Bannon, the White House chief strategist, who had cautioned Mr. Trump not to criticize far-right activists too severely for fear of antagonizing a small but energetic part of his base. Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon, and others have pushed for Mr. Bannon’s dismissal.
• In Sierra Leone, at least 300 people were killed by torrential flooding and mudslides. Morgues were overwhelmed, and many were still feared buried by debris and mud.
Separately, in Mali, Islamist militants killed at least nine people in two attacks on United Nations peacekeeping forces.
And in Burkina Faso, the death toll in the attack by gunmen on a cafe rose to 18.
• North Korea may have obtained Russian-designed rocket engines on the black market, according to a new study and classified assessments by U.S. intelligence agencies. Ukraine rejected the suggestion that the engines could have originated there.
China, Pyongyang’s top trading partner, has imposed new sanctions on North Korea as U.S. officials are tamping down talk of war. The North’s state media remained belligerent, but a slight change in tone suggested some willingness to defuse tensions with the U.S.
• In France, a girl was killed and 13 others were injured when a man rammed his car into a pizzeria in Sept-Sorts, near Paris.
An investigator ruled out terrorism.
• Finally, in London, the charred remains of Grenfell Tower, where at least 80 people died in a fire in June, exposed the disconnect between elitist local administrators and poor residents, our correspondent writes.
An inner borough’s council has spent millions of pounds subsidizing opera tickets at a time when services for youths and toddlers were reduced. Life expectancy in the borough’s poorest areas is 20 years lower than in its richest.
Separately, a $260 million project to create a verdant pedestrian bridge across the Thames has been scrapped. Some $48 million of public money has already been spent on the project.
• Google is teaching machines to create their own art, music and even jokes.
• Europe’s heat wave has led more hotel operators to embrace air-conditioning.
• Intellectual property in China: Beijing is toughening the enforcement of some copyright protections, anticipating a day when its conglomerates become technology leaders.
• Television, on-demand and on cable, is quickly turning into a hyper-fragmented mess, our columnist writes.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• In Amsterdam, a group of prostitutes seek to set up their own brothel to gain more control over their work, and a chance to train for managerial positions. [The New York Times]
• Idlib, the main pocket of Syria held by Arab rebels, has become the largest bastion of the heavily armed local branch of Al Qaeda. [The New York Times]
• More than 500,000 Yemenis have been infected with cholera this year, and nearly 2,000 have died, the World Health Organization said. [The New York Times]
• The police in Israel detained the billionaire Beny Steinmetz for questioning in connection with an investigation into money laundering. [The New York Times]
• Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, ruled out coalition agreements before general elections next month. [Politico]
• In the U.S., a jury found that a radio host groped Taylor Swift, the pop singer, in 2013, and awarded her the $1 in compensation she had demanded. [The New York Times]
• Private companies are increasingly profiting from European efforts to secure borders and deal with the influx of migrants. [El País]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• You can rewire your brain to learn more. Above, Barbara Oakley, who created “Learning How to Learn,” the most popular course ever on Coursera.
• A green salad and a squeeze of lemon are all cod cakes need.
• The cities of England’s Premier League have so much more to offer than just soccer. Here are six locations worth exploring. Above, a cafe in Manchester.
• Game of Thrones: We asked the actor Aidan Gillen why the character he plays, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, is so evil. “It’s pathological,” he said.
• Meet Stefano Ricci, the Florence-based clothier of oligarchs and maker of $2,000 crocodile-skin baseball caps.
• There was repression behind the Iron Curtain. But it wasn’t necessarily sexual, Kristen Ghodsee, the professor and author, writes in our Red Century series. Women in Eastern Europe had better sex under socialism, she argues.
Forty years ago today, Earth received a transmission from aliens. Maybe.
Scientists are still debating a signal 30 times louder than the background noise of space that was picked up by a radio telescope at Ohio State University on Aug. 15, 1977.
A few days later, a volunteer astronomer named Jerry Ehman was reviewing a printout of data from the telescope, called Big Ear, which was scanning for alien messages.
He noticed a series of letters and numbers that represented a crescendo in the surrounding static. He circled the sequence and wrote an exclamation next to what became known as the “Wow!” signal.
The signal’s bandwidth was off-limits to human broadcasts. Even weirder, the frequency was about 1420 megahertz, the same as that emitted by hydrogen, the most common element in the universe. As such, scientists have reasoned that alien civilizations might use it to communicate.
The possible origin was narrowed to somewhere in the constellation Sagittarius, but despite many searches the noise was never heard again.
What was it? Theories include a military broadcast, a sound deflected off orbiting space junk, a malfunction, a yet-to-be-understood space phenomenon — and aliens. Scientists sent a reply to the signal in 2012, but it has — as yet — gone unanswered.
Penn Bullock contributed reporting.
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