• Entertainment venues, standard “soft targets” for terrorists, have increased security measures in recent years, but this bombing highlighted the dangers that still exist along the perimeters of concert arenas.
Many readers reacted with shock, but also with resilience. “The proper civil response, however, is not to reply with hatred and alienation,” one wrote. And fans rallied behind Ariana Grande with the hashtag #ThisIsNotYourFaultAriana.
The novelist Howard Jacobson, a Manchester native, reflected on the terrible events: “All is sorrow, but we still have kindness and pity.”
• “I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are.”
President Trump used the playground epithet to describe people like the Manchester assailant in condemning the attack. It is likely to figure prominently in upcoming conversations in Europe as he continues his first overseas trip in office after leaving the Middle East.
He is in Rome today for a meeting with Pope Francis and the Italian president. He will then head to Brussels for talks with European Union officials and NATO leaders.
Expectations there are low, but the gatherings provide an opportunity for Europeans to win Mr. Trump’s favor. Among NATO allies, Mr. Trump plans to raise the issue of possible troop increases in Afghanistan.
• Our reporter was granted rare access to the American-led command center that oversees air operations in Syria against the Islamic State.
He described the perils of dealing with a crowded airspace and a complex web of alliances.
Separately, the Pentagon said a Navy SEAL team killed seven militants in a raid on a compound associated with Al Qaeda in Yemen.
• Roger Moore, the smooth British actor who brought tongue-in-cheek humor to the James Bond persona in seven films, died in Switzerland. He was 89.
Mr. Moore, who at 46 was the oldest actor to take up the role, had its longest run. For our critic, Mr. Moore was the best Bond.
“He was an ironist and a professional, and as such a pretty good role model for post-’60s preadolescents.”
• Rough patch for carmakers: German prosecutors searched the offices of Daimler as part of an investigation into the evasion of emissions rules. And the U.S. government sued Fiat Chrysler, accusing it of manipulating emissions tests.
• Amazon wants to connect its voice-command technology with Ikea lighting products.
• In Dakar, the Senegalese capital, our correspondent asked Chinese traders what led them to leave home, and often their families. “I realized that China had lots of stuff and the people here needed stuff, so it was a good match,” one said.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• John O. Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., offered the fullest public account yet of how the federal investigation into Russian election meddling began. [The New York Times]
• In Montenegro, two members of the opposition and a medley of Serbian nationalists are among the 14 people standing trial over a reported coup attempt last year. [Politico]
• In Bahrain, the police clashed with supporters of a prominent Shiite cleric facing deportation. At least five people were killed. [Associated Press]
• At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers warn, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted. [The New York Times]
• The Spanish police arrested a former president of F.C. Barcelona as part of an inquiry into money laundering and kickbacks. [The New York Times]
• A victory by Google software over the world’s best player of Go, the board game, demonstrates how artificial intelligence can increasingly outperform humans. [The New York Times]
• Recipe of the day: Skip delivery and make pizza margherita at home.
• Pediatricians warn that many parents wrongly believe that fruit juice is good for children in the first year of life.
• There is nothing regrettable in having regrets in the first place.
• Get thee to Munich! That is our opera critic’s appeal to Wagner fans in his review of a performance of “Tannhäuser” at the Bavarian State Opera. He liked it so much, we translated his review into German.
• Soccer: The Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax this evening will open with a minute of silence for the victims of Monday’s bombing.
• We look at the ways in which food has been photographed for over a century.
• People just aren’t built to live in the moment. What best distinguishes human beings from other animals is our foresight, as scientists are just beginning to recognize.
President Trump is scheduled to visit the Vatican today, where he will meet Francis, a pope who has expressed reservations over some of the president’s policies.
But meeting the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has been a tradition for American presidents, no matter their political differences.
Every United States leader since Dwight Eisenhower, above, has met the pope during his presidency. George W. Bush had six such meetings (with John Paul II and Benedict XVI), and Barack Obama three.
The first sitting American president to meet a pope was Woodrow Wilson, nearly a century ago.
The meeting with Benedict XV on Jan. 4, 1919, came as the president toured Europe after the end of World War I.
The New York Times reported on the historic meeting on its front page:
“The thousands gathered along the streets cheered and waved their hats when the automobile passed,” the report from Rome read, describing Wilson’s cortege. “A continuous shower of flowers fell upon the President, while cries of ‘Viva America!’ rose above the tumult.”
The two leaders conferred for about 20 minutes. From a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Wilson then waved his hat to greet the “mass of cheering people.”
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