“There will be rather weak political opposition within the Parliament, but we are going to face it on the street, on the social networks, outside of institutions,” one historian said.
• Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, got a generally positive reception at a meeting of Conservative lawmakers, where she took the blame for the party’s setback at the polls last week.
But signs that the Queen’s Speech next week, which lays out the government’s legislative agenda, might be delayed suggest that her position is not secure.
Mrs. May heads to Paris today to meet with Mr. Macron, just days before negotiations on Britain’s departure from the European Union are set to begin.
• New measures to force tech companies to reduce the spread of extremist messages on social media are on the agenda for Mrs. May’s and Mr. Macron’s talks.
They are also expected to attend a friendly soccer match between England and France, where the teams and fans will pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. Above, the French team training yesterday.
Meanwhile, American officials are struggling to figure out how to defeat the Islamic State’s relatively low-tech militants in cyberspace.
• President Trump held what our reporter called a “highly unusual” public cabinet meeting. He declared himself one of the most productive presidents in American history, then basked in adulatory statements from each senior adviser at the table.
The administration faces new legal troubles. A second federal appeals court ruled against the president’s revised travel ban. And the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit claiming that Mr. Trump’s business dealings are unconstitutional.
The president is said to be considering firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating his campaign’s possible ties to Russia. Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify to a Senate committee about his connections to the investigation.
• “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, above, the transgender former Army specialist who was recently freed after years of imprisonment for sharing military and diplomatic documents with WikiLeaks.
• General Electric’s chairman and chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, above, is stepping down after a 16-year run.
• A slump in tech stocks: Shares of Netflix, Apple and other bellwether companies have taken an uncharacteristic dip.
• In other 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.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Ukraine said seven soldiers had been killed since Saturday in an uptick in fighting with Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region. [Kyiv Post]
• Finland’s prime minister wants to form a new government. He said he could no longer govern with the True Finns party, a nationalist junior partner, after it chose a new far-right leader. [Yle]
• Hungary’s lawmakers are set to vote today on a law regulating nongovernmental organizations, which critics say seeks to stifle independent groups. [Agence France-Presse]
• Trans-Atlantic differences over climate change did not narrow at a meeting of environmental ministers. Fledgling German efforts to build a united front against the U.S. reveal Berlin’s relative weakness. [Der Spiegel]
• A Doha businessman is flying thousands of cows into Qatar to restore milk supplies amid an embargo by the emirate’s neighbors. [Bloomberg]
• More than 10 percent of the world’s population is obese, according to a new study. Broadly, obesity was found to be spreading fastest in Latin America, Africa and China. [The New York Times]
• What will manners be like in the office of the future? Co-working spaces, those offices peopled by freelancers or workers with different employers, offer a clue.
• Spending more could offer you a bigger return than saving.
• Recipe of the day: Embrace the sweet and the savory with stir-fried pork and pineapple.
• In New York City, a production of “Julius Caesar” depicting the assassination of a Trump-like leader has set off a debate about political art.
• In “The Putin Interviews,” a series of conversations with the Russian president, the filmmaker Oliver Stone tries to challenge American triumphalism about the Cold War.
• London Men’s Fashion Week: Our top picks include the work of Craig Green, who said he was inspired by notions of “utopia, heaven, paradise — ideas of escape.”
• And this week marks 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated 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 or not the inevitable sequels follow the original tale, 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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