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Europe Edition: Egypt, Peru, Liberia: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Atul Loke for The New York Times • India is “sitting on a volcano” of diabetes. A father’s effort to ban junk food sales in and near schools aims to change what children eat. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • The Kremlin is clearly afraid of Aleksei Navalny, the Russian anticorruption activist, but it is unclear exactly what it fears, our correspondent writes. [The New York Times] • Ukraine’s military and Russian-backed separatists are expected today to conduct the first major prisoner exchange in more than a year. [RFE/RL] • In Romania, the governing Social Democrats have revived efforts to decriminalize some corruption offenses amid a series of measures that critics say undermine the rule of law. [Reuters] • Chess diplomacy: Saudi Arabia blocked Israeli players from participating in the world championship in Riyadh. [The New York Times] • New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has taken 100 actions against the White House and congressional Republicans so far, over issues like birth control, environmental rules and the travel ban. [The New York Times] Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life. […]

Paul Manafort’s Ambition Set the Stage for His Downfall

“He could have kept running campaigns for the Yanukovychs of the world, and nobody would have cared,” said Hector T. Hoyos, one of Mr. Manafort’s closest friends and business partners. “But he took on the Trump campaign because he believed that the country was going down the wrong path, and he wanted to make a difference,” Mr. Hoyos said of Mr. Manafort, who is the godfather of Mr. Hoyos’s daughter.Had things not gone south, Mr. […]

With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller’s Inquiry Sets a Tone

A spokesman for Mr. Mueller declined to comment. Lawyers and a spokesman for Mr. Manafort also declined to comment.Few people can upend Washington like a federal prosecutor rooting around a presidential administration, and Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director, is known to dislike meandering investigations that languish for years […]

U.S. Troops Train in Eastern Europe to Echoes of the Cold War

With that in mind, top American planners and intelligence officials are closely watching Russian operations in Crimea, eastern Ukraine, and Syria, all proving grounds for new Russian tactics and weaponry. Young American Army officers are once again using flash cards — or the digital equivalent — to study the structure and abilities of Russian Army units, just as American officers did with earlier generations of Russian forces and weaponry in the 1970s and 1980s.Continue reading the main storyThe Army’s training centers in California, Louisiana and Germany are now including more scenarios that replicate Russian forces, even if scenario planners there, and here, are careful to give the opposing forces fictitious names to avoid ruffling diplomatic feathers even more between Washington and Moscow.The United States Army’s presence in Europe is a far cry from the height of the Cold War, 30,000 soldiers now compared with 300,000 then, General Hodges said. For that reason, the general is putting heavy emphasis on the “speed of assembly” — how quickly troops and their equipment can move hundreds of miles and be prepared to fight at a moment’s notice.The $40 million exercise here, called Saber Guardian, the largest in Europe this year, included driving more than 1,000 troops and hundreds of vehicles about 1,200 miles across Europe, the equivalent of going from St. Louis to Miami. Hundreds of allied troops — including American soldiers with faces painted in green and black camouflage — and their 60-ton tanks crossed the Danube River on temporary bridges, fending off mock attacks on the other side.Continue reading the main story […]

Huge Manafort Payment Reflects Murky Ukraine Politics

Mr. Yanukovych was driven from office in the Maidan Revolution of 2014, after having stolen, according to the current Ukrainian government, at least $1 billion. In the years before his fall, Mr. Manafort took lavish payments to burnish the image of Mr. Yanukovych and the Party of Regions in Washington, even as the party acknowledged only very modest spending.Continue reading the main storyIn 2012, for example, the party reported annual expenses of about $11.1 million, based on the exchange rate at the time, excluding overhead. For the same year, Mr. Manafort reported income of $12.1 million from the party, the Justice Department filing shows.In 2013, the Party of Regions reported expenses of $3.7 million, while Mr. Manafort reported receiving payments of $4.5 million.Handwritten ledgers that surfaced last year indicated that the party had actually spent about $2 billion over the past decade or so, much or most of it illegally. […]

Excerpts From Trump’s Conversation With Journalists on Air Force One

9:15 P.M. EDTOn the visit to France:Q When were you last in Paris? When were you last in France?THE PRESIDENT: So I was asked to go by the President, who I get along with very well, despite a lot of fake news. You know, I actually have a very good relationship with all of the people at the G20. And he called me, he said, would you come, it’s Bastille Day — 100 years since World War I. And I said, that’s big deal, 100 years since World War I. SO we’re going to go, I think we’re going to have a great time, and we’re going to do something good. And he’s doing a good job. He’s doing a good job as President.Continue reading the main storyOn North Korea, China, and trade:THE PRESIDENT: A big thing we have with China was, if they could help us with North Korea, that would be great. […]

Aides’ Biggest Worry on Trump’s Europe Trip: A Meeting With Putin

Mr. Trump himself is not troubled by the meeting. He has told aides he is more annoyed by the prospect of being scolded by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and other leaders for pulling out of the Paris climate accords and for his hard line on immigration.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyGet the Morning Briefing by EmailWhat you need to know to start your day, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred […]