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1. President Trump set off for Saudi Arabia, the first stop on a nine-day trip. It’s his first abroad journey as president, and he’ll additionally go to Israel, Belgium and Italy.
We reported that Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-regulation and adviser, helped negotiate a $110 billions weapons deal with the Saudis earlier than the journey.
And we discovered that Mr. Trump called the former F.B.I director, James Comey, “a real nut job” throughout his assembly with Russian officers within the Oval Workplace. A leaked doc exhibits that Mr. Trump stated firing him relieved “nice strain.”
A pal of Mr. Comey spoke to us about his strained relationship with the president on our podcast “The Daily.” He described Mr. Comey making an attempt to “mix in with the curtains” in order that Mr. Trump wouldn’t discover him throughout a White Home ceremony. The Senate Intelligence Committee stated Friday that Mr. Comey had agreed to testify publicly earlier than the panel about his position within the Russia investigation.
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2. We’re anticipating outcomes in Iran’s presidential election. Voters went to the polls to decide on between Hassan Rouhani, the average incumbent, and Ebrahim Raisi, a tough-line cleric, above.
It’s seen as a referendum on the 2015 nuclear deal, which Mr. Rouhani championed — and Mr. Raisi has criticized.
However voters advised our Tehran correspondent that the financial system and lack of freedom are the most important points for them. He went on a 550-mile roadtrip to talk to them; you possibly can see his photos and videos here.
three. Friday was the deadline to start out paying ransom to the hackers behind Wannacry, the malware attack that wreaked havoc throughout the globe final week.
However it appears that evidently few individuals — or corporations — are literally paying. Their Bitcoin account had collected solely about $ninety,000 as of Friday afternoon.
“Any ransom will solely probably result in extra assaults,” a cybersecurity professional defined. Above, computing at a espresso store in New York.
four. “The right struggle is simply commencing.” That was Julian Assange, speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London after Sweden introduced it might not pursue rape costs towards him.
He nonetheless could possibly be arrested in London for different causes if he leaves the embassy. The U.S. is reportedly weighing whether or not to convey costs towards him for his position in WikiLeaks.
His defiant feedback referred to these different authorized battles.
5. The disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner cried as he pleaded guilty to felony obscenity fees.
He admitted to sending sexually specific footage and messages to a 15-yr-previous woman in North Carolina final yr. Prosecutors advisable 21 to 27 months in jail.
“I’ve a illness,” Mr. Weiner advised the decide. “However I don’t have an excuse.”
His estranged spouse, Huma Abedin, who was a prime aide to Hillary Clinton, filed for divorce.
6. That is the story behind the primary digital-actuality stereo footage ever shot on Antarctica.
We despatched 4 journalists there to discover how the ice shelf is melting, with probably catastrophic penalties.
They took on a host of challenges, together with recording outdoors, utilizing sixteen GoPros strung collectively, when it was 25 levels under zero.
The result’s “The Antarctica Series,” which makes use of interactive maps, digital-actuality video and that previous standby, writing, to point out the dire menace posed by local weather change.
7. The nationwide board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted to fire its president and start a “systemwide refresh” to confront President Trump extra vigorously.
Cornell William Brooks, above, who led the nation’s largest civil rights group for simply three years, stated that he was “baffled” by the vote.
The appearing leaders stated they might confront the White Home on voting rights, schooling, the surroundings and felony justice. The group’s membership and donations have spiked since President Trump’s inauguration.
eight. The cupboard of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan accredited particular laws to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito, above, to abdicate.
However simply this as soon as — the measure won’t apply to future emperors of the world’s oldest continuous monarchy.
The emperor has stated he needs to provide his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, fifty seven, time to rule.
9. “Saturday Night Live” wraps up its forty second season this weekend, and it’s been a banner yr — the present had its highest scores in 20 years.
We compiled the most memorable video clips of the season, together with Alec Baldwin’s debut as President Trump, Aziz Ansari’s memorable monologue and the Kellyanne Conway “Deadly Attraction” parody that provoked a torrent of criticism.
Above, Michael Che because the NBC anchor Lester Holt, interviewing the president.
10. Lastly, “Alien: Covenant” is predicted to rule the field workplace this weekend.
Our critic says the movie upholds its long-lived brand, parceling out rigorously measured parts of awe, marvel and terror.
Katherine Waterston, above, stars together with Michael Fassbender.
Have a fantastic weekend.
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