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Europe fires back at Trump, Facebook faces new scrutiny and French cheese connoisseurs cry foul. Here’s the latest:
• Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, plans to meet with members of the European Parliament soon, highlighting the breadth of the international concern over the company’s use of personal data.
At the top of the agenda: the social network’s failure to prevent the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica from harvesting data without users’ consent. “Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation,” the European Parliament’s president said.
And if Mr. Zuckerberg doesn’t know who Helen Dixon is, he will soon. As Ireland’s data protection commissioner, she is set to gain vast new authority to investigate and fine Facebook and other technology giants after Europe’s sweeping new data-privacy law goes into effect next week.
• Code name: Crossfire Hurricane.
The Russia investigation began with a top-secret F.B.I. mission to London to interview the Australian ambassador.
President Trump has dismissed it as a “witch hunt” — but the F.B.I. repeatedly took steps that benefited him. Above, the F.B.I. headquarters in Washington.
And a Senate panel released thousands of pages of documents on the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and a self-described Kremlin informant.
Also on Wednesday: Mr. Trump released his financial disclosure documents, which revealed that he paid more than $100,000 to his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for an unspecified reimbursement. Mr. Cohen paid $130,000 to the adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, who claims she had an affair with Mr. Trump.
• A Dutch art dealer said he has discovered a new Rembrandt painting, above. If he’s right, the work would be the first wholly unknown Rembrandt painting to be attributed in 44 years. [The New York Times]
• President Trump called some undocumented immigrants “animals” in a lengthy diatribe before TV cameras, warning that dangerous people were clamoring to breach U.S. borders and castigating Mexico. [The New York Times]
• A Berlin museum returned artifacts to indigenous communities in Alaska after officials determined they had been taken from a burial site in the 1880s. [The New York Times]
• Amnesty International accused European countries of sharing responsibility for hundreds of migrants intercepted by the Libyan authorities and sent to “squalid detention centers.” [Associated Press]
• Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500 million to victims of the physician Larry Nassar, who sexually abused more than 300 young women. [The New York Times]
• The longtime Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been pardoned and will return to politics after his alliance’s election victory. [The New York Times]
• Lars von Trier returned to the Cannes Film Festival with a new movie — and a new scandal — after being banned in 2011 for making comments sympathetic to Nazis. [The New York Times]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
Just after the “Seinfeld” finale began, on May 14, 1998, a 911 call came from Frank Sinatra’s home in Beverly Hills.
The singer’s daughter Nancy lived five blocks away and, like more than 76 million other people, she was watching the NBC sitcom end after nine seasons. She told “Entertainment Tonight” that she’d planned on visiting her father but didn’t because she was engrossed in the farewell to Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer, above.
“Seinfeld” owned the 9 p.m. slot for NBC. The call to 911 was answered at 9:14 p.m., The New York Daily News reported, and an ambulance arrived in just four minutes. The streets of Los Angeles were nearly empty thanks to the show’s popularity, the fire department said.
“Now,” she said, “I know that in order to live a happy life you’re supposed to let go of your anger and move on.”
Robb Todd wrote today’s Back Story.
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