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We’re masking the tensions with Iran, a $282 million tremendous for Walmart, and the N.B.A. draft.
President Trump orders, then calls off, Iran strikes
A navy operation to retaliate for the downing of an American surveillance drone by Iran was called off in its early stages on Thursday.
It was unclear what prompted the president’s reversal or whether the attacks might still go forward. The decision to pull back comes after a week of increasing tensions, with officials in both countries trading accusations about where the drone was when it was destroyed on Thursday by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
Closer look: Mr. Trump said the aircraft had been over international waters, while Iran said it had strayed into its airspace. Here’s a map of the disputed locations.
News analysis: Mr. Trump has alternated between threatening America’s enemies and promising to get the U.S. out of foreign conflicts. He may now have to choose, our chief White House correspondent writes.
Related: The Senate voted to block a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The vote came after the Trump administration tried to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran.
Walmart pleads guilty after a decade of bribes
The retail giant has agreed to pay $282 million in fines as part of a settlement announced on Thursday. U.S. officials had accused Walmart of using middlemen to make questionable payments around the globe in order to open new stores.
The investigation was one of the biggest under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal for American corporations to bribe overseas officials.
Background: The investigation came after The Times revealed in 2012 that Walmart had made suspicious payments to officials in Mexico and tried to conceal them from company executives.
Unrest nudged Hong Kong’s tycoons to defy Beijing
Before protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong over a contentious extradition bill, business titans who have prospered in the global financial center received a warning from Beijing: Keep your concerns to yourself. But the public defiance that forced the government to suspend the bill indefinitely also gave business leaders cover to speak out.
Related: Protesters returned to the streets today in an effort to pressure Hong Kong’s leader to withdraw the extradition bill entirely.
See for yourself: Recent demonstrations involved hundreds of thousands of people. The Times pieced together images that help show the enormous scale of the protest.
Investors reshape the housing market
For decades, most buyers of single-family homes were people who wanted to live in them. That changed after the Great Recession, as investors moved in. In the hottest real estate markets, they bought as much as a quarter of all single-family homes last year.
We visited a neighborhood in southwestern Atlanta, where gentrification is being spurred by an industry that promotes investment in a dwindling supply of affordable housing. It’s a story playing out around the country.
Quotable: Fatou Ceesay has been trying to buy a home in the area for two years, with a budget of $350,000. “Every once in a while I do just give up and say this is not going to happen, I’m not going to find a place,” she said. “But I’m still looking.”
If you have 20 minutes, this is worth it
Judge Judy is still judging you
At least five days a week for the past 23 years, Judith Sheindlin has appeared on TV, where nearly 10 million Americans watch her each day.
Here’s what else is happening
Marijuana in New York: State lawmakers have agreed to further decriminalize possession of the drug and automatically expunge many low-level convictions.
U.K. leadership fight narrows: Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, finished second in a vote among Conservative lawmakers, keeping him in the race against Boris Johnson to become Britain’s next prime minister.
Roy Moore tries again: Mr. Moore, the Alabama Republican who lost a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct, said that he would run next year. Many Republicans, including President Trump, oppose his plans.
Snapshot: Above, Julia Hawkins, 103, who ran the 50- and 100-meter dash races in the National Senior Games in Albuquerque this week. Her life advice? Look for “magic moments” — like sunsets, sunrises, rainbows, beautiful birds, music and people’s “lovely comments.”
Women’s World Cup: The U.S. beat Sweden, 2-0, and will face Spain on Monday in the knockout round.
N.B.A. draft: As expected, Duke’s Zion Williamson was selected first by the New Orleans Pelicans. Here’s a look at every first-round pick.
News quiz: Did you follow the headlines this week? Test yourself.
Modern Love: In this week’s column, a woman whose heart was broken turns to a tarot card reader.
Late-night comedy: The hosts noted the differing accounts of a downed U.S. drone: “Who are you going to believe, Iran or the U.S. government … is a question that used to be really easy to answer,” Stephen Colbert said.
What we’re reading: This article in National Geographic. Lynda Richardson, a Travel editor, calls it “a haunting and timely piece, on the heels of the House hearing on reparations, about the discovery in Alabama of the last known American slave ship.” The accompanying video has rare footage of some of the enslaved it carried, who lived into the 20th century.
Now, a break from the news
Cook: Slather sweet potatoes with tahini butter mixed with soy sauce.
Go: The memoir “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” by The Times Opinion columnist Charles Blow, has been adapted into a bold and affecting opera. It’s playing at the Opera Theater of St. Louis.
Watch: “Toy Story 4” is exactly what you’d expect from an estimably well-oiled machine like Pixar, our critic writes.
Read: Five novels from Europe are among the nine new books we recommend this week.
Smarter Living: The chance of encountering bedbugs in any given hotel room is “pretty darn unlikely,” according to one expert, but we have tips on how to check and what to do if you find the bloodsuckers. Pull back the sheets and look closely, particularly near the headboard. The bugs are flat, slightly teardrop-shaped and visible to the naked eye, so you can rest easy if you don’t find any after a cursory inspection.
And a growing amount of research reveals how unfavorable workplaces can be for women. We have tips on how to fight bias.
And now for the Back Story on …
A seasonal moment
Grab your crystals, everyone: The solstice is here.
It’s the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the period when the region is most tilted toward the sun. The opposite is happening in the Southern Hemisphere.
Jenna Wortham, the host of The Instances’s “Nonetheless Processing” podcast, says the solstice “is an invite to lean into the sunshine and awaken the attention that lives within us all.” How?
Your Again Story author at the moment is a communications director at The Instances, and in addition a yoga teacher. So, after all, I like to recommend a number of postures.
Because it occurs, the United Nations has declared at the moment the Worldwide Day of Yoga, so I invite you to search for on the sky and think about our connection to the universe. The phrase yoga, in any case, means “union” in Sanskrit.
You are able to do an abbreviated solar salutation by inhaling and reaching each arms straight as much as the sky, then exhaling, bending on the waist and bowing ahead. Or strive the total model.
Whichever you select, namaste — that means the instructor in me salutes the instructor in you.
That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.
Inyoung Kang, an everyday contributor to the Morning Briefing group in London for the previous few months, is returning to New York, and we’re going to overlook her. Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford supplied the break from the information. Ari Isaacman Bevacqua wrote at the moment’s Again Story. You may attain us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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