Saudi Arabia, Theresa May, Elena Ferrante: Your Friday Briefing

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U.S. officials described the action as a protective response, rather than a military escalation.

Above, residents walked through rubble in the once popular resort town of Zabadani yesterday.

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Trump on Special Counsel: ‘It Divides the Country’

President Trump said there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians, when asked about the appointment of a special counsel to investigate ties with Russia.


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“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

That was Mr. Trump’s reaction to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate ties between his presidential campaign and Russia. He denied any collusion, adding: “I can only speak for myself.”

We explore the many attempts Mr. Trump made to build a personal relationship with James Comey, whom he later ousted as the director of the F.B.I., including an awkward hug.

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• In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May wooed Labour voters in her party’s election manifesto.

She also recommitted to a target of keeping net immigration below 100,000 a year, which many consider unrealistic.

Here’s how the three main parties’ manifestoes compare ahead of the June 8 vote.

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• In France, Marine Le Pen, the…

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