On the campaign trail, Ms. May said she would curtail human rights laws if they hindered the fight against terrorism.

Britain remains deeply split a year after the “Brexit” referendum, with growing regional resentment and a dissonance between old and young voters.

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President Trump took credit for prompting Saudi Arabia and four other nations to break ties with Qatar, a critical U.S. military and intelligence partner.

Mr. Trump, on Twitter, accused Qatar of funding radical groups and seemed optimistic about the outcome: “Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!”

Germany’s foreign minister warned that “Trumpization” in the region could spur a new arms race. Kuwait and Turkey offered to mediate the Qatar dispute.

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U.S.-backed forces began their assault on the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate.

A Syrian boy whose photo was widely shared last year is in the news again. Little Omran Daqneesh seems to be part of a public-relations campaign by the government.

Above, a map of Afghanistan shows how the Islamic State (in red) and the Taliban have increased their foothold.

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• Top U.S. intelligence officials and Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, are expected to be quizzed today at Senate committee hearings about investigations into Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Tomorrow, James B. Comey, above, the F.B.I. director fired by Mr. Trump, will testify in another widely anticipated hearing. We’ve just learned that Mr. Comey asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to leave him alone with President Trump.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, defended his continued use of Twitter, despite pleas from his own staff to cut back. And Twitter users the president blocked say they have the constitutional right to be unblocked.

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• The five villages that make up Cinque Terre in Italy are famous for their picturesque clusters of homes that seem to cling to steep seaside cliffs.

Young people are countering their decay, learning how to rebuild the centuries-old system of landscape terracing that allows this improbable place to exist.

And our Rome bureau chief reflects on moving back to the Eternal City after some dozen years. “It struck me as a masterpiece obscured by smudged glass,” he writes.

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• Tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg are remaking the very nature of schooling. “They have the power to change policy, but no corresponding check on that power,” a critic says.

In Spain, Banco Santander said it bought Banco Popular, its struggling competitor, for the nominal price of one euro.

• That stranger on Instagram who said the photo of your dinner was “spectacular”? It could be a marketing bot.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

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• In France, the party of President Emmanuel Macron is poised to win the biggest parliamentary majority since Charles de Gaulle’s 1968 landslide, polls suggest. [Reuters]

We are looking into reports of attacks in Tehran, at Iran’s Parliament building and the tomb of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Check back for updates. [The New York Times]

• Italy’s Parliament debates a law that could pave the way for early elections in the fall. [Politico /La Repubblica]

• The European Union is set to unveil its joint defense fund to cover shared military expenses. [Handelsblatt]

• As China begins to take a lead role on climate change, President Xi Jinping met with California’s governor, Jerry Brown, who is a critic of President Trump. [The New York Times]

• An American aid coordinator kidnapped two years ago in Yemen was clandestinely helping the U.S. military. The arrangement risks casting suspicion on other aid workers. [The New York Times]

• We remember two very different men: Alois Mock, the former Austrian foreign minister who literally helped tear down the Iron Curtain, died at 82. And Adnan Khashoggi, the flamboyant Saudi arms trader, died at 81.

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• Recipe of the day: Grill up some apricots to toss in an arugula salad.

• Don’t expect a lightning strike of inspiration today. Take the artist Chuck Close’s advice: “Show up and get to work.”

Running is socially contagious.

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• Behold our magazine’s first-ever all-comics issue, with 12 real-life tales of New York City.

• French Open: Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko advanced to face each other in a semifinal. Here is today’s star-studded schedule.

• Ball courts and cages in London are a hotbed of soccer talent and could change how England plays the game.

• Relax. Don’t succumb to road rage. We asked long-haul truck drivers what they would like to tell motorists, and they had lots to say.

• Fashion designers say pairing black socks and shorts is becoming acceptable. This writer disagrees.

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The French Open is in full swing — and virtually every story about the tournament includes reference to a man who had little to do with tennis.

That’s Roland Garros, the French war hero after whom the tournament’s main Paris tennis stadium is named.

In 1913, he became the first person to fly across the Mediterranean. During World War I, he was a pioneer of air warfare, shooting down four enemy planes with a forward-firing machine gun that shot between the propeller blades.

Garros was captured in 1915 and spent three years as a prisoner, escaping after arranging for a map of Germany to be delivered in the hollow handle of a tennis racket. According to Michaël Guittard, head of collections at the French Tennis Federation, the escape “was nothing short of an adventure movie.”

In an interview with The Times back in France in 1918, Garros said, “Of course I am going back to the front.”

Garros was killed when his plane was shot down a few months later, a day before his 30th birthday.

A decade later, a tennis stadium was constructed in Paris by Émile Lesieur, who insisted it be named after Garros, his wartime friend.

Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.

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Correction: June 7, 2017

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this briefing misattributed a distinction to Roland Garros, the French war hero. While his plane was fitted with a device that allowed a machine gun to be fired through the arc of the propeller, he did not invent the device.

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