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Facebook’s latest fire, Tiananmen Square’s memory and another Chinese crime novel’s breakout moment. Here’s what you need to know:

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• Facebook shared vast amounts of its users’ personal information with at least 60 companies — device makers including Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade.

The scope of the partnerships, most of which remain in effect, has not been previously reported. Our reporting team shows how the partner companies could obtain data about a user’s Facebook friends, even those who blocked third-party sharing.

Facebook disputes the findings, and says its data sharing is in line with its privacy policy, federal agreements and pledges to users. (Read the company’s post here.) The company’s stock slipped on Monday.


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• In Hong Kong, tens of thousands of pro-democracy activists gathered to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, an event that goes largely unmentioned in mainland China.

The protesters have seen their numbers dwindle, from as many as 180,000 in 2014 to last year’s 110,000.

Many student organizations are unwilling to join, preferring to focus on democracy in Hong Kong rather than a massacre in mainland China. But not all students agree.

“They are letting the events that happened in Tiananmen fade,” one said.



• “They said, ‘You’re pregnant and you have to get an abortion.’”

Vikki Campion, the partner of Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s former deputy prime minister, described being pressured by members of the National Party after she became pregnant during the extramarital affair that cost Mr. Joyce, pictured above in February, his job.

Michael McCormack, who succeeded Mr. Joyce as the National Party’s leader, said he’d known nothing of the allegations and defended his colleagues.

Ms. Campion said she came close to terminating her pregnancy. She gave birth to a son, Sebastian, in April.



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• The Pentagon is undertaking a sweeping review of its Special Operations Command, as the military begins shifting its focus to growing threats from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

The new strategy, outlined by the Trump administration in January, could result in slashing counterterrorism forces in Africa by as much as half over the next three years. Above, training in Niger.

Nearly a decade ago, almost 13,000 Special Operations troops were deployed around the globe. Now, about 7,300 American commandos operate in 92 countries — many in shadow wars against terrorists in Yemen, Libya, Somalia and other hot spots.

Razan al-Najjar, 20, was trying to help an injured protester near the border fence when she was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers, witnesses say. Last month, she spoke to The Times about the challenges she faced as a female medical volunteer.Published OnJune 1, 2018CreditImage by Yousur Al-Hlou

• “Being a medic is not only a job for a man,” Razan al-Najjar, 20, said in an interview at a Gaza protest camp last month. “It’s for women, too.”

But an hour before dusk on Friday, the 10th week of the Palestinian protest campaign along the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel, Ms. Najjar ran forward in her white paramedic’s uniform for the last time.

Israeli soldiers fired two or three bullets from across the fence, according to a witness, hitting Ms. Najjar in the upper body. The Israeli military said her death would be examined.

• The Commonwealth Bank of Australia agreed to pay more than $700 million, the biggest fine in the country’s corporate history, for breaches of financial laws that resulted in millions of dollars flowing to drug gangs.

• Microsoft is buying GitHub, a software developer used by 28 million programmers. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, said the $7.5 billion deal would accelerate a transition to cloud computing and help add artificial intelligence to its applications.

• Software, software, software: Apple has kicked off its annual five-day Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, showcasing new software features and operating system updates. Here’s our live coverage.


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• Rescuers in Guatemala searched for survivors after a volcano erupted near the capital on Sunday, killing at least 33 people. The number of missing after Volcán del Fuego’s eruption was unclear. [The New York Times]

• Australia’s public service commissioner, John Lloyd, resigned after scrutiny over his involvement with a right-wing think tank. [The Guardian]

• Russia invited North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to visit just days after the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, met with him in Pyongyang. [Reuters]

• “A despicable display of sexism”: President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines came under criticism after he publicly kissed a woman on the lips at an event in South Korea. [The New York Times]

• In Thailand, the death of a whale with a belly full of plastic bags is prompting calls for the Southeast Asian nation to take action against throwaway plastics. [The New York Times]

• Human rights groups are alarmed about Indonesia’s crackdown on people who are peacefully supporting independence in the Papua region. [The New York Times]

• Tiger Woods didn’t win the 2018 Memorial Tournament. (That distinction belonged to Bryson DeChambeau.) But even in a loss, Woods showed continued improvement. [The New York Times]

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

• Gift ideas for your graduate.

• Our summer reading list of 73 books works for Australia’s winter, too.

• Recipe of the day: For a light, flavorful dinner, dress pan-seared fish and asparagus in a garlicky aioli.


The Night Market “is where people in Richmond go to eat after they have dinner.”CreditRobert Leon for The New York Times

• Zhou Haohui, 40, the author of wildly popular Chinese crime fiction, is about to see his novel “Death Notice” published in the U.S. and Britain. Our Beijing correspondent interviewed him in his hometown, Yangzhou, about why crime stories are so universal.

• And the Chinese giant salamander, the world’s largest amphibian, has slipped toward extinction in nature, even as millions are farmed in China for meat. Those released recently into the wild are genetically distinct from those that evolved there, a man-made “species.”


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Seventy-five years ago this week, the Zoot Suit riots shook Los Angeles.

American servicemen attacked Mexican-American and black men who had embraced flamboyantly draped suits, padded at the shoulder and pegged at the ankle. Known first as “killer dillers,” zoot suits had become an expression of pride in minority communities.

The military barred personnel from leaving their barracks, and the City Council voted to ban zoot suits.

A Times report that week traced the suit’s origins to Gainesville, Ga. In the years after, it came to be seen as a symbol of pride, swagger and resistance. The bandleader Cab Calloway once called it “the only totally and truly American civilian suit.”

“Zoot Suit” also became the title of a play and movie, based on the true story of a group of Latino youths unjustly convicted of murder.

Last year, we sent a photographer to shoot portraits of Angelenos at a screening of the 1982 film. Many had donned zoot suits or ‘40s-style dresses.

“When I wear a zoot suit I feel empowered, kind of like it’s a suit of armor,” said Luis Guerrero, then 25. “It’s not only honoring those in the past, but it makes you look sharp.”


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