We profiled two others at that meeting: Rinat Akhmetshin, who has shown himself to be skilled in opposition research, and Aras Agalarov, a Russian property developer known as a fixer for the Kremlin’s toughest jobs.
Our reporters also investigated a $17 million payment to Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, from a Kremlin-linked political party in Ukraine.
• Skidding off the rails.
Before Cosmo DiNardo confessed to killing four young men in Bucks County, Pa., there were signs of a volatile, bullying personality getting worse over time.
• Iran sentences U.S. student to 10 years.
Xiyue Wang, a graduate student at Princeton, was sentenced on spying charges, an action bound to aggravate relations between the two countries.
• Qatar’s open doors sow resentment.
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Over the Weekend
• Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, marched to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s failed coup.
• Columbia University settled with a student who was cast as a rapist in a performance art piece involving a mattress.
Separately, “Doctor Who” is breaking the mold with a female lead.
• Taking flight in Peru.
In today’s 360 video, soar with a paraglider over Lima’s cliffs.
• A hefty toll.
The U.S. spent more than $1 trillion and lost about 4,500 service members in Iraq. Today, Iran’s influence there is paramount, our correspondent writes.
• Turning the corner.
• Eight and counting.
Garbiñe Muguruza took the women’s title, crushing the hopes of Venus Williams.
• In memoriam.
Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman and only Iranian to win a Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, died of breast cancer at 40.
• Quiz time!
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• Quotation of the day.
“That thumb I have left helps me a lot. I thank God for it.”
Razak Iyal, a Ghanaian who lost every finger and his left thumb to frostbite when he and a fellow refugee walked across the U.S.-Canada border in December.
The opening was covered on television on a par with “the dedication of a national shrine,” The Times wrote, and later explained the appeal: “Children see their old friends from nursery songs and fairy tales impersonated by local characters.”
Perhaps the best-known of those childhood friends, Mickey Mouse, turns 90 next year.
The Mickey phenomenon first swept across the world during the Great Depression. Some reacted with skepticism, some countries banned it, but most found solace in the story of an irreverent mouse.
“Perhaps it is the bitterness of the struggle to earn a living in Europe this year that has brought Mickey Mouse such tremendous success — Mickey who is forever gay, Mickey who is only made of ink and cannot possibly be hungry, cold or weary,” read a report from Germany in 1931.
And the character’s popularity endures. When the latest major Disney theme park opened last year in Shanghai, mouse ears were one of the biggest sellers.
Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.
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