Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Ariana Grande: Your Wednesday Briefing

But ethical questions surrounding two of his ministers could test his pledge to run a clean government. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said he was “perfectly conscious of the exasperation of the French.”

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• The U.S. began delivering weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters as they closed in on Raqqa, the Islamic State stronghold. The decision infuriated Turkey, a NATO ally.

The two attacks that shook Baghdad yesterday, one of which killed children out at an ice-cream parlor, above, created wrenching scenes reminiscent of those in Manchester, England, last week.

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• Ariana Grande, meanwhile, plans to perform again in Manchester on Sunday, almost two weeks after the concert where a bomber killed 22 people and wounded dozens more.

The 23-year-old singer will be joined by a medley of pop stars, including Justin Bieber and Coldplay.

“Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together,” Ms. Grande wrote in a note to fans.

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• An antiterrorism ad featuring a suicide bomber, released just ahead of Ramadan, has led to impassioned debates across the Middle East. While some said it failed to address the deeper causes of such violence, others praised its positive message.

Fasting can be difficult during the Muslim holy month, but it’s an act of devotion during a time filled with charity and festive gatherings. Our food writer asked some home cooks about their most cherished recipes for Ramadan.

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