Republican Party, Marine Le Pen, Baton Rouge: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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Above, protesters gathered before his arrival.

Earlier, the president revealed the itinerary for his first overseas trip since taking office. He’ll visit Israel, Saudi Arabia and Rome while he’s abroad later this month.

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3. Over 16 years, more people have died illegally crossing the southwestern U.S. border than from the Sept. 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina combined.

Our team in Texas visited a Texas State University lab where forensics experts analyze the remains and the belongings of migrants, who are often found without identification.

“The idea is to figure out who they are, and give them their name back,” one said.

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4. Two fatal police shootings — one that happened in Louisiana last year, the other in South Carolina in 2015 — yielded different outcomes in courts this week.

We examine why one resulted in Justice Department charges while the other did not. Above, a mural of Alton Sterling at the scene where he was killed in Baton Rouge.

And prosecutors in Texas are weighing murder charges against the police officer who was fired for fatally shooting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

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5. In Iraq, a new strategy was set in motion to recapture Mosul.

Iraqi forces opened a western front, aiming to force the Islamic State to fight in multiple directions and collapse its defenses.

The move trapped hundreds of thousands of civilians on an urban battlefield.

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5. Gaffe-prone, but grumpily endearing.

That’s one way to describe Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, whose retirement was announced by Buckingham Palace.

The news was an anticlimax after a frenzy among the news media over speculation about a royal death, including one erroneously published (and unfinished) obituary.

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6. In France, the aggressive tactics of the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Wednesday’s televised debate did not appear to go over well.

Polls had her challenger, the centrist upstart Emmanuel Macron, above, ahead by 20 points. The vote is Sunday; here’s a breakdown of where the two stand on major issues.

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7. Barack and Michelle Obama were in Chicago to unveil renderings of the Obama Presidential Center this week.

They said the $500 million stone-and-glass complex on Lake Michigan would be a different kind of presidential library, with recording studios and recreational areas.

It’s expected to be completed in 2021.

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9. Hulu, which announced this week that it is entering the live television business, will find a lot of competition there.

The company joins other new services like Sling, above, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.

Choosing a service can be overwhelming (which ones show what channels?) so we put together a guide.

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10. Finally, big news from TV land.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, announced that they’re engaged. They hadn’t disclosed their romantic relationship before.

“It was something I couldn’t deny anymore,” Ms. Brzezinski told Vanity Fair.

Have a great night.

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