Republican Party, Wimbledon, ‘Game of Thrones’: Your Monday Briefing

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.

The small country with a welcome-all attitude has become the freewheeling hub of the Middle East. But that’s precisely what has plunged the region into one of its most dramatic showdowns.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

Today we discuss Kris Kobach’s quest to fight voter fraud.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

Business

• Big pharma has been spending on share buybacks and dividends, but research and development? Not so much.

• After the death of a Silicon Valley lawyer, his ex-wife found a web of drug abuse in his profession.

In urban China, cash is rapidly becoming obsolete.

The Dow and the S.&P. 500 closed at record highs on Friday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

• Items under $50 that might improve your life, and more, in our weekly newsletter.

• Saving for college? Here’s what you need to know.

• A quick dinner need not lack flavor. Try shrimp in yellow curry.

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.

• “Game of Thrones” is back. Read our review of the season premiere, and sign up here for exclusive interviews and explainers.

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones.” Credit Helen Sloan/HBO

Separately, “Doctor Who” is breaking the mold with a female lead.

• “War for the Planet of the Apes” was No. 1 at the North American box office, taking in $56.5 million.

Noteworthy

Taking flight in Peru.

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Paraglide Over Peru in 360

Take a ride in 360 degrees with the paraglider Ricardo Mares, who is a regular over Lima’s cliffs.

By KASSIE BRACKEN, VEDA SHASTRI and SAMANTHA QUICK on Publish Date July 17, 2017. Photo by Kassie Bracken/The New York Times. Technology by Samsung.. Watch in Times Video »

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.

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Members of an Iraqi government-sponsored militia near the border with Syria in June. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Turning the corner.

As the U.S. prison population drops and the number of parolees increases, a Connecticut man learns that getting out of jail isn’t the same as being free.

• Eight and counting.

Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic to win an eighth Wimbledon singles title, a record in the men’s tournament.

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!

Did you keep up with last week’s news from around the world? Test your knowledge.

• 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.

Back Story

Sixty-two years ago, the first Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif., on what had once been an orange grove. Walt Disney himself greeted the very first of that day’s estimated 15,000 guests.

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.”

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The Shanghai Disney Resort opened last year. Its storybook castle is the largest and, at 197 feet, the tallest that Disney has ever built. Credit Aly Song/Reuters

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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