Europe Edition: North Korea, Gary Cohn, Real Madrid: Your Wednesday Briefing

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The foreign secretary said that the case had “echoes” of the death of Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in 2006. (But unlike Mr. Litvinenko, Mr. Skripal kept a low profile.)

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“There is no Chaos, only great Energy!”

That was President Trump dismissing reports of turmoil in his White House. “I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection),” he wrote on Twitter, forecasting more resignations.

The latest to go is Gary Cohn, above left, the top economic adviser. Insiders told us the catalyst for the resignation was Mr. Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on metal imports. Mr. Cohn has long said that such a move could jeopardize economic growth.

Separately, the Justice Department is suing California over immigration laws that oppose Mr. Trump’s agenda. It is its boldest attack yet on the state.

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Uber revealed that its self-driving trucks have been carrying commercial cargo in the U.S. for months. (Licensed drivers have still been at the wheel, ready to take over in an emergency.)

Researchers are trying to better understand machine-made decisions, like how a self-driving truck responds to emergencies, in a new field that some call artificial neuroscience.

The vast majority of Americans expect artificial intelligence to lead to job losses in the coming decade, a new study revealed, but few workers feel personally threatened.

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In soccer news, Real Madrid eliminated Paris Saint-Germain from the Champions League. It was a humbling defeat for a team that has been constructed, at almost unimaginable cost, to win the trophy.

Separately, a match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia was the first major game on Iraqi soil since 1990. “We see something like this and finally we feel hope this situation will get better,” an Iraqi fan told us at the stadium.

And members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team have become sounding boards and guides for others fighting for pay equality. The team has a record of success at the negotiating table and on the field.

Business

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European carmakers are scrambling to produce new lines of electric, hybrid and plug-in models to meet a growing demand. Here’s our preview of the Geneva motor show, which opens to the public on Thursday.

• The U.S. inquiry into the proposed takeover of Qualcomm is part of a global fight over access to emerging technologies with national security implications. (One such technology is the next generation of wireless known as 5G.)

Should Facebook pay us for our puppy pictures? Getting companies to pay for the information they reap from people’s online lives may benefit both sides, our columnist writes.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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“I will not marry, sir. I want to study.” In India, awareness about underage marriages, and stronger responses from the authorities, have caused a decrease in the practice. (Above, a man accused of selling his teenage daughter.) [The New York Times]

Sierra Leone’s next president, to be elected today in what officials hope will be a peaceful democratic transition, faces huge economic challenges. [The New York Times]

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• A Russian military plane crashed at an air base in Syria, killing all 33 passengers and six crew members, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. [The New York Times]

Sri Lanka imposed a nationwide state of emergency after mobs of Sinhalese Buddhists attacked Muslims in a central district. [The New York Times]

Expect protests over the war in Yemen today in London as the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, visits Britain. He will visit Washington later this month. [Reuters]

President Emmanuel Macron of France pledged to increase the number of prison cells and expand the use of house arrests to tackle prison overcrowding. [Reuters]

A pornographic-film actress has filed a lawsuit, in which she claims President Trump refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement about their affair so that he could later disavow any knowledge of it. [The New York Times]

For the first time, a criminal court in Belgium convicted a man of “sexism in the public space.” It fined him 3,000 euros for verbally abusing a female police officer. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

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

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• Our columnist, who has been writing about science and health for The Times for 52 years, offers her personal secrets to lasting weight loss.

• Learn the best way to talk to teenagers about vaping. (Some countries have banned e-cigarettes.)

• Recipe of the day: Cumin-roasted salmon with a vinegary herb sauce will cure the midweek blues.

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Noteworthy

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For generations, artist-run spaces and collectives have sprung up across Copenhagen, the Danish capital. (Above, an installation at London’s Tate Modern by the Superflex collective.)

• France has assigned experts to draw up plans for the repatriation of looted African artifacts displayed in French museums.

• Olivia de Havilland, the 101-year-old Oscar-winning actress, is suing one of the most powerful companies in show business to challenge a portrayal of her.

• The Bavarian State Opera in Munich has been one of the recent success stories in classical music. Its next leaders have big shoes to fill.

Backyard gardens and other small urban green spaces can provide unexpected benefits in the fight against climate change, a new study shows.

Back Story

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This week is the anniversary of the birth of Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist, who was affectionately known as Gabo in Latin America.

Born on March 6, 1927, García Márquez defined the writing style known as magical realism, but his escapades in real life were just as noteworthy.

He started his career as a journalist, at one point enraging the Colombian dictator Gen. Gustavo Rojas Pinilla so much that García Márquez fled to Europe for two years.

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He became such close friends with Fidel Castro that he would show the Cuban leader drafts of his unpublished books.

At one point, he vowed never to write as long as the Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet remained in power (a promise that was broken long before Pinochet’s 17-year reign ended).

And after being denied a U.S. visa for more than three decades, García Márquez arrived in America for the first time in 1995, at the invitation of President Bill Clinton.

Before García Márquez died in 2014, a friend said the title of the author’s memoir summed up his life. “All his motivation is contained in that title, ‘To Live to Tell It’ — it is the pleasure of telling the story,” said the friend, Jaime Abello.

Anna Schaverien contributed reporting.

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