Manchester, NATO, Barack Obama: Your Friday Briefing

The New York Times defended its decision to publish crime scene photographs and an analysis of the bomb: “Our coverage of Monday’s horrific attack has been both comprehensive and responsible.”

Here’s our independent public editor’s take on the editorial decision.

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In Brussels, Mr. Trump again backed away from endorsing NATO’s mutual defense policy.

Instead, he publicly lectured European leaders on what he called their “chronic underpayments” to the alliance. And he appeared to push aside the prime minister of Montenegro.

“America First,” an analyst on a German news broadcast remarked, risked turning into “America Alone.” The rock-star welcome former President Barack Obama received in Berlin the same day was a study in contrasts.

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• President Emmanuel Macron of France stood his ground in his first meeting with Mr. Trump. They shook hands until knuckles turned white.

And Mr. Macron, along with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, confronted Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, over nationals from their countries who had been detained in Mr. Erdogan’s crackdown on critics.

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• The next stop on Mr. Trump’s tour is Taormina, the Sicilian playground for aging playboys and affluent Russians, for the G-7 summit meeting.

Our Rome bureau chief headed there early to gauge the mood and meet a man who said he was the president of Mr. Trump’s Sicilian fan club.

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