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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. President Trump set off for Saudi Arabia, the first stop on a nine-day trip. It’s his first overseas travel as president, and he’ll also visit Israel, Belgium and Italy.
We reported that Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, helped negotiate a $110 billions weapons deal with the Saudis before the trip.
And we learned that Mr. Trump called the former F.B.I director, James Comey, “a real nut job” during his meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office. A leaked document shows that Mr. Trump said firing him relieved “great pressure.”
A friend of Mr. Comey spoke to us about his strained relationship with the president on our podcast “The Daily.” He described Mr. Comey trying to “blend in with the curtains” so that Mr. Trump wouldn’t notice him during a White House ceremony.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with the Comey-Trump story, you’re not alone. We made a timeline to help.
2. We’re watching for results in Iran’s presidential election. Voters went to the polls to choose between Hassan Rouhani, the moderate incumbent, and Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line cleric, above.
It’s seen as a referendum on the 2015 nuclear deal, which Mr. Rouhani championed — and Mr. Raisi has criticized.
But voters told our Tehran correspondent that the economy and lack of freedom are the biggest issues for them. He went on a 550-mile roadtrip to speak to them; you can see his photos and videos here.
3. Friday was the deadline to start paying ransom to the hackers behind Wannacry, the malware attack that wreaked havoc across the globe last week.
But it seems that few people — or companies — are actually paying. Their Bitcoin account had collected only about $90,000 as of Friday afternoon.
“Any ransom will only likely lead to more attacks,” a cybersecurity expert explained. Above, computing at a coffee shop in New York.
4. “The proper war is just commencing.” That was Julian Assange, speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London after Sweden announced it would no longer pursue rape charges against him.
He still could be arrested in London for other reasons if he leaves the embassy. The U.S. is reportedly weighing whether to bring charges against him for his role in WikiLeaks.
His defiant comments referred to those other legal battles.
5. The disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner cried as he pleaded guilty to felony obscenity charges.
He admitted to sending sexually explicit pictures and messages to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina last year. Prosecutors recommended 21 to 27 months in prison.
“I have a sickness,” Mr. Weiner told the judge. “But I do not have an excuse.”
6. This is the story behind the first virtual-reality stereo footage ever shot on Antarctica.
We sent four journalists there to explore how the ice shelf is melting, with potentially catastrophic consequences.
They took on a host of challenges, including recording outside, using 16 GoPros strung together, when it was 25 degrees below zero.
The result is “The Antarctica Series,” which uses interactive maps, virtual-reality video and that old standby, writing, to show the dire threat posed by climate change.
7. The national board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted to fire its president and begin a “systemwide refresh” to confront President Trump more vigorously.
Cornell William Brooks, above, who led the nation’s largest civil rights group for just three years, said that he was “baffled” by the vote.
The acting leaders said they would confront the White House on voting rights, education, the environment and criminal justice. The group’s membership and donations have spiked since President Trump’s inauguration.
8. The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan approved special legislation to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito, above, to abdicate.
But just this once — the measure will not apply to future emperors of the world’s oldest continuous monarchy.
The emperor has said he wants to give his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 57, time to rule.
9. “Saturday Night Live” wraps up its 42nd season this weekend, and it’s been a banner year — the show had its highest ratings in two decades.
We compiled the most memorable video clips of the season, including Alec Baldwin’s debut as President Trump, Aziz Ansari’s memorable monologue and the Kellyanne Conway “Fatal Attraction” parody that provoked a torrent of criticism.
Above, Michael Che as the NBC anchor Lester Holt, interviewing the president.
10. Finally, “Alien: Covenant” is expected to rule the box office this weekend.
Our critic says the film upholds its long-lived brand, parceling out carefully measured portions of awe, wonder and terror.
Katherine Waterston, above, stars along with Michael Fassbender.
Have a great weekend.
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