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• Dutch voters turned out in record numbers with a majority rejecting the populist platform of the anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders.
They rewarded parties on the right that had co-opted parts of his hard-line message, including that of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, above, whose party came in first in early results. Forming a coalition will be Mr. Rutte’s next challenge, and it could take months, analysts said.
European leaders struggling with a rise of populist forces rushed to cheer the result. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Foreign Ministry greeted the first estimates with a rare, warmly enthusiastic message via Twitter.
• A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Trump’s second attempt to bar travelers from parts of the Muslim world. The decision dealt a political blow to the White House hours before the ban was to take effect.
Concessions made after a first version was blocked did not placate critics, who argue that it still imposes a de facto religious test on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. Administration lawyers contended that the president was merely exercising his national security powers.
“This ruling makes us look weak,” Mr. Trump told a rally in Nashville on Wednesday.
• Two Russian intelligence officers directed a criminal conspiracy that broke into 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014, the Justice Department said.
The officers were supposed to be helping Americans hunt for hackers — but instead they were working against them. Prosecutors said the Russian government used the information to target foreign officials, business executives and journalists.
• Parts of America will be more first than others in Mr. Trump’s first budget, which will be unveiled today. And the losers may be some of the very constituencies that have been most supportive of the president.
Alongside environmental protection and foreign aid, another victim may be federal funding of arts and humanities, created by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.
The Federal Reserve said that the United States economy continued to chug along, expanding at a “moderate pace,” as it raised its benchmark interest rate. But Mr. Trump has vowed to bolster growth by cutting regulations and announced a rollback of fuel economy standards that he says have hurt the U.S. auto industry.
• Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders. It’s so large that it can be seen from space and so beautiful it can move visitors to tears.
And it is dying. Huge sections of its most pristine parts were killed last year by overheated seawater. Scientists, who said climate change was warming sea waters, did not expect this level of damage for another 30 years.
• European regulators gave Monsanto a boost after determining that the main ingredient in the company’s flagship weed killer was not causing cancer.
• In Britain, the use of energy efficient appliances has helped offset the consumer cost of clean energy policies.
• Ukraine has cut off trade with two Russian-controlled separatist enclaves in the country’s east.
• The German police raided the offices of Volkswagen’s luxury car unit, Audi, as the diesel fraud scandal widens.
• The euro reacted favorably to news of the Dutch election. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
• The U.S. secretary of state will use his visit to press China to use its influence to restrain North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. [The New York Times]
• King Mohammed VI of Morocco is replacing his prime minister, who has failed to form a government five months after being elected. [Reuters]
• Brazil’s leaders are scrambling to give themselves amnesty in the face of mounting revelations into illegal campaign donations. [The New York Times]
• Queen Elizabeth II’s funding from the government will increase next month, to provide for repairs in wiring, heating and plumbing at Buckingham Palace. [BBC]
• At least 30 people were killed in two suicide bombings in Damascus, as Syria’s war entered its seventh year. [The New York Times]
• Two United Nations officials and four Congolese citizens are missing in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [The New York Times]
• Last week, readers shared tips about their morning routines. Among the most mentioned: Coffee (126 mentions), prayer or meditation (84), running/walking (95) or exercise (94) and breakfast (97).
• Here are some of the tips, and a few quick links about warm-ups and cool-downs, ways to be mindful and the power of to-do lists.
• Recipe of the day: Have pie for dinner with this torta Pasqualina filled with leafy greens and cheese.
• Iran’s leaders call it dangerous and against Islam. But people in Tehran love Fireworks Wednesday, the pre-Islamic festival of Chaharshanbe Suri, our correspondent there says.
• It’s time to book your summer train tickets for France. You could try the new high-speed line from Paris to Bordeaux. The southern city, known as “the Sleeping Beauty,” has come awake.
• In case you missed it: Declan Walsh, our Cairo bureau chief, joined a group of journalists yesterday to discuss press freedom in Egypt.
• And beyond politics, the Netherlands is celebrating the 100th anniversary of de Stijl: a movement of bold, simple, abstract geometric compositions and primary hues.
A new space race is underway, fueled by billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos who are eager to capitalize on booming technology and the allure of space tourism.
Such audacious plans weren’t always embraced. In 1920, when Robert H. Goddard, above, outlined how a rocket might reach the moon, The New York Times wrote that he seemed “to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools” and argued, incorrectly, that thrust was not possible in a vacuum.
History has been kinder to Dr. Goddard since his death in 1945, and he’s now viewed as a pioneer of the space age.
A crucial step in his career came on this day in 1926, when he tested the first liquid-fueled rocket from his aunt’s farm in Massachusetts. It reached only 41 feet, but, according to NASA, the experiment was “as significant to history as that of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk.”
After Apollo 11 launched in 1969, even The Times came around, noting in a correction that it was “now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum as well as in an atmosphere.”
But Dr. Goddard deserves the last word. About perseverance, he wrote, “When old dreams die, new ones come to take their place. God pity a one-dream man.”
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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