• The French police captured a man who had plowed his car into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb, injuring six of them. It was the sixth attack on French military forces since 2015 and raised the question of whether domestic military patrols had turned soldiers into targets.
Separately in France, lawmakers approved a bill meant to further limit possible conflicts of interests of politicians. And post-mortems explained the recent strange deaths of two friends as they were having dinner: One had choked on a piece of meat, the other died of a heart attack.
• The F.B.I. raided the home of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, above, last month as part of the investigation into Russian election meddling.
The search, for tax documents and foreign banking records, suggests a broadening investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller.
• Some European leaders are cutting their prized vacations short after a tumultuous year. Here’s a look at their vacation plans.
One leader, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, above with her husband, spent three weeks in Switzerland and Italy, where she led a hotel lobby full of tourists in a rendition of “God Save the Queen.”
In other tourism news, the Balearic Islands plan to cap the numbers of hotel beds and issue licenses for home rentals in an effort to curb mass tourism.
• At the world track and field championship in London, Isaac Makwala, above, advanced to the 200-meter final today after proving with five push-ups that he had beaten a stomach virus. Here is today’s schedule.
And our Europe soccer correspondent went to Huddersfield, England, to find out what it’s like when the Premier League puts a town on the map. “That sort of thing gives a place a winning mentality,” one soccer official said.
• The biggest danger that the U.S. economy faces regarding low-skilled immigrants is not having them, our economics columnist writes.
• In a Facebook Live video, two of our technology reporters responded to questions about a Google engineer’s anti-diversity memo.
• The U.S. dollar appears to be losing its status as the ultimate safe haven in the global economy. Since the beginning of the year, the currency has retreated about 8 percent against major currencies.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• In Russia, the detention of Dmitri Verkhoved, above, a Siberian scientist turned high-tech entrepreneur, is stirring dismay as Russia struggles to diversify its faltering economy beyond oil and gas. [The New York Times]
• In Yemen, at least 29 African migrants drowned when human traffickers seeking to avoid capture forced them to swim to shore. [Agence France-Presse]
• Tainted egg scandal: A Dutch official rejected a Belgian minister’s accusation that the Netherlands had known for months that some chicken eggs had been contaminated with fipronil, an insecticide. [Politico]
• The U.S. Treasury Department accused the Mexican soccer star Rafael Márquez of having ties with drug traffickers. [The New York Times]
• In Poland, a hair-raising video shared by the state railway shows a high-speed train missing a car by seconds. [Associated Press]
• An Israeli-German artist fed up with racist, anti-Semitic slurs on Twitter threw them back at the social media giant by spraying the insults on the ground outside the company’s Hamburg offices. [The New York Times]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Negativity prevents us from bouncing back from life’s inevitable stresses.
• Exercise as a weight-loss strategy: Pushing yourself during exercise sometimes affects appetite in surprising ways, a new study found.
• Recipe of the day: Fire up the grill for halibut and corn relish.
• The world’s longest bicycle race, which crosses Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok, is nearing its end. Organizers are looking for ways to get more women to take part next year.
• The Danish island of Bornholm is seeing a revival in tourism, in part thanks to its charming port towns and its beaches of sand so fine it’s literally used in hourglasses.
• A plea to “Game of Thrones” fans: We need your help plotting its characters’ qualities. In return, you’ll get averages of all responses.
• And a personal note: Alison Smale, our Berlin bureau chief, will join the United Nations as the next under secretary general for global communications. We wish her alles Gute.
It is intriguing, then, that the Smithsonian’s founding patron, James Smithson, never set foot in the U.S.
Smithson was born in Paris as Jacques-Louis Macie, the illegitimate son of a wealthy English duke. He eventually changed his name, became a British citizen and built a solid reputation as a scientist. (A mineral, smithsonite, is named for him, and he is credited with coming up with the term “silicates.”)
When Smithson died in Italy in 1829, he left behind an unusual will, above: If his nephew, his sole heir, died without children, his entire estate would go to the U.S. to found “at Washington, under the name Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”
Only theories exist to explain why Smithson gave the U.S. his wealth, which amounted to more than $500,000, about 1/66th of the U.S. federal budget at the time.
Even the Smithsonian concedes that “we are left to speculate on the ideals and motivations of a gift that has had such significant impact on the arts, humanities and sciences of the United States.”
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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