Syria, Pruitt, Border: Your Weekend Briefing

President Trump said that he wanted to withdraw American troops fighting the remnants of ISIS in Syria. But he dropped his demand after pushback from the Pentagon.

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3. Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers faced off along the Gaza border for the second Friday in a row, as part of a mass demonstration against Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave. Nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. Above, a demonstrator in front of smoke from burning tires.

Our Jerusalem bureau chief writes that despite the deaths, Palestinians seem energized about sustaining a generally nonviolent form of protest that has put their long-running conflict with Israel back on the international agenda.

“This is not a battle that protesters are coming to with guns,” said the head of a Palestinian rights group in Washington. “The protesters paid with their lives to get people to question whether these policies are justifiable.”

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4. American farmers are angry.

The escalating trade conflict with China could be particularly devastating to rural economies, especially for pig farmers and soybean and corn growers. (Above, harvesting corn in Illinois.) Carmakers, Boeing and medical device and drug manufacturers could also be hit hard.

The tariffs have not yet gone into effect, but the tensions pummeled stocks on Friday. The administration is engaging in back-channel talks with the Chinese to try to resolve their differences.

Did you keep up with the headlines this week? Test your knowledge with our news quiz. Here’s the front page of our Sunday paper, and our crossword puzzles.

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5. Scott Pruitt, above, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been under fire for his spending on things like office furniture and first-class air travel. All the while, President Trump has stood by him, saying Mr. Pruitt has done a great job rolling back regulations.

But legal experts and White House officials say that Mr. Pruitt hasn’t always followed procedure, leading to poorly crafted legal efforts that risk being struck down in court.

Elsewhere in Washington, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, handed off his duties to John Bolton. It was a bittersweet farewell. For more on the biggest stories in politics this week, check out our roundup.

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6. Texas became the first state to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border after President Trump announced he would order the military there. Some 250 Texas National Guard personnel will be sent down. Above, the border near McAllen, Tex.

Also on Friday, Mr. Trump issued a memorandum directing his administration to move quickly to end “catch and release.” That refers to a practice in which immigrants who give themselves up to Border Patrol are released from detention while waiting for their cases to be processed.

We had reporters in McAllen, where local charities try to help arriving migrants, and with the caravan of Central Americans traveling through Mexico that made headlines this week.

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7. Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil surrendered on Saturday to begin a 12-year prison term for corruption.

Mr. da Silva, a leading candidate in the presidential election scheduled for October, charged that the prosecution was an effort to thwart his political vision. The country’s political left now finds itself without an obvious standard-bearer.

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8. Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, above, is set to testify on Capitol Hill starting on Tuesday. The company hired a team of experts to prepare him for the appearance.

The goal? To apologize for Facebook’s missteps and reassure lawmakers that the company has a plan to protect users’ privacy and stop foreign powers from using Facebook to meddle in American elections.

Elsewhere in Silicon Valley, a fatal shooting at YouTube’s headquarters highlighted the security risks of the tech industry’s open campuses. The attacker, Nasim Najafi Aghdam, was both admired and mocked for videos that she posted — and was apparently angry that she was making little money from them.

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9. For nearly three weeks, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne, has been crisscrossing the U.S., meeting with titans of Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood. Above, Prince Mohammed, right, touring Google with one of its co-founders, Sergey Brin.

He’s trying to change perceptions of the opaque, conservative kingdom and court investors to support what he has described as a transformative economic agenda.

The trip ends this weekend in Texas, where the prince will meet with oil executives and the former presidents George W. Bush and George Bush.

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10. Did you know that N.F.L. cheerleaders are subject to strict rules regarding their activity off the field?

The rules, which govern things like social media activity, dress and personal hygiene, are fueling another P.R. headache for the league, after a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints filed a complaint that alleges unfair treatment.

Our gender columnist writes that a feminist awakening may be emerging in cheerleading, as criticism of the rules grows.

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11. “Saturday Night Live” was hosted by Chadwick Boseman, above right, who appeared in the “Black Jeopardy” sketch as his character from the film “Black Panther.”

Mr. Boseman’s character, the king of a fictional African nation, experienced a bit of culture shock as a contestant, saying that of course he would help the police pursue criminals, since law enforcement officials “are only here to protect us.”

The game show host played by Kenan Thompson responded incredulously: “I’m thinking you haven’t spent much time in America.”

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12. Finally, 50 years after he was assassinated, the battles that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought live on. (Above, Dr. King outside a courthouse in Montgomery, Ala., in 1956.) The Times was the only publication that had a reporter with Dr. King when he was shot. We looked at his life and his legacy.

Hungry for more? Check out this collection of our best weekend reads. It includes articles on a teenage science enthusiast, the politics of a buzz cut on a woman and an imaginary visit to Wakanda.

And here are the titles on the New York Times best-seller list. Michael Isikoff and David Corn’s investigation into the 2016 presidential campaign, “Russian Roulette,” spent a third week at No. 1 on the hardcover nonfiction list.

Have a great week.

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