Ransomware, George Pell, Confederations Cup: Your Thursday Briefing

He is the highest-ranking Vatican official in recent years to face criminal charges involving accusations of sexual offenses. Check back for updates as we monitor a news conference at the Vatican scheduled for later this morning.

The case will test the credibility of Francis’ initiatives to foster greater accountability after the abuse scandals that have shaken the church.

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• Italy is threatening to close its ports to foreign vessels carrying migrants unless the European Union provides more resources to tackle the rising number of arrivals from Libya. Over 12,000 people reportedly reached its shores in two days.

Meanwhile, Germany has recorded a surge in crime by right-wing extremists since it welcomed nearly a million migrants in 2015.

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• President Trump accepted an invitation by President Emmanuel Macron of France to visit Paris for Bastille Day on July 14.

Mr. Macron will summon lawmakers to Versailles next week for the first of what he once promised would be annual speeches akin to those of American presidents.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, drew criticism after a video surfaced of him interrupting a phone call with Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s new prime minister, to compliment a female Irish correspondent’s smile.

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Confederations Cup: Chile defeated Portugal, 3-0, on penalties in the semifinals of the soccer tournament in Russia. Germany will face Mexico this evening.

And our soccer columnist further dissected FIFA’s report into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded: “Everyone involved in the bidding process at some point transgressed the…

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