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Donald Trump has rowed back on his controversial order to clamp down on people entering the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries. His partial climbdown came after legal challenges, protests around the US and corporate opposition. US officials warn that the order will weaken counterterrorism policies by alienating allies such as Iraq and giving a propaganda boost to terrorist groups such as Isis. Here’s what we know and do not know about the order and an explainer on the flurry of executive orders Mr Trump has issued.

The Trump ban has prompted hostility around the world. In the UK a petition to stop Mr Trump from making a state visit has gathered more than a million signatures. After initially refusing to criticise the president’s order, prime minister Theresa May said she did “not agree” with the refugee ban. Meanwhile, France’s François Hollande called on Europe to stand up to Mr Trump and Christian leaders denounced his plans, which would prioritise Christian immigrants. (FT, NYT, WaPo, BBC)

In the news

EU fake news warning The EU’s digital chief has warned Facebook and other social media companies they must take a stronger stance against fake news or face action from Brussels. The warning comes as Facebook is under growing pressure to take action after fake news stories went viral during last year’s US presidential elections, including one that claimed the Pope had endorsed Donald Trump. (FT) 

The world’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen has beaten Toyota to become the world’s largest carmaker by sales, despite the damage to its brand from the diesel emissions scandal. VW, which also owns the Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Bentley brands, sold 10.3m vehicles in 2016, while Toyota sold 10.2m. The Japanese car group is under pressure in the US after Donald Trump criticised the Japanese car industry for its investment in Mexico. (FT)

Volkswagen sold 10.3m vehicles last year; Toyota sold 10.2m © Getty
Left turn for French socialists Benoît Hamon has been nominated as candidate for president, highlighting a desire among French Socialists to return to core leftwing policies after François Hollande’s unpopular presidency. Under Mr Hamon, who is widely predicted to lose the presidential poll, business-friendly reforms would be out while a 32-hour working week and a basic universal income would be in. (FT)

Myanmar murder shock The gunning down on Sunday of Ko Ni a Muslim lawyer, former political prisoner and advocate of religious tolerance in Myanmar, has shocked the country and raised fears about those speaking out on human rights issues. (NAR) 

Quebec mosque attacked Gunmen opened fire on a mosque in Canada’s Quebec City, killing six and injuring eight. The attack shocked worshippers, many of whom had fled war-torn countries to escape such violence. “We never thought [it would happen here],” said one local Muslim. He added: “given the hateful speeches all around the planet, it can happen”. The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, called the shooting a “terrorist attack on Muslims”. (Montreal Gazette, Reuters)

It’s a big day for

UK-Ireland relations Theresa May is due in Dublin for talks with Enda Kenny about the Irish dimension to Brexit, which has opened up a world of uncertainty for Ireland, the European country that depends more than any other on trade with the UK. (FT)

Keep up with the important business, economic and political stories in the coming days with the FT’s WeekAhead.

Food for thought

Russia’s next target? Berlin fears Russian internet-based misinformation could be seeking to influence public opinion on topics such as immigration ahead of Germany’s September elections when Chancellor Angela Merkel will be running for a fourth term. (FT)

Proud to be difficult Lucy Kellaway on why being troublesome — in the workplace and in life — can be quite useful . (FT)

Dutch get down and dirty The populist language championed by far-right politician Geert Wilders has upended a tradition of calm and lawyerly political rhetoric in the Netherlands, and normalised terms that would have been unacceptable just five years ago. (Politico)

Rehab rush in the Philippines A pervasive fear in Southeast Asia’s second most populous country has driven a surge in demand for rehab centres since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in June with a threat to kill 100,000 criminals. His anti-drugs campaign has already claimed more than 7,000 lives. (FT)

Collective punishment in Iraq In defiance of the government in Baghdad, local security forces in Salahuddin province have evicted at least 345 families with members that have joined Isis. Officials say the removals are to protect families from retaliation by neighbours who had suffered from Isis attacks. But others fear they will exacerbate sectarian tensions in the country. (NYT)

Video of the day

Investing under Trump Executive orders will provide a more reliable guide for investors under the Trump presidency, not the tweets, says Stephen Foley. (FT)

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