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Israel elections

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu likely to secure a record fifth term

New World Bank chief David Malpass seeks to temper fears over appointment, and US sends warship to disputed sea in signal to China.
US President Donald Trump

In a first, Donald Trump labels Iran’s military a ‘terrorist group’

‘Umbrella Movement’ protestors in Hong Kong found guilty of public nuisance, and Macron finds his de Gaulle moment with Brexit.

Libya’s UN-backed govt announces counter-offensive to defend Tripoli

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed leads his party to a landslide victory just five months since returning from exile.

Libya’s military strongman orders forces to ‘advance’ on Tripoli

EU’s Donald Tusk suggests 12-month Brexit extension and Donald Trump hints at a ‘monumental’ trade deal with China.

A third of Russian households can’t buy more than two pairs of shoes a year

US-China trade talks enter 'final stages', and coming soon, a complete list of BRI projects.
Chinese flag

China local governments ‘taking loans to pay back debt totalling $2.74 trillion’

British PM Theresa May seeks rival Jeremy Corbyn's help on Brexit, and dull outlook for Asia's growing economies.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Blow to Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul’s electoral upset

British Parliament votes on four separate proposals to find a compromise over UK’s withdrawal from EU. All four fail to pass.

Here’s a primer on ‘minnow’ UK’s position on Brexit, and what’s causing the hang-ups

After a host of developments in Britain’s Parliament Wednesday, ThePrint tries to decode some of the political shifts ahead of 29-March deadline.

In first-of-its-kind deal, OxyContin maker reaches $270 mn settlement with Oklahoma

Mexican mogul criticises Lopez Obrador’s economic policies, and New York County declares measles emergency.
UK PM Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street

Theresa May begins to lose authority over Brexit to Parliament

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket hits house in Tel Aviv and Italy’s 5-Star Movement suffers third regional election defeat.

On Camera

Pakistani generals want to restore their golden era & that’s why Musharraf’s team is back

Musharraf’s team was competent because it secured western assistance, pledging to fight terrorists while covertly assisting them at the same time.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.