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Hackers can slow US presidential poll voting and counting, not stop it

This would worsen the tumult to hold the election amid the pandemic and the uncertainty created by Trump’s claim that Democrats will commit massive fraud by mail-in balloting.

Trump threatens to veto FDA if it tries to slow down launch of Covid vaccine

FDA officials have indicated they would hold a Covid vaccine to a higher standard than other medications that typically receive emergency waivers from the agency.
Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, D.C. on 23 September, 2020. | Photographer: Greg Nash | The Hill | Bloomberg

White supremacists are the top terrorist threats within the US, Trump official says

Chad Wolf's response is notable as the Trump administration has been trying build a narrative, showing left-wing agitators as inciters of violence in protests over racial injustice.
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TikTok pushes back on Trump in court while angling for deal

In its court filing, ByteDance said it has made extraordinary efforts to satisfy the government’s ever-shifting demands and a ban would cause plaintiffs irreparable harm.
Donald Trump during a news conference in the White House in Washington, DC

Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if Biden wins

Trump has been criticizing the legitimacy of mail-in voting, which is being offered in a number of states as officials seek to limit the spread of the Covid at packed polling places.
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China threatens to kill TikTok deal over ‘dirty’ Trump tactics

Any agreement that makes it look like the Trump administration forced China’s hand could hurt Xi Jinping, who has repeatedly hailed the Communist Party’s emergence as a great power.
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It’s dumb to bash the WTO (Listen up, Trump)

Trump says WTO has been bad for the US, but economists generally believe that trade and its expansion post-World War 2 has produced large net benefits for the US & the world.

Facebook removes fake accounts spreading Chinese propaganda

Disguised as local operators, the Facebook accounts sought to amplify pro-China messaging over its control of South China Sea & promoting leaders favouring China’s status in region.
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US presidential candidate can win even without majority of popular vote. Here’s why

The US presidential election works on a winner-takes-all principle, similar to India's elections, but the electoral college is the crucial difference.
Namaste Trump event at Motera Stadium stadium in Ahmedabad,

Covid test for international travellers was not mandatory during Trump’s India visit, says MEA

While addressing Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the mandatory screening for Covid of all foreign passengers was implemented from 4 March.

On Camera

Delhi Police personnel stand guard at Model Town police colony, identified as a Covid-19 hotspot, during the on 16 April 2020 | Kamal Kishore | PTI

UAPA needed in Delhi, Bengaluru riot cases. Can’t let accused get away on technical grounds

In the background of the anti-CAA protests, an untoward incident during the high-profile Trump visit would have certainly shown India in poor light. Now Delhi Police has a case.
A banner for Aircel Ltd. is displayed outside a mobile phone store in Mumbai on 24 October, 2016. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Bickering govt, court delays, Rs 42,000 cr hanging – story of India’s bankruptcy delays

Telecom payments case is another example of how govt branches are delaying bankruptcy settlements while banks suffer the world’s worst bad debt ratios.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian soldiers at LAC have go-ahead to open fire in self-defence, India tells China

With no signs of disengagement on the ground in Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a stand-off since April, both sides will stay dug in during the region’s bitter winter too.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?