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File photo of former US President Donald Trump | Photo: Al Drago | Bloomberg

Trump sues Facebook, Twitter, Google over social media bans

Trump filed three lawsuits that seek court orders to restore his social media accounts, along with punitive damages, to ensure other users can’t be banned or flagged by tech giants.
An application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services | Representational image | Photo: Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg Photo

Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy on rejecting H1-B, other visa applications

A 2018 policy allowed immigration officers to reject visa applications, including the H1-B, instead of first issuing a notice of intent to deny visa to applicants.
File photo of US President Donald Trump | Twitter @realDonaldTrump

Donald Trump calls on nations to demand reparations from China due to Covid pandemic

Trump added that he had a great relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping until the 'China virus', and that China doesn't care much about current US President Joe Biden.
A file photo of US NIAID director Anthony Fauci. | Photo: Bloomberg/Sarah Silbiger

Covid flip-flops, ‘friendship’ with top Chinese scientist — what Anthony Fauci emails reveal

Washington Post, Buzzfeed News and CNN accessed over 3,000 pages of emails, between January and June 2020. Documents show how the top US expert handled the pandemic.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, seen here in a file photo, visited the US last week | Twitter | @SMQureshiPTI

Pakistan looks to ‘reset ties’ with US as last American troops prepare to exit Afghanistan

Once an ally of the US as it set out to rout the al-Qaeda in the wake of 9/11, Pakistan fell out of favour with Washington over time due to its stand and actions on terrorism.

‘Hunger Games’ salute for Myanmar, and the global Covid response ship finally sets sail

The best international cartoons of the week, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
China's Politburo member Yang Jiechi (L) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken | Bloomberg photo

Joe Biden’s first contact with China runs into Communist Party’s propaganda war

Chinese propaganda after talks with US officials in Alaska has given Joe Biden another reason to continue Donald Trump's China policies.

US senators urge President Biden to repeal Trump-era ban on H-1B, other foreign work visas

Trump had instituted Proclamation 10052 in June 2020, halting the processing of non-immigrant H-1B, L-1, H-2B & J-1 visas, based on alleged potential risk to the US labour market.
US President Donald Trump | Tom Brenner | Bloomberg File Photo

Trump ‘gutted’ immigration system, takes time to rebuild, says Homeland Security Secretary

The Trump govt hardened immigration rules on those allowed to seek asylum in the US and advocated a merit-based immigration system to protect US workers.
Former US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump board Air Force One during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. | Photographer: Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg

Donald Trump and wife Melania took Covid vaccine in secret, says adviser

This comes after the former president said everyone should get vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Between British colonisers and Indian immigrants, how Zimbabwe’s cricket culture grew

Cricket was played as a colonial inheritance, and then as a legacy of Indian identity, before it became a way to find place in nationalist Zimbabwean sporting culture.
Ather Energy’s electric scooters at its experience centre in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar | Photo: Angana Chakrabarti/ThePrint

Electric scooters are becoming a rage and Bengaluru’s Ather has quietly raced ahead

Nearly three years since it launched its first scooter in 2018, Ather Energy’s revenues have increased from Rs 11.7 crore in FY19 to Rs 48.8 crore in FY20.   

Defence

An ordnance factory in India (Representational image) | Broadsword

What is essential defence services Bill and how it will impact ordnance factories and others

Strike proposed by employees’ federations of ordnance factories from 26 July, against Modi govt decision to corporatise them, perhaps triggered introduction of the Bill.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.