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Middle East calls for boycott of French products after Macron’s remarks on cartoons on Prophet

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Macron, saying the French President needed ‘mental checks’ over his attitude towards Muslims.
Morning rush hour commuters wear protective face masks while boarding and exiting a train at Saint-Lazare metro railway station in Paris, France. | Photographer: Cyril Marcilhacy | Bloomberg

Myanmar garment workers pushed into sex work, France could extend emergency & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Commuters wearing protective face masks walk along a platform at Liverpool Street railway station, in London on 12 August

Europe is losing the fight to keep economy open as virus spreads

The early sense of victory has given way to disappointment, and led to a deeper crisis with major cities under curfew & central govts clashing with officials on the way forward.
The French President Emmanuel Macron | Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Macron is paying the price for France’s bloody history in Africa

Africa is attracting interest from rising powers like China, Russia, the Gulf states & Turkey. That means the continent’s leaders are no longer as dependent on France as in the past.

China students protest stringent lockdowns, corruption scandal in Kenya & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Commuters wear face masks as they use the London Underground | Peter Summers | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Europe is struggling again as UK and France report record new infections

Europe’s two biggest economies UK & France are experiencing a disquieting resurgence after a deadly first wave in what was — and could become again — the focal point of Covid-19.
Commuters wearing protective face masks walk along a platform at Liverpool Street railway station, in London on 12 August

Why mass testing isn’t really helping Europe curb the Covid spread

Mass testing helped authorities identify thousands of infected individuals, but it also strained labs, slowed results and complicated the next crucial step — contact tracing.
Rafale jet at the induction ceremony in Ambala. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Rafale’s operational induction ‘very important step’ amid border tensions, Rajnath Singh says

Rafale jets were inducted into IAF at a ceremony in Ambala amid LAC tensions. Since arrival in July, the fighters have flown in Leh and completed bombing practice.
India-France-Australia Trilateral Dialogue virtual meeting, co-chaired by foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla | Twitter

India, France, Australia hold first trilateral dialogue with focus on Indo-Pacific Region

The Indo-Pacific region has been witnessing increasing Chinese military assertiveness and all three sides agreed to hold the dialogue on an annual basis.

Charlie Hebdo’s decision to republish Prophet Muhammad cartoons spark widespread protests

The cartoons prompted the 2015 terror attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris. However, the magazine said not republishing them would have been 'journalistic cowardice'.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.