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File image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un | Photo: ANI via Reuters

Kim Jong-un says virus did not touch N Korea, 4 July could worsen it in US & 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.
US President Donald Trump

Trump dismisses reports on Russian bounties to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan as ‘hoax’

It was Trump’s first public remarks since US media reported that interrogations of captured extremists revealed Russia paid bounties to kill US & UK troops.
File photo of S-400 | Commons

Russia to deliver S-400 by 2021-end, but will supply missiles and bombs amid LAC tensions

The S-400 is capable of destroying incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones within a range of up to 400 km. It has a tracking capability of nearly 600 km.
Vladimir Putin

Taliban bounties to kill Americans would be a new low even for Putin

If the bounty reports are accurate, the US should consider revising sanctions on individuals at senior levels of Russian government, including Putin himself.
Soldiers from 2nd Platoon Fox Co. of the 2-506th Infantry Battalion of the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division conduct a counter indirect fire patrol from their base at COP Sabari in the Sabari district of Khost province, Afghanistan

Russia rubbishes reports that it paid bounties for Taliban to kill US & allied soldiers

Reports in the New York Times and Washington Post say interrogations of captured extremists revealed Russian intelligence units paid bounties to kill US and UK troops.
Donald Trump

Not credible, Trump says of report on Russia paying bounty to kill Americans in Afghanistan

The alleged Russian bounties have swiftly emerged as another political crisis for the President already struggling with the Covid outbreak and Black Lives Matter protests.
File image of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Photo: ANI via Reuters

How Pakistan turned health crisis into a political one, record cases in US & 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.
Flags outside the Secretariat building at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York

US seeks indefinite arms embargo on Iran in UN resolution

The expiration of the arms embargo theoretically would let Iran move ahead with purchases of conventional weapons from Russia and China.
File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Photo: ANI

World must realise India’s contribution to WWII, rectify the past: Jaishankar at RIC meet

Jaishankar hints at China in virtual Russia-India-China meeting, Russian foreign minister says the two neighbours ‘don’t need help’ to resolve issues.
Ambassador Marshall S. Billingslea posted a photo of Chinese flags and empty chairs for delegates at a nuclear treaty. | Twitter

Russia, China lash out at US over photo stunt meant to embarrass Beijing

US' chief arms-control negotiator posted a photo of Chinese flags and empty chairs for delegates who weren’t scheduled to attend talks on a key nuclear treaty.

On Camera

Artist concept of the solar system. | Photo: NASA

Millenials love discussing Mercury retrograde on Instagram, but scoff at jyotish predictions

If you’re a millennial and everything is going wrong at work, in love, and in life — it’s probably just Mercury retrograde, which began in June and ends mid-July.

Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.