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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ukranian Airlines plane crash won’t be Iran’s ‘Chernobyl’ moment

Tehran’s responses to the incident was similar to that of Moscow’s after Cherbnobyl — denial, grudging acknowledgment and an apology. But Ali Khamenei is not Mikhail Gorbachev.
NATO

At 70, why NATO is tense and divided, grappling with deep political fissures

There have been questions about the purpose & future direction of NATO since 1991, but its problems became more pronounced after Donald Trump became US President in 2017.
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‘Dark tourism’ in Soviet gulags is on the rise. But is it really educational?

As a major instrument of political repression and control in Soviet Union, some 18 million people passed through the gulags between 1929 and death of Stalin in 1953.
Ghani (centre) made the confirmation to Pakistani Army Chief General Bajwa Friday | File photo | Twitter @ashrafghani

Islamic Republic or Islamic Emirate? Trump’s Taliban deal has Afghanistan at a crossroads

Afghans fear the conflict will continue after the deal between a desperate Trump in an election year and Pakistani military skilled in multiple-crossing.
Graphic by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Reaction to India’s military action on Pakistan shows how important it is to the world now

The uncomfortable truth for Islamabad is that not one country spoke out in its favour after India sent in its Mirages.
Representational image | Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg

Doomsday clock moves closest to the end of the world since 1953

Threats from nuclear weapons & climate change have exacerbated, says the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, taking us closer to global annihilation.
File image of Kim Philby | Twitter

Remembering Kim Philby, the Ambala-born notorious British spy & serial philanderer

The machinations of Kim Philby, the British spy on Russia’s payrolls, reportedly led to the death of several agents.
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The liberation of Bangladesh — the Indian armed forces’ finest hour

On this day in 1971, the Pakistani Army surrendered in then East Pakistan, after Indian defence forces successfully completed operations on two fronts.

Former US president George H W Bush dies at 94

George HW Bush, a decorated war pilot and former CIA chief, helped steer America through the end of the Cold War while serving as the country's 41st president.
Newly constructed DF-41 silo | Col. Vinayak Bhat (retd) /ThePrint.in

This is what China is doing to protect its nuclear weapons

China is working on the development of super-hardened silo technology for its Dong Feng missiles at Taiyuan Space Launch Centre in Shanxi province.

On Camera

A man outside Yes Bank branch in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Yes Bank to raise $2 billion in share sale to raise capital

The share offering will be from 15 to 17 July, according to a stock exchange filing. Shares of Yes Bank climbed as much as 5.6% on Thursday morning.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

Armed forces to limit flying Cheetah choppers as Covid hits spares production at HAL

HAL has reduced spare production for the ageing Cheetahs, and it has been communicated to the forces that the shortage is expected to last around 3 months.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.