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US President Donald Trump

Islamic State caliphate decimated, claims US president Donald Trump

Speaking to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Trump said that US and its partners have retaken more than 20,000 square miles of land captured by the ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Shanghai

Amid trade war with US, China’s growth records slowest rate since 1990

Turkey President Erdogan calls US counterpart Trump over Syria, and protests in Greece over Macedonia name change.
One of the memes shared in the #10YearChallenge | @UnSubtleDesi/Twitter

Party donations, Modi, Syrian war & climate change: #10YearChallenge gets politically snarky

For the year’s first social media challenge, people swapped fat-to-fit selfies for a cause, some humour and political commentary.
File photo of Justin Trudeau | Scott Olson/Getty Images

China sentences a Canadian to death for drug trafficking, Trudeau calls verdict arbitrary  

Theresa May urges parliamentarians to give the Brexit deal ‘a second look’ and House Republicans unseat leader from committees over white supremacy remark.
Donald Trump

White House prepares for border wall as Donald Trump threatens national emergency

Japan PM Shinzo Abe speaks in support of Theresa May and Mike Pompeo speaks in Cairo about Trump’s vision for Middle East.
Trump and Jinping

US, China officials meet in Beijing for sixth-round negotiations to end trade war

US NSA John Bolton says troops can’t be withdrawn from Syria, and Saudi Arabia puts into effect new law to alert women of divorce.

Santa faces delay at Gatwick, while Congress has a Christmas gift for America

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley is a hard act to follow at the UN

Nikki Haley leaves with her reputation not just intact but burnished. The same cannot be said of Trump’s other departed top-level appointees.
Nikki Haley

Unlike Trump, Nikki Haley wasn’t a transactionalist but an exceptionalist

There were moments when Haley’s foreign policy differed with Trump’s and even UN’s philosophy. She did not think all countries are equal.
Ruskin Bond

Why Ruskin Bond never wrote about Indian politicians

In this excerpt from his book 'Beauty of All My Days', Bond recalls memories of him having seen and heard Nehru as well as his conversations with Morarji Desai, Acharya Kripalani. 

On Camera

Rahul Gandhi at the press conference | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Communists who once sided with BJP now irked over no alliance with Congress in West Bengal

With a chequered history, where the Left Front had ‘aligned’ with the BJP, it is impossible for the CPM cadre to adjust themselves with the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.