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Tear-gas journalists, Trump’s top health spokesman tweets & then deletes Twitter account

'Gas all of them', top US health spokesman Michael Caputo's tweet read. He was commenting on a video posted by a self-described journalist saying they were about to be tear-gassed.
An Air India plane | Twitter: ANI

US to allow Air India to conduct its ground handling operations at airports

The order by the US Department of Transportation also relieves Air India of any further reporting requirement regarding its ground handling arrangements.
Medics collect swab sample of a man for Covid-19 testing in Kozhikode (representational image) | PTI

With infections soaring, India is becoming the new global epicentre of coronavirus

At the current trajectory of coronavirus infections, India’s outbreak will eclipse Brazil’s in about a week, and the US in about two months.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

You still have jobs – TikTok reassures employees in US & Europe after CEO’s exit

Kevin Mayer resigned after only three months as CEO, citing US administration’s push for ByteDance to sell its operations due to national security concerns.
A government-sponsored advertisement promoting a new national security law in Hong Kong. | Bloomberg

US ends extradition & tax pacts with Hong Kong as Trump mounts pressure on China

The move follows an executive order to end preferential trading treatment for Hong Kong, which Trump and his team say was now essentially just another Chinese city.
Donald Trump during a news conference in the White House in Washington, DC

‘Extremely divisive’ — Trump hits back at Michelle Obama over Democratic convention speech

President Trump said Barack Obama's Oval Office performance is what put him in the 'beautiful White House'. Michelle Tuesday had said Trump was the 'wrong president' for US.

Yale University is accused of bias against Asian American and White applicants

Asian American & White people have only one-tenth to one-fourth the chance of being admitted as African Americans with comparable academic credentials, according to US govt.
Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defence | Photographer: Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg

Trump considers replacing Defense Secretary Esper after November election

US President Donald Trump has been frustrated that Esper, who became secretary in July 2019, hasn’t done more to publicly defend him on key issues.
An Airbus A 320 on the runway at the Kabul International airport, Kabul

US allows Americans to travel abroad but the world is still sceptical of them

A European travel ban against Americans remains in effect, and non-essential travel to Canada is severely restricted. Other nations require Americans to quarantine on arrival.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

US TikTok influencers sign petitions to prevent ban, move the party to Instagram

TikTok devotees have flooded the app with tributes to the platform akin to mourning the loss of a friend, & protests against Trump for what many users felt was a personal affront.

On Camera

A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?