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Global Pulse: Kushner says ‘I did not collude’, NATO offers to broker German-Turkish deal and McCain’s returns to rescue Obamacare replacement

KUSHNER TO CONGRESS: ‘I DID NOT COLLUDE’ In closed testimony to the U.S. Senate Monday, President Trump’s son-in-law and Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner boldly denied colluding with the Russian government’s intrusion into the 2016 U.S.

GLOBAL PULSE: EU, Japan sign free trade deal, Niger army kills 14 civilians by mistake and Cyprus talks end in stalemate

EU AND JAPAN SIGN FREE TRADE PACT After four years of negotiations, the European Union and Japan agreed Thursday to create the world’s largest free trade zone.

GLOBAL PULSE: Majority back Trump’s travel ban, EU blamed for refugee deaths and attack on politicians in Venezuela

PRO-GOVERNMENT MILITIAS ATTACK VENEZUELAN CONGRESS On Venezuelan Independence Day Wednesday a group of pro-government militias attacked opposition politicians with sticks and metal bars outside the country’s congress.

GLOBAL PULSE: Martial law upheld in the Philippines, Qatar ups gas output and Mexican painter Jose Luis Cuevas dead

PHILIPPINES SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MARTIAL LAW The Supreme Court of the Philippines overwhelmingly decided Tuesday to uphold President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao

GLOBAL PULSE: Deposed Saudi prince is home alone, Trump’s travel ban couldn’t have prevented terror attacks, and Macron’s telling portrait.

DEPOSED SAUDI PRINCE IS HOME ALONE The recently deposed crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef, has been barred from leaving the kingdom and confined to his palace. 

Seven other countries where the punishment for rape is death

Indian courts apply the principle of “rarest of rare” circumstances when they award capital punishment. RAJGOPAL SINGH

Global Pulse: China’s Blue Water Naval Ambition

Amid rising tensions in the region, China launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier, expanding its fleet to two such vessels. China plans for a fleet of six such aircraft carriers. The launching is a key milestone in China’s effort to build a “blue water” navy capable of projecting power beyond the country’s immediate coast and protecting increasingly far-flung interests, said Bloomberg. China’s first aircraft carrier was constructed by the Soviet Union and refitted by the Chinese. The new carrier is slightly larger. The launch comes as tensions between North Korea and the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs recently dragged Beijing into the debate. The US Army began installing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system onto a golf course in Seongju, South Korea, as a response to the North Korean threat. http://bit.ly/2py5qaB https://bloom.bg/2ph3Rv0 ETHNIC NATIONALISM, TINGED WITH BIGOTRY “A virulent nationalism, tinged with bigotry, is on the rise across much...

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Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.