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GLOBAL PULSE: Trump’s latest tweet controversy, Qatar’s sanctions deadline extended and sex education in taxis

DONALD TRUMP TAKES DOWN CNN WITH A MEME If there was any doubt about Donald Trump being the most unique head of state there is on social media, he ensured it was erased on Sunday. He tweeted a clip from a previous apperance in a wrestling show, except that instead of the head of the contestant he took down, was the symbol of perhaps his least loved channel CNN. "#FraudNewsCNN #FNN," he tweeted with it, a clear reference to a retracted CNN story about links between a Trump aide and a Russian investment fund. While such memes aren't uncommon on the internet, it's perhaps the first time a head of state has used one. Which might explain the confusion over it. Is it an incitement of violence against CNN? His spokespersons have said at multiple media outlets it isn't. Is it a leader in touch with the humour of his times?...

Before being killed, here are 8 times Osama bin Laden came really close to getting caught

In the first of the two-part essay, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, authors of the new book “The Exile: The Flight of Osama bin Laden”, list the number of close shaves that the al-Qaeda emir had with the authorities.

GLOBAL PULSE: Britons in EU worry about Brexit-sacrifice, push Pakistan without pushing it toward China, and sing national anthem with fervour in the Philippines

BRITONS IN EU DON’T WANT TO BE BREXIT-SACRIFICE British citizens settled in Europe have expressed concern that Theresa May is willing to sacrifice some of their rights post-Brexit to cement immigration limits on EU citizens coming to the UK. Two weeks ago, the EU tabled a four-page proposal that all rights of all EU citizens impacted by Brexit would be protected for life. This would mean status quo for both Britons in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK. However, May came back with a proposal that would curtail some of those rights. Among the key concerns is a proposal to end EU citizens’ right to automatically have an elderly parent, a sick relative or an EU spouse join them in the UK. “We run the risk of being the sacrificial lambs of Brexit,” said Jane Golding, chair of British in Europe.   EXPERTS ADVICE U.S. AGAINST TOUGHNESS AGAINST PAKISTAN The Trump administration is considering taking...
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GLOBAL PULSE: Trump gets back parts of his travel ban, what the Qatar blockade is about and why ‘real men’ die earlier

DONALD TRUMP WINS ON IMMIGRATION BAN TILL OCTOBER There have been two versions of a ban on Muslims entering the US. Both were struck down by lower courts there. But in what Donald Trump claims is a major victory, the Supreme Court has left some parts of the suspension intact while allowing others to come into effect. So until the case is heard again in October, the ban will apply to foreigners who don't have a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship” with the US. Here's what the president tweeted after the verdict: Now relatives, students and workers from the six Muslim-dominated nations will be allowed in, but refugees won't. Some of the judges in the Supreme Court have pointed out that this could result in a lot of litigation in lower courts, as potential immigrants challenge what exactly constitutes a 'bona fide' relationship. The administration now has three months to conduct...
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INS Vikramaditya could take part in its first international wargame this July

The US is participating with its USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, and the Japanese Navy is sending its largest warship for the Malabar war games in the Bay of Bengal. Moscow: India's largest warship, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, could participate in its first international naval exercise this July. Air operations will be in focus in a complex edition of the Malabar war games in the Bay of Bengal, with all three nations sending their largest combatants, While the US is participating with its USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, and the Japanese Navy is sending its largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, the exercise is likely to see the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier also taking part. This would be the first time that the Indian aircraft carrier – acquired from Russia with a fleet of MiG-29K fighter aircraft – will be seen in an international naval exercise. INS Vikramaditya took part in the Tropex series of internal...

GLOBAL PULSE: Trump’s new idea for his wall, palace coup at Uber and how cars stolen in the UK are turning up in Thailand

TRUMP'S NEW IDEA FOR HIS WALL He's been promising it since before he became president. Work's not started on it yet because the other nation has refused to pay for it, but he's already promising embellishments to it. No, it's not the latest building project by the Trump organisation, but Donald Trump's idea for his pet project: the wall along the Mexico border and he was perhaps drawing from his experience as a construction company owner when he suggested that the wall along Mexico could be 'a solar wall'. "We're thinking of something that's unique, we're talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat. We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy and pays for itself. And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money, and that's good, right?" Trump told a rally in Iowa. "Solar wall, panels, beautiful. I mean...
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GLOBAL PULSE: US flip-flops and signs deal with Qatar, Putin offers asylum to James Comey and the most extravagant parking spot

US FLIP-FLOPS ON QATAR, SIGNS F 15 DEAL In a latest twist to the series of diplomatic contradictions in the Trump administration, U.S. just signed a $12bn deal to supply dozens of F-15 jets to Qatar. This comes after Trump called Qatar a funder of terrorism” adding “the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding.” The Saudi-led economic and diplomatic embargo against Qatar is in its second week. A Qatari official said the deal is “proof that US institutions are with us but we have never doubted that”. Qatar is home to the largest US airbase in the Middle East. The Pentagon said the sale of jets would increase security cooperation between the US and Qatar. Both the U.S. defence secretary and the secretary of state, want a more neutral and nuanced position toward Qatar.   PUTIN’S PHONE-IN PROGRAM Vladimir Putin made a sarcastic offer of asylum to the fired FBI...
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GLOBAL PULSE: How to keep Trump away from Twitter on Thursday, Putin’s alpha-male talk, and the Chinese military wants new overseas bases

HOW TO KEEP TRUMP BUSY ON THURSDAY Trump's aides have been urging him to resist engaging, and they hope to keep him busy during the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey

GLOBAL PULSE: Nepal gets a new PM, paying for fathers in Germany and a Russian hand suspected in Qatar’s crisis

RUSSIA AGAIN? Is Russia behind Qatar's isolation by Saudi Arabia and the UAE? CNN reports the US is aiding Qatar in the investigation of the fake news report that some believe is the cause for the rift in the region.

GLOBAL PULSE: Why Qatar’s isolation is boosting oil prices, should we believe Trump’s tweets and did Russia hack US voting machines?

WHY QATAR'S ISOLATION IS CAUSING OIL PRICES TO RISE Qatar has been targeted multiple times in the past for its ties with Iran but never to this extent.

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Social distancing or herd immunity? A combination of both needed to contain Covid

The US desperately needs a solid strategy unlike what the Trump administration has in place — doing almost nothing and telling people the disease will go away.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

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Navy to commission INS Kavaratti, an indigenously-built warfare stealth corvette tomorrow

Like its predecessors, the new corvette does not have air defence systems than the close-in weapons deployed on board and the Navy is looking at getting new Short Range Air Defence System.
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NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.