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Viva democracy. The people have spoken. Turkey’s strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is here to stay. Power to the people, their will has been done. And all that jazz.
 
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On April 16, Turks voted, by a razor-thin margin, to scrap the country’s parliamentary system for a presidential one and give the current incumbent, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sweeping powers. According to the state-run Anadolu News Agency, the “yes” vote stood at 51.41 per cent; the “no” vote was 48.59 per cent. With this victory, Erdogan, who has already helmed power in Turkey for 15 years, could extend his term in office till 2034. Evidently, he is now the most important political figure Turkey has seen since its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
 
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It seems that a trend of effecting stunning political reversals has percolated from Washington into Westminster. By calling a snap general election, British PM Theresa May has sensationally deviated from her previous stance. The argument that an early election would be a distraction from the core focus on Brexit negotiations has been set aside on the same basis – that in order to provide certainty and stability during the negotiations, the May government needs a decisive mandate.
 
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US President Donald Trump said the Treasury Department will not label China as a currency manipulator in its semi-annual report. He explicitly noted that China is "not a currency manipulator."
 
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US President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that "North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!"
 
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The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida was a great success, garnering positive comments from international media. Although the relationship between the two powers hung in an area of uncertainty when President Trump first took office in January, it is clearly now on the constructive path toward developing a cooperative bilateral relationship. A transition such as this has sent positive signals to the entire world.

 
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In ordering cruise missile attacks on Syria, the Trump administration has for the first time publicly realised that an "America First" policy does mean that America has to act first on issues that are of concern and challenge to the comity of nations, writes Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Chinese President Xi Jinping may have a hard time understanding which President Donald Trump he will encounter when the two meet in Mar-a-Lago in Florida on April 6 and 7. Would it be the Trump who has accused China of "raping our country" and being a currency manipulator, or the more transactional and ideology-free businessman with next-to-nothing grasp of complex diplomacy?

 
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From the perspective of India’s external relations, the massive victory of the BJP in the recent state Assembly election in the state of Uttar Pradesh becomes a significant event, no less consequential than it could be in the domestic politics. The paradox is that India diminishes in the world arena, while BJP expands its girth in domestic politics.

  From the perspective of India’s external relations, the massive victory of the BJP in the recent state Assembly election in the state of Uttar Pradesh becomes a significant event, no less consequential than it could be in the domestic politics. The paradox is that India diminishes in the world arena, while BJP expands its girth in domestic politics.
 
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Donald Trump's recipe for reviving employment in the American economy is to impose restrictions on imports from other countries.

 


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spotlight image During the visit to Vietnam by Modi in 2016, economic cooperation was highlighted as a strategic priority in the ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” between the two countries
 
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The UN will require Sri Lankan troops to undergo “enhanced screening” for human rights violations going back to the final years of the civil war before they can be deployed as peacekeepers.
 
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Is it the Modi magic or Modi cult propelling the BJP to new heights with the opposition pulverised and decimated by the split vote banks of these parties in large parts of India? The BJP has gained five states in the assembly elections but lost Delhi and Bihar, writes Lalit Sethi
 
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The ice that has gripped the government’s policies on Kashmir is beginning to melt, but what it is revealing underneath is confusion.
 
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Recently, quite a few stories have appeared on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in both local and international publications.
 
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What a week it has been for the Middle East! People of Iran came out in droves to re-elect Rouhani as president for another term.
 
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Let’s face it: We are turning into, literally, a species of killjoys. The prime examples of this evolutionary trait are those that comprise the Islamic State or Al Qaeda and their adherents outside the West, or even India for that matter. Their latest outrage, in a repetitively numbing pattern, was obviously in Manchester, target
 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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