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Brexit has not dampened the Olympian spirit — and UK’s team is going for gold. In the medal tally, the UK is just behind the US in gold, and China follows — but in the overall tally China has more medals.  
 
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A foreign leader and a country that feature frequently in American campaign speeches these days are Vladimir Putin and Russia.

 
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Multilateralism is fraying at the edges. While global problems, requiring effective global coordination, abound, multilateral cooperation has been gridlocked recently. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) was driven to irrelevance by the collapse of the Doha trade round in 2008.

 
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According to the Australian news media, China has delivered a harsher message in private to the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that if Canberra joins the US’ so-called “freedom of navigation” military exercises within 12 nautical miles of reefs and atolls occupied by China, then Beijing would impose practical “economic costs”. With the Australian economy facing sluggish GDP growth and already dulled by China’s economic slowdown, any economic punishment meted out to it by Beijing can be disastrous for Mr Turnbull. Call it blackmail or smart diplomacy, China realises how indispensable it is to the prosperity of all its neighbours and is extracting strategic concessions from them on its cherished political objectives.

 
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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s visit to New Delhi on Saturday will not change anything in the mindset of the leadership in Beijing.

 
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Liberal democracy and capitalism—the two great pillars of self-proclaimed Western supremacy—are in deep crisis, spawning in its wake a politics of rage and hate on either side of the Atlantic.

 
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The spate of attacks by lone wolves claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) is on the rise in Europe and the US. France and Belgium have witnessed the worst of them while Germany has started experiencing them, albeit on a smaller scale. Britain is expecting similar attacks and remains on high alert. The other nations too are equally worried. To add confusion are adverse comments on Muslims and other immigrants by US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

The spate of attacks by lone wolves claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) is on the rise in Europe and the US. France and Belgium have witnessed the worst of them while Germany has started experiencing them, albeit on a smaller scale. Britain is expecting similar attacks and remains on high alert. The other nations too are equally worried. To add confusion are adverse comments on Muslims and other immigrants by US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
 
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The United Nations (UN) Security Council is considering candidates for the next UN secretary-general. 

 
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s concerted bid to do away with his opponents in the garb of purging putschists will do more harm to the till-now most liberal Muslim country. As the futile efforts will confine Erdogan’s energy to saving his throne, Russia, Iran and Syrian President Assad will be prime beneficiaries of the imminent internal turmoil in Turkey  
 
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Coupled with low economic benefits and the current anti-trade sentiments, it runs the risk of heading nowhere.

 


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spotlight image Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office again in Bangladesh in 2009, bilateral relations between New Delhi and Dhaka have been on a steady upward trajectory.
 
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  Nearly 58 per cent of the about 600,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children who suffer from severe malnutrition, a UN report released said.
 
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A unique and passionate gathering of acrophiles, or mountain lovers, took place in neat and picturesque Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state in north-eastern India in September.
 
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India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.
 
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With over 100 incidents of braid chopping reported in different parts of Kashmir, there is widespread fear and anger among the people.
 
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According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China's GDP expanded 6.9 percent year on year in the first three quarters of 2017, an increase of 0.2 percent above that of the corresponding period of last year.
 
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As political roller coasters go, there is none as steep and unpredictable as the one shared by the United States and Iran.
 
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In West Asia, the end of one war paves the way for the next. Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), has fallen to a coalition of rebels, the Syrian Democratic Forces that is backed by the United States.
 
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On “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”
 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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