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It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world”. This line from the 1970s British pop song might well have been written to capture “the shook up” mood in Britain, a month after it voted to leave the EU, triggering a bizarre sequence of events that should finally lay to rest the myth of civility and timidity in British politics.

 
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“In the Temple of Solomon and the portico”, wrote the chronicler Raymond d’Aguilers, witnessing the capture of Jerusalem in 1099, “crusaders rode in blood to the knees and bridles of their horses”.

 

 
 
Then another teen armed with a gun and rucksack full of ammunition, who killed 10 people — mostly teenagers — in Munich and committed suicide. Next, a 21-year-old jilted lover in Reutlingen who slaughtered a woman with a machete and grievously injured two others before being overpowered.   
 
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It is often said the Palestinian liberation struggle was a rock that was thrown into still water. 

 
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Is the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) starting a new Cold War? Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeir thinks so. He has accused recent Nato exercises on Russia’s borders as “sabre rattling and war-mongering”. And a Nato summit in Warsaw firmed up a battle group of 4,000 new troops in Poland and in each of the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and took command of a US-built nuclear shield in Europe.

IS the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) starting a new Cold War? Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeir thinks so. He has accused recent Nato exercises on Russia’s borders as “sabre rattling and war-mongering”. And a Nato summit in Warsaw firmed up a battle group of 4,000 new troops in Poland and in each of the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and took command of a US-built nuclear shield in Europe.

 
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Shakespeare in Julius Caesar speaks for the rationalists: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/But in ourselves, that we are underlings”. Coming weeks, months and years will tell who is right.Shakespeare in Julius Caesar speaks for the rationalists: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/But in ourselves, that we are underlings”. Coming weeks, months and years will tell who is right.

Shakespeare in Julius Caesar speaks for the rationalists: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/But in ourselves, that we are underlings”. Coming weeks, months and years will tell who is right.

 
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Though Brexit is the latest threat to globalisation, as chief economic advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian pointed out at the India Policy Forum Lecture on Tuesday, the seeds of the destruction of the era of hyper-globalisation—exports-to-GDP rose to over 25% in 2008 as compared to 18% in the 1980s boom—lay in the fact that this phase coincided with what he called the weakening West and the rising rest. 

 

The ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague against China’s claim on the South China Sea in a case brought before the court by the Philippines should prima facie have remained a bilateral matter between the litigants.

 
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The writing on the wall is clear: internet and social media have exposed the people to the outside world beyond China's Great Wall, so now they will demand more freedom the way others are enjoying across the world

 
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The commencement of operations on the International North-South Transport Corridor project — connecting Bandar Abbas port in Iran to St Petersburg in European Russia — is of great import to India.

 
 


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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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Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Pence who offered thanks for the rescue of an American hostage, her Canadian husband and three children, the Prime Minister's office said.
 
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Ruskin Bond’s first novel ‘Room on the Roof’ describes in vivid detail how life in the hills around Dehradun used to be. Bond, who is based in Landour, Mussoorie, since 1963, captured the imagination of countless readers as he painted a picture of an era gone by.
 
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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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Braid-chopping incidents have added to the already piled up anxieties of Kashmiris. Once again they are out on the streets, to give vent to their anger. A few persons, believed to be braid-choppers were caught hold by irate mobs at various places. They were beaten to pulp.
 
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The report delivered by Xi Jinping at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) declared that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and the CPC has drawn up a two-stage development plan to develop China into a "great modern socialist country" by 2050.
 
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The capture of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, by U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab troops this week is a crushing blow to the group.
 
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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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