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On May 5 the Supreme Court unanimously removed lower house Speaker Eduardo Cunha, third in line to succeed President Rousseff, who had presided over the April vote, from his post. He was the first Brazilian lawmaker to be punished for corruption in the ongoing Petrobras scandal. Senate leader Renan Calheiros, of the same (PMDB) party, who presided over the May 12 vote, took his place in the succession line-up, but is also under investigation by the Supreme Court. President Temer, head of the PMDB, faces charges of exceeding campaign donation limits in 2014 and allegations of corruption.

 
 
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Donald Trump is nonsensically backtracking on his supposed hatred of Mexico in a brazen effort to win over America's 55m Hispanic voters. Sure, he's called them all rapists and threatened to deport their family members - but that whole mess was probably just a misunderstanding

 

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first woman head of state, has cleared her office at the Palácio do Planalto after a special Senate session voted to put her on an impeachment trial. 

 
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Never before has a presidential campaign in the US generated so much puzzlement, concern, and even dread worldwide. In every corner of the planet governments and political analysts keep asking: what is Donald Trump actually up to? Does he actually mean what he says on the stump? Or is it just devilish demagoguery expertly capturing the mood of segments of the US public and playing with it? And how did he end up being the unstoppable Republican nominee for the presidency, defying all the rules of conventional wisdom? What does it say about America today, looking at the mirror image that Bernie Sanders' resilience offers on the Democratic side - as both have the same basic message: "We are fed up with the status quo and with the establishment that has been keeping it that way, to our detriment"?

 
 

The unpredictable and unthinkable has finally happened. Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and former TV star, has become the first person in modern US history with no political experience whatsoever, to effectively clinch a major party’s nomination. He will likely take on Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party in the November general election.

The campaign to become US president is the longest job interview anywhere in the world. American elections are essentially held twice over during a cycle that can last nearly two years. In the first, candidates from each party run in the so-called primaries where they contest 50 different elections across the 50 states, staggered over a period of nearly six months.

 
 
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There is a coercive 'common sense' building up around Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency. Now that Donald Trump is the Republican Party's presumptive nominee and Bernie Sanders's campaign for the nomination seems to have run its course, Hillary is being cast as the standard-bearer not just of the Democratic Party but of liberal causes more generally.

 
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Shortly before John Kasich dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, leaving US presidential hopeful Donald Trump as the only candidate, the Ohio Governor put up a spoof video on the Internet. Modeled on the old-fashioned intro that scrolls up the screen at the start of each Star Wars movie, it envisioned a future in which Trump won the candidacy, lost the presidential election, and left Hillary Clinton triumphant.

 
 
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The most important factor behind the recent stabilisation of the Chinese economy seems to be the sharp turnaround in real estate investment. Investment in real estate was up 6.2 per cent in Q1 2016, after rising just one per cent in 2015. Coming into 2016, most analysts had predicted a decline in real estate fixed asset investment with new construction starts down 20 per cent and property sales volumes down three to five per cent. This negative view was based on the high inventories of unsold housing as well as the excesses in commercial real estate. 

 
 
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First came China's 'technical hold' on the recent Indian move at the UN to declare Pakistan's Masood Azhar a terrorist. Next, the curious incident of India's grant of a visa to Uighur dissident Dolkun Isa (wanted under an Interpol 'red-corner' notice) only to revoke it within days. The oft-mentioned term 'trust deficit' seems an inadequate explanation to explain the sudden downward spiral in Sino-Indian relations. Perhaps we need to reflect more deeply about how India should manage this complex and multi-layered relationship.

 
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It wasn’t geography but guns that established China’s chokehold on major transnational river systems in Asia

 


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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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