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Pentagon-Trump at odds over use of military against protesters

Washington: President Donald Trump’s Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using troops to quell protests across the United States Wednesday, then reversed course on pulling part of the 82nd Airborne Division off standby in an extraordinary clash between the US military and its commander in chief. Both Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper also drew stinging, rare public criticism …

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Aus PM Morrison praises ‘new level’ bilateral cooperation with India

Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday described the comprehensive strategic partnership with India as a “new level” of bilateral cooperation based on trust and complemented Prime Minister Narendra Modi for playing an “important part” in “stabilising” the Indo-Pacific region during the difficult times. The two leaders during their first virtual bilateral summit discussed a range of issues including …

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Protests get calmer across US; tougher charge filed against cop

Minneapolis: Demonstrations in cities across the US to condemn racism and police abuses remained large but turned notably more subdued on the eve of a Thursday memorial service for George Floyd that kicks off a series of events to mourn the man whose death empowered a national movement. The calmer protests came on the same day that prosecutors charged three …

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Aus PM Morrison praises ‘new level’ bilateral cooperation with India

Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday described the comprehensive strategic partnership with India as a “new level” of bilateral cooperation based on trust and complemented Prime Minister Narendra Modi for playing an “important part” in “stabilising” the Indo-Pacific region during the difficult times. The two leaders during their first virtual bilateral summit discussed a range of issues including …

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Mahatma Gandhi statue vandalised in Washington

Washington: Unknown miscreants have vandalised the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Indian embassy in the US with graffiti and spray painting, prompting the mission to register a complaint with the local law enforcement agencies. Vandalism of the statue of the apostle of peace happened during the week of nationwide protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in …

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HCQ may not prevent COVID-19 illness if exposed to coronavirus: Study

Toronto: The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine may not prevent COVID-19 illness or stop novel coronavirus infection when used as preventive medicine within four days after exposure to the virus, according to a study. Scientists, including those from the McGill University in Canada, assessed whether the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) can prevent symptomatic infection after exposure to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is unknown. …

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Hong Kong outlaws insulting China’s national anthem

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill on Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. The bill was passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting against. Most of the pro-democracy lawmakers boycotted the vote out of protest. …

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Protests in US cities take a peaceful turn after days of violence

AP Washington Protests were largely peaceful and the nation’s streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off demonstrations that at times brought violence and destruction along with pleas to stop police brutality and injustice against African Americans. There were scattered reports of looting in New York City overnight, and as of …

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Biden accuses Trump of destablising democracy

PTI Washington Accusing the US President of fanning the flames of hate for political gain following the custodial killing of George Floyd, Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden has said that Donald Trump was preening and sweeping away all the guardrails that have long protected the American democracy. The US is in the midst of the biggest civic unrest in …

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