Ireland gets coalition government, Leo Varadkar to return as PM in 2022

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 1,546 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Leo Varadkar, the outgoing prime minister of Ireland, will now be the deputy prime minister under a new coalition government from Saturday headed by Micheal Martin, and return as the prime minister in 2022 under the power-sharing arrangement. Varadkar, 41, became a caretaker prime minister after no party won a majority in the February 8 election. The process of government formation was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Three parties have now agreed to form the coalition government. They are Varadkar’s Fine Gael party, Martin’s…

China’s Xi Jinping uses trade to coerce compliance with diktats: US NSA O’Brien

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 1,489 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has alleged that in addition to propaganda and influence operations, China uses trade to “coerce” compliance with its diktats. The top Trump administration official, in his address to a group of people at Phoenix in Arizona, said that China’s efforts to control the mind of people residing beyond its borders is well underway. “In addition to propaganda and influence operations, the Chinese Communist Party uses trade to coerce compliance with its dictates,” O’Brien said, according to a White House transcript released…

Satellite image: Iran blast struck by suspected missile site

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 1,456 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ An explosion that rattled Iran’s capital came from an area in its eastern mountains that analysts believe hides an underground tunnel system and missile production sites, satellite photographs showed Saturday. What exploded in the incident early Friday that sent a massive fireball into the sky near Tehran remains unclear, as does the cause of the blast. The unusual response of the Iranian government in the aftermath of the explosion, however, underscores the sensitive nature of an area near where international inspectors believe the Islamic Republic…

West Indies’ Joseph hopes England treat him as ‘weaker link’

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 521 total views “Not a ‘weaker link’ – West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. ©AFP” /> London (AFP) – Alzarri Joseph hopes it will work to his advantage if England treat him as the “weaker link” of the West Indies’ pace attack during next month’s Test series. The 23-year-old is the junior member of a fast bowling line-up that also includes captain Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel. “Well obviously those three guys have a lot more experience than I do,” Joseph, who has played just nine Tests, told a…

Ten players left off Pakistan’s England tour over virus: cricket board

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 485 total views “Teenage batsman Haider Ali failed a second coronavirus test and is one of 10 players left off Pakistan’s squad for the tour of England. ©AFP” /> Karachi (AFP) – Pakistan’s cricket team will leave for its tour of England on Sunday without 10 players who tested positive for coronavirus at least once this week, the country’s cricket board said Saturday. The board chief executive Wasim Khan said the players left behind can rejoin the squad of 18 players once they have taken two negative tests. Shadab Khan, Haris…