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Mongolian horse, potatoes, and sperm whale’s tooth: A guide to gifting by world leaders
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Mongolian horse, potatoes, and sperm whale’s tooth: A guide to gifting by world leaders

There's a lot of thought that goes into diplomatic gifting. But there are times when leaders find themselves being bestowed with an odd present — a giant komodo dragon, even a torture video

Is Twitter dying?', asks Elon Musk citing inactivity on part of top 10 accounts on the platform
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Is Twitter dying?', asks Elon Musk citing inactivity on part of top 10 accounts on the platform

The social media company named Musk to the board on Tuesday after he disclosed he had acquired a more than nine per cent stake in the company, making him Twitter's largest shareholder

Madeleine Albright, first woman US secretary of state, dies at 84
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Madeleine Albright, first woman US secretary of state, dies at 84

Enveloped by a veil of family secrets hidden from her for most of her life, Albright rose to power and fame as a brilliant analyst of world affairs and a White House counsellor on national security

Former US president Barack Obama tests positive for COVID-19; urges people to get vaccinated
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Former US president Barack Obama tests positive for COVID-19; urges people to get vaccinated

The diagnosis makes Barack Obama the second US President known to contract the virus after then-President Donald Trump announced he tested positive in October 2020

Welcome, Willow! From Socks to Macroni, the pets who lived at the White House
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Welcome, Willow! From Socks to Macroni, the pets who lived at the White House

Joe Biden recently added Willow, a green-eyed tabby from Pennsylvania to the White House family, the first feline tenant since President George W Bush's controversially named India. Here's a look at the other presidential pets in America

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"My inspiration, my guiding light": Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey pay tribute to Sidney Poitier

"Sidney Poitier epitomised dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together. He also opened doors for a generation of actors," former President Barack Obama said on Twitter

Watch: Barack Obama's discussion with school kid about favourite book goes viral
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Watch: Barack Obama's discussion with school kid about favourite book goes viral

In the video clip, the former US president can be seen engrossing in conversation with the kid. He asked the girl if she had a favourite book, to which the girl said, “Green Eggs and Ham.” Obama and the little girl then recite some lines from the book.

How US airstrikes in its war on terror have a dark side of civilian casualties
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How US airstrikes in its war on terror have a dark side of civilian casualties

Sometimes, only seconds’ worth of footage was taken before a strike, hardly enough for investigators to assess civilians’ presence

Joe Biden picks John F Kennedy's daughter as US ambassador to Australia
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Joe Biden picks John F Kennedy's daughter as US ambassador to Australia

The 64-year-old previously served as ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017 under President Barack Obama

Barack Obama slams Russia, China for ‘dangerous lack of urgency’ on climate change
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Barack Obama slams Russia, China for ‘dangerous lack of urgency’ on climate change

Obama later Monday met with a dozen climate activists and urged them to keep up the public pressure despite any frustrations they may feel at governments' inaction

Modified India: Third decade begins for Narendra Modi in service of the nation
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Modified India: Third decade begins for Narendra Modi in service of the nation

Narendra Modi is a man with a mission and with a single-minded determination to transform India

When Indian PM and US President both claimed Indra Nooyi is one of theirs
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When Indian PM and US President both claimed Indra Nooyi is one of theirs

In her memoir, set to hit the bookstores next Tuesday, Nooyi describes the events that shaped her life from childhood to her becoming Pepsico CEO, a position from which she retired in 2018.

No boots on the ground but 20 years on, war on terror still grinds along
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No boots on the ground but 20 years on, war on terror still grinds along

The financial drain from a sprawling counterterrorism campaign has been vast, fueling the military’s budgets even years after major combat in Afghanistan and Iraq ended

Blood Brothers review: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X's old bond in new light
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Blood Brothers review: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X's old bond in new light

The Netflix documentary paints Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X as unhinged victims, rather than powerful narrators, of the black rage lining the periphery of America’s White Supremacist movement.

In storm-ravaged Louisiana, Joe Biden walks amid devastation to reassure citizens
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In storm-ravaged Louisiana, Joe Biden walks amid devastation to reassure citizens

Less than a week after Hurricane Ida battered the Gulf Coast, President Joe Biden walked the streets of a hard-hit Louisiana neighborhood on Friday

America's longest war of 20 years ends as last troops exit Afghanistan
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America's longest war of 20 years ends as last troops exit Afghanistan

The US failures were numerous and it only degraded but never defeated the Taliban and ultimately failed to build an Afghan military that could hold off the insurgents

India-US ties unlikely to be impacted but Afghanistan debacle spells the formal end of America’s unipolar moment in history
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India-US ties unlikely to be impacted but Afghanistan debacle spells the formal end of America’s unipolar moment in history

The Afghanistan debacle has dealt possibly a fatal blow to US power, prestige and influence

HBO docuseries on Barack Obama is an assiduously constructed study on former US president's clash of identities
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HBO docuseries on Barack Obama is an assiduously constructed study on former US president's clash of identities

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union has no qualms scrutinizing former US president's cultural authenticity as a Black leader, his political idealism, and his defiant diplomacy in the face of racial inequity.

'Welcome to 60+ young at heart club:' Anand Mahindra extends birthday wishes to Barack Obama
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'Welcome to 60+ young at heart club:' Anand Mahindra extends birthday wishes to Barack Obama

On the occasion of Obama's 60th birthday, businessman Anand Mahindra shared a picture of himself with the former US president. The photograph is over a decade old and was clicked in 2010 at Mumbai's Trident Hotel

Joe Biden nominates Indian-American Rashad Hussain, first Muslim as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
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Joe Biden nominates Indian-American Rashad Hussain, first Muslim as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Hussain, 41, is currently Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement at the National Security Council