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Friday, August 14 2020


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One person told the youths escorting me that they were doing injustice to their religion by protecting Naveen’s mother. The locals warned the mob that no woman or child should be touched… I was literally carried across our compound to the next building. In less than a minute, our building was set on fire.

That’s Jayanthi, the mother of the person whose Facebook post triggered the riot in Bangalore. Naveen—nephew of Congress MLA Akhand Srinivas Murthy—allegedly made derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad, which sparked attacks on the MLA’s house and that of his sister, Jayanthi. She was rescued by a group of Muslim men who arrived at her doorstep to escort her to safety. Illustration: Parth Savla.

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UAE and Israel strike ‘historic’ agreement

The TLDR: In an agreement brokered by President Trump, the two countries have opened the door normalising relations. This makes UAE the first Gulf Arab country to establish diplomatic ties with Israel. It is only the third such Israel-Arab deal since its independence in 1948—the other two being Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994). But there are some indications that the surprise announcement may be more a PR exercise than a genuine diplomatic breakthrough. Others insist that it offers reason for “cautious optimism.”

 

Tell me about this deal

The agreement was first announced by Trump who called it "a truly historic moment"—with Israel and UAE following suit. It establishes full diplomatic relations; the exchange of embassies; and normal trade ties between the two countries. In the coming weeks, they are expected to sign a flurry of bilateral agreements around investment, technology, security etc. 

 

But the announcement papered over a key and very thorny issue: The West Bank.

 

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