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Tuesday, June 28 2022


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I'm confident that Moscow, President Putin, understands our collective security guarantees, understands the consequence of attacking a NATO-allied country. It will trigger a response from the whole Alliance. And to underpin that message, we are increasing the NATO presence.

That’s what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said while announcing a massive expansion in NATO troops that will be in a state of “high readiness.” The number will jump from 40,000 troops to over 300,000 troops. Stoltenberg says “the new military blueprint” will “drastically upgrade” the defences along the east—i.e next to Russia and its allies.

 

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Big Story

The bizarre arrest of Mohammed Zubair

The TLDR: The co-founder of the fact-checking website Alt News was arrested on charges of hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity—for a 2018 tweet that references an old Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie. It marks a rare escalation against an English-language news site and journalist—who are typically charged but almost never thrown in jail.


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Headlines That Matter

  • Splainer is hiring!
  • Shiv Sena rebels get a break
  • Russia’s big default on debt 
  • The G7 summit is taking aim at China
  • Blinkit weighs down Zomato
  • Indian founders in the Web3 business are leaving the country
  • Viruses ‘hitchhike’ on plastic

 

Sanity Break

  • Eminem X Snoop Dogg  X The Bored Ape Yacht Club

 

A list of intriguing reads

  • Marilyn Monroe reimagined in today’s fashion
  • A hotel in the sky that can stay afloat for years at a time! 
  • An auto-rickshaw with a mini-garden on top to keep its occupants cool
  • The hottest boozy trend in London: vegetable martinis
 

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