Samyak Jain

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Tim Cook Told Donald Trump China Tariffs Are 'Not the Right Approach' in Recent Meeting

Apple CEO Tim Cook conducted a private meeting with United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday, April 25, where the discussion was said to be focused "on trade." Following a recent interview with <i>Bloomberg Television</i>, Cook divulged more details about the meeting, mentioning that the two men …

Family photo becomes new picture of militancy in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In the photo, the mother rests one hand on her youngest son's arm. Two little sisters in the front hold flowers against matching red head scarves. Dad stands in the back next to the oldest son who has already outgrown him. The six are dressed in happy prints and colors — a …

Beware the chameleon strongmen of Europe | Natalie Nougayrède

The danger of leaders like Viktor Orbán and Aleksandar Vučić isn’t just ideology but the ruthlessness with which they exploit public opinion<p>Two weeks before securing his latest electoral victory, Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, travelled to the northern Serbian town of Subotica to meet his …

The Evolution of Hyperrealism: From Religious Paintings to Simulated Reality

As with any artistic movement, the evolution of <b>Hyperrealism</b> can only be told in relation to the other influential art styles that preceded it. Hyperrealism traces its roots back through <b>Photorealism</b>, and <b>Realism</b> before that, sharing many of the same artistic traits, yet, its own distinct individual …

Art

What Did You Do in the Trade War, Daddy?

There is a problem with China. But what the U.S. is doing to solve it won’t work.<p>While Donald Trump has diverted his attention to other matters, here are some questions and answers to bear in mind, when he is back to talking about winning a trade war.<p><b>Q.</b> Is there a “China problem” to be dealt …

China

The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Photos From a Century Ago

One hundred years ago, an outbreak of influenza spread rapidly across the world, and killed more than 50 million—and possibly as many as 100 million—people within 15 months. The speed of the pandemic was shocking; the numbers of dead bodies overwhelmed hospitals and cemeteries. Quarantine centers, …

Disease

The art of war: the artist who sketches under cover at arms fairs

At weapons fairs, 'the men are the ones doing business and the women are giving out champagne'<p>Among the sea of pinstripes at international arms fairs, Jill Gibbon doesn’t stand out. In her dark skirt suit, cream silk blouse, glasses and pearls, she looks every bit the global security expert she …

BAE Systems

This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World

As a young reporter in Eastern Europe in 2001, I expected to witness the “end of history” and the flowering of democracy. That was just one of the mistakes I made.<p><b>The end of</b> <b>history — that is, the American 1990s —</b> came for a handful of reporters in Belarus, where the big story of Sept. 10, 2001, was …

Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse

Set in the final days of the Third Reich, “All for Nothing” is a tale of national and personal defeat.<p>Imagine, for a moment, a German novel about the final months of the Second World War, an epic tale of national collapse and shameful private defeat, the ruined landscape ribboned with refugees. Now …

Literature

Does This Picture Prove God Exposed Himself to Ancient Jews?

A “portrait” uncovered decades ago from a 3,000 year old archeological site in the Sinai Desert provides evidence that early Jewish worshippers …

Archaeology

You won't believe the incredible armoured trains of World War I and World War II

This early Polish train, Smialy, is one of the most famous of the era. The rotating turret on the front helped clear out anything that got in the way.<p>…

War

Did God Have a Wife—And a Tail?

A controversial new claim out of a dig in the Sinai has deemed an ancient image to depict a well-endowed Yahweh (or having a tail) with a wife at his …

Inside Gaza: ‘these are people with nothing to lose’

A Palestinian video journalist was among the nine people killed during the ‘Great March of Return’<p>Hashem Zakout should have been at his local hospital yesterday doing the voluntary work as a clerk that he hopes will lead to a paid full-time job. Instead the 24-year-old was a patient in the …

Israel

Criticism of Israel and antisemitism | Letters

<b>Stephen Sedley</b> and <b>John Spencer</b> take issue with the Israeli ambassador<p>The Israeli ambassador’s letter (6 April) is a good example of how Israel and its apologists seek to dismiss legitimate criticism by conflating it with antisemitism.<p>Rather than acknowledge, much less deal with, the grounds on …

Exceptional poetry in Charles Dickens’ work? | Brief letters

Bone church in Rome | AA sales tactics | Xiaolu Guo’s books | Pet Corner | Italian post<p>Your article (Bone store sees the light, 2 April) reminded me of my first, and last, visit to the ossuary of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini in Rome, where the bones of thousands of friars “decorate” …

'Grandad, I’ve got this homework essay on the ​first world ​war'

Historian Clifford Williams, whose grandfather fought at the Battle of Amiens, is travelling to France for a service in memory of the decisive conflict<p>It was a schoolboy history assignment half a century ago that led Clifford Williams to first ask his grandfather about “the war”.<p>Albert Williams, …

Syria and Russia accuse Israel of missile attack on Assad airbase

Russian military says Israeli F-15 warplanes carried out strikes from Lebanese airspace<p>Israeli warplanes bombed a Syrian regime airbase east of the city of Homs, the Russian and Syrian militaries have said.<p>The Russian military said two Israeli F-15 jets carried out the strikes from Lebanese …

Syria gas attack: Theresa May condemns 'barbaric' targeting of civilians

Assad regime and Russia must be held to account if they were behind Douma attack, says PM<p>Theresa May has said the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and his Russian backers must be held to account if found responsible for the chemical attack that killed dozens of people<p>The prime minister did not …

Israel has launched countless strikes in Syria. What's new is Russia's response

Once cordial relations are breaking down amid Israeli fears that Moscow is failing to control Iran and its proxies<p>Russia’s decision to out Israel as being responsible for the attack on a Syrian regime airbase east of Homs marks a breakdown in the previously cordial relations between the Israeli …

Middle East

Dark times for Syria, the UN and the west | Letters

No country comes out from the Syrian hell with any credit, says <b>Chris Doyle</b> as readers react to recent articles by Simon Jenkins, Patrick Wintour and Matthew d’Ancona<p>Just what sort of victory does Simon Jenkins believe that President Assad is going to get (Only Assad’s victory will end Syria’s civil …

Saudi Crown Prince: Iran's Supreme Leader 'Makes Hitler Look Good'

In a wide-ranging conversation, Prince Mohammed bin Salman also recognized the Jewish people’s right to “their own land.”<p>This much, at least, can be said for Mohammed bin Salman, the putatively reformist crown prince of Saudi Arabia: He has made all the right enemies. Among those who would …

The Gap Between Trump's Tweets and Reality

The president’s latest tirade—on immigration policy, NAFTA, and U.S. relations with Mexico—reveals a policy founded on misunderstandings, half-truths, untruths, and contradictions.<p>President Trump’s prolific comments on social media and elsewhere, along with his improvisatory approach, mean that …

Immigration

Assad Defies Another American President

The Syrian strongman saw the red line on sarin as a green light to do everything else.<p>Nearly one year ago exactly, American cruise missiles rained down on a Syrian airbase from which a deadly chemical attack had been launched against defenseless civilians. Now, one year later, mass murder and …

Middle East

The Logic of Assad's Brutality

No meaningful American response will be forthcoming, no matter how hideous the war crime.<p>Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, might have great contempt for the sanctity of human life, but he is not a reckless strategist. Since 2011, he has prosecuted an uncompromising war against his own …

Middle East

The Strange Geography of the Latest Syria Strike

Israel is said to be behind the attack on the T4 airbase where Iran is active.<p>The Syrian civil war has fast become the Syrian war: Russia and the Assad regime accused Israel Monday of striking a military airport where Iran is known to operate, reportedly killing 14 people. The assault came a day …

Middle East

What Is America Going to Do About Syria Now?

After the latest suspected chemical attack, the United States has four options.<p>Donald Trump says there will be a “big price to pay” for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons in the rebel-controlled town of Douma outside Damascus. But what exactly could that mean? …

The Terrible Cost of Obama's Failure in Syria

The atrocities keep coming.<p>Four years ago, it almost looked as if chemical attacks on Syrian civilians would stop. “We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out,” declared then-Secretary of State John Kerry on <i>Meet the Press</i> in 2014. Kerry was referring to Bashar al-Assad’s …

Middle East

China: Spies, Lies and Blackmail

How China controls its citizens inside and outside the country where no criticism or dissent is allowed.<p>China not only controls its citizens at home - but also those abroad.<p>There's increasing evidence anyone who displeases Chinese authorities will be targeted.<p>Their crimes can include sharing emails …