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Top 10 world news: Biden raises tariffs on Chinese imports; Georgia adopts ‘foreign agents’ law; and more

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In the latest, Georgia’s parliament passed the highly controversial ‘foreign agents’ bill, despite weeks of often violent protests. The bill has been criticised for its resemblance to Russia’s repressive legislation used to stifle dissent. In other news, US President Joe Biden is increasing tariffs on $18 billion worth of Chinese imports in several key industries deemed vital to US national security. Separately, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) acknowledged that an aide of Arvind Kejriwal had “misbehaved” MP Swati Maliwal.

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Georgia’s parliament adopted the highly controversial ‘foreign agents’ bill, on Tuesday (May 14) despite weeks of, often violent, protests, which has been criticised for being similar to Russia’s repressive legislation used to silence dissent.

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In an effort to impede Beijing’s development of vital technology and give priority to US production, President Joe Biden is raising tariffs on $18 billion in Chinese imports in a few key industries that are considered critical to national security.

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The former United States President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer turned foe Michael Cohen returned to the witness stand, on Tuesday (May 14) amid the ongoing historic criminal trial of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. This comes a day after Cohen, a key witness, testified that the former president had personally authorised him to make hush money payment to a porn star weeks ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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Two French prison officers were killed in an ambush on a prison van near Rouen, Normandy on Tuesday (May 14). According to French media, an inmate who was being transported in the van escaped with the attackers.

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In a baffling statement, United States Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina) compared the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza to the US’ decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan during World War II and told Israel to “do whatever” to finish the military operation it has launched in the blockaded enclave. 

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In a key development aimed at bolstering tourism and connectivity between India and Cambodia, direct flights are set to commence between the two countries starting June 16. This move, facilitated by Cambodia’s Angkor Air will help in enhancing travel opportunities for both Indian tourists visiting Cambodia and Cambodian visitors exploring India.

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A day after former DCW chief Swati Maliwal reported an assault at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) acknowledged on Tuesday (May14) that an aide of the AAP leader had “misbehaved” with her. The party added that Kejriwal is aware of the incident and will take suitable action against the person involved.

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The Supreme Court stated on Tuesday that yoga guru Ramdev has “a lot of influence” and should “use it in the right way” during a hearing on the misleading Patanjali advertisements case. Additionally, the court postponed making a decision in the contempt proceedings brought against Ramdev, the company, and his aide Acharya Balkrishna.

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In an effort to rejuvenate its faltering economy, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif unveiled plans on Tuesday (May 14), to privatise all state-owned enterprises (SOEs), with the exception of strategic ones. This initiative is intended to alleviate the financial strain on the nation, which is facing significant economic challenges.

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The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday (May 14) granted bail to Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, observing that the trial is unlikely to end soon.

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