⚡️President Donald Trump has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the US for talks later this year, the White House has announced, days after he faced a bipartisan backlash for his comments after his first summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki.

⚡️President Trump came under widespread criticism on Monday for not backing the American intelligence community’s assessment that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election won by him.

⚡️President Trump has invited President Putin to visit the U.S. in the autumn, his press secretary Sarah Sanders said as she tweeted that discussions for the visit were already under way.

Source: DtNext

⚡️Accused of helping to spur violence in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India, Facebook has said it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence and physical harm.

⚡️Currently, Facebook bans content that directly calls for violence but the new policy will cover fake news that has the potential to stir up physical harm, CNET reported late on Wednesday.

Source: DtNext. 

⚡️Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Moscow’s election meddling as “political games” that should not be permitted to interfere with US-Russia ties.

⚡️Asked in a Fox News interview about Mueller’s indictment Friday of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking Democratic Party computers in 2016, just three days before his summit with President Donald Trump, Putin said it was not his concern, but rather part of an “internal political struggle.” “I’m not interested in this issue a single bit,” he said, speaking through a translator.

Source: The Statesman. 

⚡️As Donald Trump prepared to travel to Moscow five years ago for the Miss Universe pageant, he wondered whether he would run into Vladimir Putin. “If so,” he wrote on Twitter, “will he become my new best friend?”

⚡️Today, as the Apprentice-host-turned-president gears up to meet with his ex-KGB Russian counterpart in Helsinki for their first summit, the world is asking a similar question.

⚡️Syria, election meddling and Ukraine will all be on the table in the talks, but much of the focus will be on the personal chemistry between the two men.

Source: Hindustan Times.

⚡️Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday urged his supporters to stand with him and “change the fate of the country”. In a video message tweeted by his daughter Maryam, the former premier said, “the country is at a critical juncture right now.”

(Source: Times of India).

⚡India’s Mukesh Ambani becomes Asia’s richest person, moves ahead of China’s Jack Ma: Report.
⚡️This year alone Mukesh Ambani has added 4 billion dollars to his piggy bank through increased productivity in petrochemicals and by jolting the telecom industry with the startup Reliance Jio Infocomm.

(Source: DtNext).

⚡️India’s first 2+2 dialogue with the US, which was postponed this month, would now take place in the first week of September, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday. Sitharaman said the agenda during the talks would be on developing and strengthening defence cooperation.

(Source: The Indian Express).

⚡A jury in the US on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay USD 4.69 billion in damages to 22 women and their families who had claimed the company’s talcum power products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

(Source: DtNext).

⚡️Amid political turmoil in Pakistan following sentencing former PM Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is lagging behind India in ‘various fields’ and asserted that ‘free and fair’ elections are the only way to bring the Islamic Republic back on track.

(Source: One India, ANI).

⚡️India is moving up in the coveted list of the world’s largest economies. According to World Bank data, last year, the country became the world’s sixth largest economy beating France. That’s indeed another good talking point for the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi as the 2019 poll campaigns approach. But, this muscle growth was bound to happen anyway due to India’s consistent growth pace over the years.

⚡️Consider this: Just in the last decade, India has doubled the size of its economy outpacing that of France. While India’s GDP has risen by an average 8.3 percent over the decade, that of France’s actually declined by 0.01 percent. To add more perspective, in the past 10 years India’s GDP grew by 116.3 percent (from $1.201 trillion in 2007 to $2.597 trillion in 2017) while France witnessed a 2.8 percent decline in GDP (from $2.657 trillion in 2007 to $2.583 trillion in 2017). Certainly, this tells us that India is gaining economic size consistently and is emerging as one of the powerhouses.

(Source: First Post).