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Netanyahu removes joint photo with Trump on Twitter

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu changed his cover photo on Twitter, replacing a picture with outgoing US President Donald Trump with the one in which he is being vaccinated against Covid-19.

A joint photo of the two leaders, with Netanyahu sitting next to Trump at a White House meeting, has long been on the prime minister’s official Twitter account @netanyahu. The photo was seen as a sign of friendship and close ties between Israel and the Trump-led US administration.

The removal came after the relations between the two leaders deteriorated after Netanyahu officially congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on the latter’s victory in the November presidential election.

The new picture on Netanyahu’s Twitter profile says “Citizens of Israel, we are returning to life.” No comment on the cover photo’s replacement was given on his account.

Meanwhile, Trump has been blocked on all major social platforms following the January 6 unrest in the US Capitol, when a group of his supporters stormed the building, clashing with police, damaging property, seizing the inauguration stage and occupying the rotunda.

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NYT editor resigns over controversial article

New York: The New York Times’ editorial page editor James Bennet has resigned following public furor over the publishing of an op-ed piece calling for military forces to quell anti-racism protests.

The article was written by Tom Cotton, a Donald Trump loyalist and a junior senator for Arkansas.

Titled, Send in the Troops, the article called for Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 and use military force against citizens to suppress unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The newspaper had initially stood by the publication but then said the article “did not meet” its standards, the BBC reported.

The article’s publication also led to widespread criticism within the NYT newsroom. Over 800 staff members signed a letter of protest to senior editors and the company’s executives, arguing that Cotton’s article contained misinformation.

Bennet later apologized and admitted that he had not read the piece before its publication.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been protesting in recent weeks against racism and police brutality.

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Biden berates ‘narcissist’ Trump

Washington: Mounting one of his most scathing attacks against Donald Trump, former US Vice President Joe Biden said the President’s narcissism has become more important than the nation’s well-being.

“He thinks division helps him,” Biden said in a speech at Philadelphia’s City Hall. “This narcissism has become more important than the nation’s well-being.”

Bashing Trump’s handling of the riots in the country following the murder of an African-American George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said: “the American people can be forgiven for believing that the president is more interested in power than in principle, more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of the people in his care.”

Biden’s comments came after police used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters near the White House so that Trump, after finishing a speech during which he threatened to send in the military to quell the escalating chaos, could visit the St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he stood for a photo op.

Taking further digs at Trump for brandishing the Bible outside St John’s Church, Biden said the US President could have “learned something” from it rather than posing with it.

Protests over the death of George Floyd have escalated over the past week.

Dozens of people have been injured as authorities used tear gas and force to disperse protests which have swept more than 75 cities.

Four officers meanwhile were shot and injured on Monday night during unrest in St Louis, Missouri.

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Trump threatens military action to quell violence

New York: With unrest and protests raging on in the US over George Floyd’s killing, President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the military if state officials failed to contain protest violence.

Over a dozen cities came under curfew on June 1 after being rocked by a night of looting that stretched into the day. However, hundreds defied the 11 pm curfew in New York and started looting shops, many of them selling luxury goods.

“If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the US military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump said on Monday.

“We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now,” Trump said in his address while the police fired smoke devices outside to push protesters back from the White House.

A section of the protesters had turned to violence directed against not only police and government offices but also against businesses, many of them immigrant-owned small retail outlets.

In New York state’s capital Albany, Indian-American liquor shop owner Hari Kumar had his business broken into and looted. He told the local NBC-affiliated TV station that tens of thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise were taken from his store.

“Half of my life’s earnings is gone,” he said. “We didn’t deserve this. Have mercy on us guys.”                                   

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called Trump’s decision “shameful”. “The president is calling out the American military against American citizens… Shameful,” he tweeted.

Trump had tweeted last week when the first wave of attacks on businesses began, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”.

More than 5,600 people nationwide have been arrested over the past week for such offences as stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew, according to media reports.

What began as a protest against the death of an African-American man, George Floyd under police custody Minneapolis on May 25, has spiralled into a nationwide movement against police brutality.

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