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Vice-President Harris meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met with Vice-President Kamela Harris at a security summit in the United States

The historic meeting is the first time an Indian Prime Minister has met with the highest ranking Indian-American politician, and the first time Prime Minister Modi and Vice President Harris have met.

Vice-President Harris is the first South East Asian to hold the office in the United States, as well as the first woman.

While Harris condemned Modi during the 2019 presidential campaign for revoking Kashmir’s autonomous status, she instead encouraged cooperation between the two countries during public remarks before a private meeting between the two.

“it is imperative that we defend democratic principles and institutions within our respective countries,” Vice-President Harris said. 

Vice-President Harris also praised India for producing vaccines for the Asian and African continents.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Vice-President Harris on her election win before inviting her to visit India in the future during their meeting, and praised her for a positive phone call between the two during India’s deadly which killed more than 200,000 people.

“The people of India are waiting for you,” Modi said.

Modi will meet with US president Joe Biden for the first time during his three day trip, which finishes on Friday. The meeting will also be attended by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and leaders from Japan.

There are currently more than 4 million Indian-Americans living in the United States, and they are one of the fastest growing populations groups in the country.

Bilateral cooperation between India and the United States of America has been a focus for the US government in recent years, with India being viewed as a key strategic ally in countering China’s growing influence in the region.

Vice-President Harris’ ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram celebrated her 2020 election win with fireworks and marching through the streets.

-By Parker McKenzie

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Fears of a coup as military force arrests Sudanese leaders

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Unidentified Sudanese military forces have reportedly arrested four cabinet ministers and one civilian

There are also reports that the military have surrounded the house of the country’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, as the leader remains in house arrest.

It comes as the PM warns that Sudan is facing the “worst crisis” of its transition to civilian rule following the removal of its long-time ruler more than two years ago.

The remarks on Friday come as the country reels from deep divisions among the civilian and military political factions that have been leading its transition under an August 2019 power-sharing deal with the aim of leading the country towards free and fair elections.

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction

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A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attractive interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Ship spews toxic gas off Canada’s coast

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Sixteen people have been evacuated as fire rages onboard the Zim Kingston container ship off the coast of Canada

The vessel was en route to Vancouver when it caught fire on Saturday, and has since been expelling toxic gas which officials say is not a risk to people on land.

The coast guard reported the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kg of chemicals located in two of the ten containers that caught fire.

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said. It added that 10 containers had been affected by the fire.

“Currently there is no safety risk to people on shore, however the situation will continue to be monitored,” it said.

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