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US President Joe Biden invites 110 countries including India to virtual democracy summit



US President Joe Biden has invited 110 countries to a virtual summit on democracy on December 9-10. The summit excluded China, Turkey, and Russia, according to a list posted on the State Department website on Tuesday.

The list includes major Western allies of the US. It also includes India, Pakistan and Iraq.

The list includes Taiwan which is likely to increase tension between US and China. Turkey, a member of NATO, is also missing from the list.

In the South Asian region Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka have been excluded.

The Biden administration included Taiwan among the 110 invitees to its upcoming democracy summit, the State Department announced on Tuesday night, a move that’s intended to show solidarity with a key regional partner but risks angering China.

The online gathering is an event Joe Biden vowed to host while a candidate for president last year, with the goal of rallying like-minded countries around efforts to fight corruption and authoritarianism and advance human rights. 

The final list leaves out several ostensible U.S. partners such as Turkey, a member of NATO, underscoring the challenge the administration faced in pinning down the invitees.

Including Taiwan may be the most controversial decision the administration has made about the summit, even though the island does have one of Asia’s more vibrant and free-wheeling democracies. That’s because only a handful of nations — the U.S. not among them — recognize it as sovereign. 

China has assailed nations, companies and international organizations that treat the island as an independent entity. Most recently, Beijing downgraded ties with Lithuania’s government after Taiwan opened a diplomatic office in the Baltic nation. 

Taiwan’s inclusion follows a series of steps the Biden administration has taken in recent weeks to demonstrate its support for a key ally even as it seeks to ratchet down tensions with Beijing, which claims the self-governing island as its own territory. China has increased military flights near Taiwan and some analysts have warned that President Xi Jinping may be preparing for an invasion in coming years.

Biden’s planning for the summit has also proved to be a challenge as the administration has grappled with questions over which other countries to invite and which to leave out. The final guest list reflects that challenge: Invitees included Brazil, the Philippines and Poland, all countries that have seen democratic backsliding.

In the end, some countries that were invited appeared to be on the list more as an inducement to institute more democratic principles rather than because they fit neatly into the category of “democracy.” Angola, Pakistan and Serbia also made the list.

Another sore spot was the Middle East, where the U.S. struggled to find any invitees aside from Israel. In the end, Iraq was also included.

Biden has frequently characterized democracies’ battle against autocracies as an essential geopolitical challenge of the 21st century. In a speech to Congress in April, he said the U.S. must push back against Xi and other leaders who seek to show that their system of government is better for their people.

“He’s deadly earnest about becoming the most significant, consequential nation in the world,” Biden said at the time, referring to Xi. “He and others — autocrats — think that democracy can’t compete in the 21st century with autocracies because it takes too long to get consensus.”

Yet after developments, including former President Donald Trump’s continuing refusal to accept his re-election defeat and the January 6 attack on the Capitol by some of his supporters, critics have questioned the state of American democracy. 

The Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance issued a report Monday that said the U.S. “fell victim to authoritarian tendencies itself, and was knocked down a significant number of steps on the democratic scale.”


This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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KotOR remake release date, trailer, latest news



Ask people what the best Star Wars game of all time is and there is little doubt that the name you will hear the most is Knights of the Old Republic – or KotOR as we all call it for ease.

Being such a popular game, and with Star Wars all the rage again thanks in no small part to The Mandalorian, it came as little surprise to learn that we would be getting a KotOR remake and, if anything, the biggest surprise is that it has taken until now for it to happen.

And this is not just a touching up of the paint, this is a full-on remake from the ground up, so it should look incredible when we get to play it in glorious 4K HDR.

But when is the KotOR remake being released, and what changes are there to the gameplay? Here is everything you need to know!

When is the KotOR remake release date?

We will be making our return to around 4,000 years before the original Star Wars trilogy at some point, but don’t expect to be taking that trip any time soon. We do not have a release window yet, let alone a specific date, and with the team apparently still in the early stages of development, we would be surprised to see it this side of 2024 at the earliest.

What platforms can I get KotOR remake on?

The original KotOR was an Xbox exclusive. which makes it all the more jolting to learn that this will be a PlayStation and PC exclusive – at least at first.

The KotOR remake will be a timed exclusive and therefore should launch on other platforms after the time is up (which is normally 12 months). So Xbox will be getting it at some point, and there is the possibility of a Nintendo Switch release down the line too.

Can I pre-order KotOR remake?

Not yet! Fingers crossed we’ll be able to soon but, at the time of writing, there are no pre-order links available. As soon as that situation changes we will let you know right here.

KotOR remake story

Here is the official synopsis for the game, should you need your mind refreshed:

KOTOR, which is part of Legends storytelling, dials the Star Wars clock back to over 4,000 years before the Skywalker saga. The Galactic Republic is at its height and has just been through a major war. Jedi are plentiful, but so are the Sith, and the evil Darth Malak leads a growing legion of dark warriors. Players will go on an epic adventure and, along the way, visit different worlds, amass a party of memorable beings, and uncover their own mysterious past.

KotOR remake trailer

There certainly is a KotOR remake trailer and here it is for you to watch right now!

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Ludhiana: No positive case of Covid-19 was reported in the district on Wednesday.
According to the health department officials, the district’s case count is 87,664 and the toll tally is 2,110.
The health department teams collected 1,060 samples on the day.


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