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Trump meets with Hungary’s far-right prime minister; Sri Lanka imposes its third social media ban following the Easter bombings.

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Trump welcomes Hungary’s authoritarian chief


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  • President Trump welcomed Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White Home at present, and a few are anxious that the president is including one other authoritarian to his listing of allies. [NYT / Benjamin Novak and Patrick Kingsley]
  • The Trump administration has characterised the assembly as a strategic try to reengage with Central European nations as Russia and China try to intrude within the area. [NPR / Joanna Kakissis]
  • Orbán is a controversial determine due to his makes an attempt to erode democracy in Hungary, comparable to blocking unbiased media and placing limits on elections. He’s additionally staunchly anti-immigrant and has erected a fence to maintain migrants out. [Bloomberg / Margaret Talev and Zoltan Simon]
  • Orbán’s final assembly with a US president was with Invoice Clinton, and again then, he was nonetheless a younger centrist. Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have each averted conferences with Orbán. [PBS / Layla Quran]
  • Some have expressed considerations that Trump is welcoming one other chief that additional isolates him from America’s conventional, extra liberal, allies in Europe. [CNN / Kevin Liptak]
  • Orbán’s “smooth fascism” — a system that stomps out dissent with out taking laborious measures — is also a chilling guideline for Trump and the GOP if their need for energy trumps their respect for democracy, Vox’s Zack Beauchamp writes. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp]

Violence in Sri Lanka sparks a social media ban and curfew

  • Sri Lanka blocked social media for the third time for the reason that Easter bombings, and imposed a nighttime curfew following incidents of anti-Muslim violence. [BBC]
  • It’s been three weeks since Islamist militants focused Sri Lanka on Easter to set off bombs that killed greater than 200 individuals. Since then, non secular tensions have been rising, and anti-Muslim riots have been occurring for the previous two days. [CNN / Rishi Iyengar]
  • The federal government will quickly ban apps comparable to Fb, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Viber (a preferred messaging app within the nation) in hope of curbing hate messages and false info. A nationwide curfew can be imposed from 9 pm to four am. [UPI / Ed Adamczyk]
  • The brand new restrictions observe a sequence of violent incidents towards Muslims in components of North Western Province, which embrace assaults on mosques and injury to retailers and companies run by Muslim house owners. [Reuters / Alexandra Ulmer and Omar Rajarathnam]
  • Authorities imagine the assaults have been sparked partially by a Fb publish from a Muslim shopkeeper. Native Christians from his city of Chilaw, who interpreted the publish as an indication of imminent violence, sacked the person’s store and vandalized a close-by mosque. [Guardian / Michael Safi]
  • Some have praised the nation’s efforts to close down the unfold of misinformation by social media throughout hectic instances. However others have expressed concern that the nation, which is already extremely restrictive of the media, is increasing its attain to social media as effectively. [BuzzFeed News / Pranav Dixit]
  • Persons are additionally stating how this incident suits in into the troubling development of violence towards Muslims following the Easter bombings. [Al Jazeera]

Miscellaneous

  • An Australian college’s library was evacuated after workers thought a pungent scent indicated a gasoline leak. Seems the wrongdoer was durian, a really smelly however scrumptious fruit. [CNN / Jack Guy]
  • Electrical scooters are a enjoyable method to get across the metropolis. They’ve additionally led to lots of of accidents, each large and small. [Chicago Tribune / Mary Wisniewski]
  • Scientists have lengthy thought that the radiation from the Chernobyl catastrophe wreaked havoc on the wildlife surrounding the realm. There are rising voices, nevertheless, that declare the opposite: The ecosystem appears to be thriving in a land fully void of humanity. [Wired / Adam Rogers]
  • A Danish politician determined to achieve out to constituents by taking out adverts on a slightly unconventional platform: Pornhub. [Politico / Paul Dallison]
  • With simply 80,000 koalas remaining in Australia, the Australian Koala Basis says the species is “functionally extinct” and liable to not having the ability to maintain future generations. [Newsweek / Christine Adams-Hosking]

Verbatim

“I do know he’s a troublesome man however he’s a revered man. Most likely, like me, a bit bit controversial, however that’s OK. That’s OK.” [President Trump on Hungary’s Prime Minsiter Viktor Orbán throughout a photograph op earlier than talks started this morning]


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