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Morning Brief: Setback for Trump, India rejects Chinese objection and more

Donald Trump received a blow Thursday (December 1) as an appeals court rejected his efforts to block prosecutors from reviewing thousands of government documents at his Florida home. Separately, US President Joe Biden said on Thursday he was open to talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but only if he wants to end the war. Finally, India on Thursday dismissed China’s objection to the joint Indo-US military exercise near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Uttarakhand’s Auli.

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The federal appeals court in Atlanta, Georgia, unanimously overturned an earlier order by a Florida judge to appoint a “special master” to review documents seized at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach in August, blocking the Justice Department from using them in its investigation into Trump’s behavior in the documents case.

At a joint press conference, Biden said: “I am ready to speak with Mr. Putin if there is in fact an interest in him deciding that he is looking for a way to end the war. . He hasn’t done it yet.”

“If so, in consultation with my French and NATO friends, I will be happy to sit down with Putin to see what he has in mind. He hasn’t yet.”

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the joint exercises with the United States in Auli had nothing to do with the 1993 and 1996 agreements with China.

“But since these were raised by the Chinese side, I must stress that the Chinese side must think and reflect on its own violation of the 1993 and 1996 agreements,” Bagchi said.

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