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In this week, Foreign policy interviewed Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti about his hopes for talks with Serbia on the eve of the two-day meeting at the White House.

Meanwhile, Myanmar's response to rising cases of coronavirus in the conflict-ridden state of Rakhine may not meet the requirements needed to avert a public health disaster.

And a fake video of a Chinese plane shot down in Taiwan went viral in India on Friday, revealing how dangerous nationalist fantasies and misinformation have become in Asia.

Here are Foreign policyThe top weekend is.

The newly elected Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, speaks to the media after a parliamentary session in Pristina on June 3.Armend Nimani / AFP via Getty Images

1. Prime Minister of Kosovo: "There is no other solution than mutual recognition"

On the eve of the White House peace talks between Serbia and Kosovo, Foreign policy interviewed the Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti. The only way forward, said Hoti, is for Serbia to finally recognize Kosovo's independence. Foreign policy’S Amy Mackinnon writes.

People are preparing dinner at Shitthaung camp for displaced persons in Mrauk U, Myanmar, on August 20th. International humanitarian access to the community has been largely blocked since early 2019, and many camps are run by local civil society organizations and community volunteers. Hkun Lat for Foreign Policy

2. To fight the coronavirus, Myanmar needs a ceasefire in Rakhine

Coronavirus cases are on the rise alongside civilian casualties and displacement in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where government forces have clashed with the rebellious Arakan army since late 2018. If the government doesn't act quickly, Rakhine could face a public health disaster soon, Kyaw Hsan Hlaing and Emily Fishbein write.

French President Emmanuel Macron enters a room with a relief bust of the French writer and philosopher Voltaire on May 31, 2018 during a visit to the newly restored Château de Voltaire à Ferney in eastern France.FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP via Getty Images

3. Voltaire spreads darkness, not enlightenment. France should stop worshiping him.

For France, Voltaire was a guiding star of the Enlightenment. But Voltaire was a non-apologetic racist, and it is time for the French to reject philosophers of his own kind, writes Nabila Ramdani.

A Su-35 fighter aircraft is exhibited prior to a test flight prior to the China 2014 Airshow in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, on Nov. 10, 2014.Johannes Eisele / AFP via Getty Images

4. Indian Social Media Go Nuts Over Fake Claim From Su-35 Shootdown

A video allegedly showing a Chinese plane being shot down in Taiwan went viral on Indian social media on Friday. The story is wrong, but it shows how entangled – and dangerous – nationalist fantasies become in Asia. Foreign policy’S James Palmer writes.

Taliban prisoners greet each other as they may be released from Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul on July 31.WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP via Getty Images

5. Liberated Taliban return to the battlefield despite the peace agreement

A confidential report from Foreign policy According to Lynne O’Donnell, most of the Taliban prisoners released under an agreement signed by the Islamist group and the United States are still fighting to overthrow the US-backed Afghan government.

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