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Twitterati joke: Scandinavia versus Arabia

World leaders don’t generally troll each other, but the prime ministers of the five Nordic countries are giving an ironic picture.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Juha Sipila, Bjarni Benediktsson, Erna Solberg and Stefan Lofven, the prime ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden respectiv  posted a photograph of themselves clasping a soccer ball – a droll take on a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi holding a glowing orb that went viral last week.

That orb was an illuminated globe at the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, the opening of which the three leaders were attending on May 21. Eerie lighting gave the photo an aura of comic-book villains plotting world domination, an image that proved irresistible to the Twitterati.

 

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