• Politics
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    India's Modi slammed for COVID handling amid spiralling crisis

    As another deadly wave of COVID-19 infections was swamping India, Modi’s government refused to cancel a major Hindu festival attended by millions. Cricket matches, attended by tens of thousands, carried on, too. Super-spreader’ Modi The catastrophic surge has led to criticism at home.

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    Brazil's central bank raises interest rate, promises June hike

    Brazil’s central bank lifted its benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points and promised another hike of the same magnitude in June as it moves to bring inflation forecasts back down to target. The central bank on Wednesday unanimously voted to raise the Selic by 75 basis points to 3.5%, in line with estimates from all 39 economists in a Bloomberg survey and also the guidance given by policy makers at their prior meeting in March.

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    The Black Stone of Mecca like you've never seen before

    The images of al-Hajar al-Aswad, or the Black Stone, are up to 49,000 megapixels in size and took more than 50 hours to photograph and develop, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Saudi Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque said in a press release Monday. The General Presidency worked with the Two Holy Mosques' engineering agency to take 1,050 photos of the stone, each being 160 gigabytes. The stone was photographed for seven hours, the authority said.

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    Blinken heads to Ukraine in show of support amid Russia tensions

    The top United States diplomat will visit Kyiv on Thursday in a show of support after Russia massed troops near Ukraine’s eastern border in a weeks-long standoff that drew concern in Western nations. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to meet President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and urge the country to stick to a path of reforms and fighting corruption, days after a reformist energy official was sacked.

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    Photos: 'Horrible' weeks ahead as India COVID catastrophe worsens

    COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be “horrible”. India’s official count of coronavirus cases has surpassed 20 million, nearly doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially have passed 220,000. On Tuesday, the health ministry reported 357,229 new cases in the past 24 hours and 3,449 deaths from COVID-19.

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    Swiss diplomat in Iran found dead after 'fall from tower block'

    The Iranian police have announced an investigation into the death of a Swiss diplomat whose body a rescue official said was found on Tuesday morning at the foot of a tower block. Specialised police units are in the process of examining” the circumstances around the death of the “52-year-old Swiss citizen employed by the Swiss embassy in Tehran”, the national police said in a brief online statement.

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    Al Jazeera

    Denmark tells Syrian refugees it's time to go home

    Radwan Fouad Jomaa lives in Denmark with his wife and three kids. He moved there from Syria where he was born and raised. After opposing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he fled, fearing the worst.