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India election sees turnout fall in second phase

28-04-2024 Bureau Report + Agencies NEW DELHI/ BENGALURU/ MATHURA: India held the second phase of the world’s biggest election on Friday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his rivals hurling accusations of religious discrimination and threats to democracy amid flagging voter turnout. Almost one billion people are eligible to vote …

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First Saudi-penned opera opens in Riyadh

28-04-2024 RIYADH: The first grand opera to be produced in Saudi Arabia has had its opening performance in Riyadh, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s massively ambitious plans to shift the kingdom into a new era, economically and socially. Zarqa Al Yamama is the story of a blue-eyed tribal …

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Oil tanker damaged in Houthi missile strike

28-04-2024 DAMASCUS/ DUBAI: A crude oil tanker has been damaged in a missile attack off the coast of Yemen, the latest strike to be carried out by the Houthis. The incident happened roughly 15 nautical miles south-west of the Yemeni city of Mocha. British maritime security agency UKMTO reported that …

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Pentagon to ‘rush’ Patriot missiles to Ukraine

28-04-2024 WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has said it will “rush” Patriot air defence missiles and artillery ammunition to Ukraine as part of a $6bn (£4.8bn) military aid. It’s the second package from Washington this week, following $1bn in more immediate aid announced on Wednesday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier on …

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Surgery for Indian woman who inhaled nose pin

27-04-2024 Bureau Report + Agencies NEW DELHI: When Varsha Sahu accidentally inhaled the screw of her nose pin two months ago, she wasn’t too concerned. She thought the pin had gone into her stomach and would naturally pass through her digestive system but the metal object got lodged in her …

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