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* Queen Elizabeth stands alone as her ‘strength’ Philip is laid to rest

Apr 17 (Reuters) Queen Elizabeth and her family paid their last respects to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday that celebrated his naval past, his international heritage and seven decades of service in which he helped guide the queen through repeated crises.
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* India’s Kumbh festival attracts big crowds amid devastating second Covid wave

Apr 17 (BBC) This past week, as India grapples with a devastating second wave of the coronavirus, millions of devotees have descended on the banks of the Ganges river in the northern city of Haridwar to take a dip in the water. Hindus believe the river is holy and taking a dip in it will cleanse them of their sins and bring salvation.
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* India coronavirus: Desperate Covid-19 patients turn to black market for drugs

Apr 16 (BBC) Akhilesh Mishra started getting a fever and a cough last Thursday but he initially thought it was just the flu. Akhilesh began to worry the next day, when his father Yogendra developed similar symptoms. The two men decided to get Covid RT-PCR tests done and tried to book a slot online
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* Covid-19 deaths pass three million worldwide

Apr 17 (BBC) The number of people who have died worldwide in the Covid-19 pandemic has surpassed three million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The milestone comes the day after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the world was "approaching the highest rate of infection" so far.
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* China’s economy grows 18.3% in post-Covid comeback

Apr 16 (BBC) China’s economy grew a record 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter last year. It’s the biggest jump in gross domestic product (GDP) since China started keeping quarterly records in 1992. However, Friday’s figures are below expectations, with a Reuters poll of economists predicting 19% growth.
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* France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests

Apr 15 (BBC) France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country. The country’s embassy in Pakistan warned of "serious threats to French interests in Pakistan", saying protests were increasing nationwide.
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