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Explosions rock Baghdad, killing dozens

A series of bombs exploded in Baghdad, killing at least 31 people and leaving more than 50 others injured, in the first major attacks in Iraq in nearly a month.

(CNN) Baghdad - In a separate incident in Kirkuk, two car bombs exploded, killing four people and injuring 23 others, including six police officers.

The violence may continue a pattern of outbreaks following lulls.

March had the lowest monthly death toll since the U.S-led invasion in 2003, officials said earlier this month.

According to interior ministry figures, 112 people died violently in March: 78 civilians, 12 Iraqi soldiers and 22 police officers.

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Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Russia

Anita Inder Singh*

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NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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