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Extra! Forest Fires Rage In Portugal

Forest fires have been raging in Portugal for several days now. Tuesday's headline in the newspaper Público reports that they have "destroyed nine thousand hectares in the last 10 days."

On Saturday the biggest fire of the year so far scorched Villa Nova de Cerveira and Monca in the northern district of Viana do Castelo. More than 600 firefighters were still fighting flames Tuesday.

"Aid to fight the fires depends on the heavens and the parish priest of the parish of Covas," the newspaper wrote. The Covas parish was the first in the country to develop a local intervention unit that consists of 18 volunteers and three vehicles that are available between May and late September to conduct surveillance and fire prevention.

AFP reports that nearly 80% of the country is suffering from a severe drought, which is likely to worsen this month.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Público is a Portuguese daily newspaper published in Lisbon.

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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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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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