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Florida Republican primary polls open, Romney hopes to break away

Five things to watch in Florida: Newt Gingrich hopes to hang on as Mitt Romney appears to be pulling ahead in the polls.

(POLITICO) Tampa — After a 10-day, post-South Carolina slog characterized by relentless attacks on Newt Gingrich from Mitt Romney's forces, Florida on Tuesday will vote in its 2012 Republican presidential primary. With Romney and his associated super PAC outspending the Gingrich teams by a nearly 5-to-1 margin and blanketing the state's airwaves with negative TV ads, Gingrich never found his footing here, careening from one message to another without gaining traction.

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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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