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Queuing for cash in India
Queuing for cash in India
Bismillah Geelani

NEW DELHI I am outside the Reserve Bank of India building in New Delhi. It's 8 a.m. The bank opens at 9 a.m. but more than 300 people have already queued up here.

Among them is 60-year-old Mohammad Mustaqeem. He runs a garment shop but hasn't been able to open it for the last three days. "There's no business in the market. The only thing for us to do now is to stand in these queues for money because without it we can't even get food."

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A man takes a picture of a destroyed Russian tank in Nalyvaikivka, near Kyiv.

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger.

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Welcome to Monday, where Russia warns Finland and Sweden that joining NATO would be a “grave mistake,” locked-down Shanghai announces it aims for June 1 reopening, and South Asia’s heat wave becomes untenable. Meanwhile, Peter Huth in German daily Die Welt explains why the Doomsday Clock isn’t ticking quite the same for millennials today as it was for baby boomers.

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