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Indian Floods Kill 30, Displace Nearly 1 Million (Video)

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AFP, UKPA, ABP News (India)

GUWAHATI - Floods caused by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 30 people and displaced nearly one million in India's northeastern state of Assam.

At least 27 Indian districts have been swamped by heavy monsoon rains that began last weekend. The overall flooding situation is worsening as additional areas have been overrun with water. Beyond the 30 reported deaths, many others have gone missing after a boat capsize in Goalpara district, the Hindi language news channel ABP reports.

Officials say 2,084 villages across Assam state have been flooded, the news agency UKPA reports.

Assam Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka told AFP in Guwahati, the state's largest city, that an estimated 900,000 people had been displaced from their homes due to the flooding.

Here's footage from the floods in Assam:

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"Splendid" Colonialism? Time To Change How We Talk About Fashion And Culture

A lavish book to celebrate Cartagena, Colombia's most prized travel destination, will perpetuate clichéd views of a city inextricably linked with European exploitation.

Photo of women in traditional clothes at a market in Cartagena, Colombia

At a market iIn Cartagena, Colombia

Vanessa Rosales

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BOGOTÁ — The Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz is celebrating the historic port of Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia, in a new book, Cartagena Grace, published by Assouline. The European publisher specializes in luxury art and travel books, or those weighty, costly coffee table books filled with dreamy pictures. If you never opened the book, you could still admire it as a beautiful object in a lobby or on a center table.

Ortiz produced the book in collaboration with Lauren Santo Domingo, an American model (née Davis, in Connecticut) who married into one of Colombia's wealthiest families. Assouline is promoting it as a celebration of the city's "colonial splendor, Caribbean soul and unfaltering pride," while the Bogotá weekly Semana has welcomed an international publisher's focus on one of the country's emblematic cities and tourist spots.

And yet, use of terms like colonial "splendor" is not just inappropriate, but unacceptable.

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