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Welcome to Monday, where India worries about a COVID spike, record floods hit Australia and Spring Break gets out of hand in Miami. Clarin also explains the stark contrast in vaccine rollouts between two Latin American neighbors.

• India sees "alarming" COVID spike: After slowing in early 2021 in India, the virus has spread the past week faster than any point since early last year. Experts have yet to determine if new variants have sparked the rise. India has so far recorded more than 11 million cases and 160,000 deaths.

• Congo-Brazzaville candidate dies: Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas, the leading opposition candidate in Congo-Brazzaville presidential election, dies just hours after polls closed, from COVID-19 complications. He was 61.

• Turkey lira plummets after Bank chief sacked: Turkey's currency dips 15% to near its all-time low after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's surprise sacking of the central bank governor.

• Record Australia floods: The worst flooding in decades prompts the evacuation of 12,000 people in New South Wales, southeastern Australia, with more heavy rainfall forecast.

• BBC journalist released in Myanmar: Aung Thur, who works for Burmese language reports for the BBC, has been released three days after being taken away by men in plain clothes while reporting outside a court in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. Forty journalists have been arrested since the Feb. 1 military coup.

• IKEA France accused of spying: The French subsidiary of retailing giant IKEA goes on trial over allegations that the company used private detectives and police officers to spy on staff and job applicants.

• Gold mask: Archeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old gold mask in southwest China among over 500 other artifacts which could help experts understand how civilization developed in ancient China.

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