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Welcome to Friday, where Prince Philip dies, Kim Jong-un warns of upcoming hardships, and archeologists unearth a "lost golden city" in Egypt. German daily Die Welt also looks at the problematic white hegemony in the world of western classical music.

• Prince Philip dies aged 99: Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Queen's husband for 73 years. Flags on landmark buildings across the UK are being lowered to half-mast as a period of mourning has been announced.

• North Carolina mass shooting: Authorities have identified former NFL player Phillip Adams, 32, as the man suspected of killing five people, including two children, yesterday outside Rock Hill, North Carolina. The suspect then killed himself after a standoff with police. The attack came as U.S. President Joe Biden announced new gun restrictions.

• South Korean tanker held in Iran freed: A South Korean tanker and its captain detained in Iran have been freed, according to the Foreign Ministry in Seoul. Iran had seized the tanker in January due to pollution violations.

• Russia's interference in Ukraine: A Russian official has warned that Russia could interfere in the Ukraine conflict by helping Russian-speaking residents in the east of the country.

• George Floyd's cause of death: George Floyd died from lack of oxygen caused by restraint caused by being handcuffed face down in the street with Derek Chauvin's knee on his neck, medical experts say at the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. This contradicts the version of the former police's defense, which attributed Floyd's death to a fentanyl overdose.

• North Korean leader warns of historic economic crisis: In a rare admission, Kim Jong-un has used a party speech to warn of upcoming hardships caused by the pandemic, U.S. sanctions and natural disasters. The North Korean leader ominously compared the situation to the historic famine that killed thousands in the country in the 1990s.

• Pharaonic find: Egyptian archeologists find the 3,000-year-old "lost golden city" of Aten, hailed as the largest ancient city found in the country. Buried under sand for millennia, Aten dates back to the golden age of the pharaohs.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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