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India is on the verge of registering 20 million cases of coronavirus as it continues to deal with its worst outbreak to date. Authorities also reported more than 400,000 daily cases for the first time on Saturday and a record number of deaths yesterday. Many states in the country are preparing to enter a “full lock”
; in the coming days. Many accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing to properly prepare India for the crisis, and he often paints a rosy view of the nation’s pandemic response when the numbers say otherwise. In a key election on the battlefield, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party has just been defeated, with the results seen as a test of whether the second wave of Covid-19 has affected support for Modi.
The United States began handing over military bases to Afghan security forces this weekend, but Chief of General Staff Mark Millie, the top U.S. general, warned of the potential for “bad possible results” for the withdrawal. Taliban forces briefly seized an Afghan base late last week before Afghan forces seized it. The United States, meanwhile, has launched a precision strike at missiles aimed at Kandahar Airport after indirect fire was fired at the site. Millie says the first few days of this withdrawal phase show no success or failure for the entire project, and peace talks are still possible.
4. North Korea
North Korea has warned the United States it would face an “independent crisis in the near future” and accused South Korea of carrying out an “unbearable provocation” against Pyongyang in statements that could spark a dispute between the three countries. The comments came after Biden’s spokesman said the administration had completed a month-long review of North Korea’s policies. Biden and South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in will also meet in Washington this month, and experts say North Korea may be trying to drive a wedge between the two leaders. The statements also focused on what North Korea sees as recent insults from the United States and South Korea.
5. Wreck of a boat
Four people were killed and more than 20 others were hospitalized after a suspected smuggling ship capsized off the coast of San Diego yesterday. A US customs and border official said the agency had “all indications” that the ship was being used to smuggle people into the country. The boat was reportedly overcrowded when it hit a reef and capsized, and it is not clear how many passengers and crew were on guard. The person believed to have steered the vessel is now in custody. The CBP said it had seen a sharp increase in attempts at sea smuggling and was stepping up efforts to intercept such ships.
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