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US aid arrives in India as COVID cases explode

The first U.S. emergency aid to India arrived on April 30 as the country battles a devastating surge in COVID-19 cases which has overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums.

The supplies arrived as India recorded another 385,000 new cases in the past 24 hours - a new global record - and almost 3,500 deaths, according to official data that many experts suspect falls short of the true toll.

Greece lays groundwork for opening to tourists in make-or-break year for sector

Greece began opening to tourists today with few bookings but hopes for a better season to help make up for a 2020 devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

On Rhodes, where most visitors are from abroad, hoteliers are scrubbing, polishing and painting in anticipation of a make-or-break year.

Vucic Says Serbia Will Produce Sputnik Vaccines by June

President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday said Serbia will start producing its own Russian-designed Sputnik V vaccines in June. "Between June 5 and 10 we will have the first doses of the vaccine," he said after visiting the Torlak Institute in Belgrade, where production of the COVID vaccine started on Wednesday.

Confectionery keeps 157-year-old Turkish delight tradition alive

Hafız Mustafa, one of Istanbul's most famous confectioneries, continues its world-famous Turkish delight tradition with its 157-year-old recipe.

The sweetshop was established in 1864 by İsmail Hakkı Bey in the Bahçekapı neighborhood of Istanbul's Fatih district, where he started to make rock candy.

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