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    UPDATE 1-India's new COVID-19 cases hit record again amid vaccination push

    New COVID-19 cases in India surged to a record of 152,879 on Sunday as the country battled a second wave of infections by pushing for faster vaccinations, with some states considering tougher restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. India leads the world in the daily average number of new infections reported, accounting for one in every six infections reported globally each day, according to a Reuters tally. Daily cases have set record highs six times this week, according to data from the federal health ministry.

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    UPDATE 1-Austin makes first Israel visit by Biden official, Iran on the agenda

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived in Israel on Sunday on the first visit by a senior representative of the Biden administration, whose stance on Iran has worried Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government. Austin was due to meet Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz during the two-day visit, which officials said would include discussions of U.S. arms supplies to Israel. Washington has sought to reassure Israel on regional security issues while restarting talks - so far indirect and inconclusive - about a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran that the previous Trump administration quit.

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    BAFTAs opens with commemoration to Prince Philip

    Saturday's opening mainly looked at the crafts side in film-making and handed out nine awards.At the start of the programme, host Clara Amfo paid tribute to Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's husband, who died on Friday (April 9), aged 99. Philip was named BAFTA's first president in 1959 and had a close association to the academy since. His grandson, Prince William is BAFTA's current president."It was Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen's support through these years that in many ways allowed BAFTA, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times, and to be here today in 2021, celebrating another outstanding year of achievement in film," Amfo said. "The Duke of Edinburgh occupies a very special place in BAFTA history and he will be missed. Our thoughts are with the royal family."