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Russian President Vladimir Putin waits to meet India's PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

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Hard Numbers: Moscow’s plea for help, deadly West Bank clashes, US Congress’ choo-choo choice, those hit hardest by US murder surge, US same-sex marriage bill

500: Is a friend in need a friend indeed? The Kremlin, increasingly isolated by Western sanctions, has sent India a list of 500 items that Russia needs in order to keep manufacturing planes, trains, and automobiles. No answer yet from Delhi, which has tried to walk a fine line since Russia invaded Ukraine: hewing to its traditional non-aligned policy, but without angering the US, a key ally in India’s burgeoning rivalry with China.

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