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President Putin's party wins Russia election amid fraud claims

Russian President Vladimir Putin's party has won a parliamentary majority following an election marred by reports of fraud.

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With almost all of the votes counted, the United Russia party had won nearly 50% of the vote, marking a slight drop in support from the previous election.

Mr Putin's biggest critics were barred from running, and there were reports of ballot stuffing and forced voting.

Russia's electoral commission rejected claims of widespread irregularities.

With more than 99% of votes counted, United Russia's closest rival, the Communist Party, had about 19% of the vote, according to the election commission.

United Russia's victory means it will have more than two-thirds of the 450 seats in the country's parliament, officials say.

However, despite easily retaining its majority in parliament, the party did lose some ground. In 2016, the party won 54% of the vote.

The Communists, who broadly support Mr Putin's initiatives in the parliament, saw their support grow by about 6%. But their leader, Gennady Zyuganov, has alleged widespread violations, including ballot-stuffing, according to the Associated Press news agency.

The final results will be announced on Friday, Russia's Electoral Commission head Ella Pamfilova said.

Concerns over living standards and allegations of corruption from jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have likely affected support for Mr Putin's party.

But he remains popular with many Russians who credit him with standing up to the West and restoring national pride.

In a TV address on Monday, Mr Putin thanked voters for their trust and said United Russia had confirmed its role as the leading party. Supporters of Mr Navalny have called for protests and condemned the result as illegitimate.

The election saw a number of cities introduce electronic voting.

One such city was the capital, Moscow, where some Communist Party candidates lost leads when electronic votes were declared at the last minute.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS 

 
 
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Marvel’s Eternals soundtrack to feature ‘Friends’ by BTS 

The full soundtrack from the upcoming Marvel film Eternals was recently unveiled.

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Marvel’s Eternals soundtrack to feature ‘Friends’ by BTS 

Seoul: Friends, a song produced by BTS’ Jimin and V is reportedly being featured in the latest installment of Marvel Film "The Eternals" directed by Chloe Zhao. The song was produced by band member Jimin.

The full soundtrack from the upcoming Marvel film Eternals was recently unveiled. Apparently, the information came from a document that Disney released.

The news got confirmed when Marvel News shared a list of songs included in the soundtrack for Eternals. 

Beside Friends, the included songs are Celine Sharma’s Nach Mera Hero, Juice by Lizzo, and Time by Pink Floyd. 

Fans became excited and took it to Twitter as 'PRODUCER JIMIN,' and 'VMIN' started to take over internet trends in multiple countries.

Written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals has a huge ensemble cast— featuring Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani and others.

The upcoming film is confirmed to be set partially in the past and in the future. 

The Marvel franchise is set to hit cinemas on November 5, 2021.  

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17 more succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan, toll at 28,269

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

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17 more succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan, toll at 28,269

Islamabad: The novel coronavirus claimed 17 more lives in Pakistan during the previous 24 hours, raising the death toll to 28,269.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 720 cases of coronavirus were reported while 17 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,269.

The total number of cases has reached 1,262,771.

As many as 1,194,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 1,958 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,316 in the province with 12,821 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,746 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,520.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,501 in the province with 5,673 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,108 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,380 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,363 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,357 cases in the capital city while 936 people have lost their lives.

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COVID-19: Pakistan sees significant decline in deaths, logs 663 new cases in 24 hours

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 663 cases of coronavirus were reported while 11 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,280.

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COVID-19: Pakistan sees significant decline in deaths, logs 663 new cases in 24 hours

Islamabad: Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 1.66% with 663 new cases.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 663 cases of coronavirus were reported while 11 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,280.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

The total number of cases has reached 1,265,047.

As many as 1,210,897 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,280 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,974 in the province with 12,849 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 465,819 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,530.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,886 in the province with 5,686 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,128 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,402 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,369 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,469 cases in the capital city while 937 people have lost their lives.  

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