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Russia unveils new nuclear arsenal

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MOSCOW — Russia has developed a number of advanced weapons systems, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile, which make all US capabilities aimed at undermining the Russian nuclear deterrent obsolete, President Vladimir Putin has announced.

Putin, on Thursday speaking ahead of an election on March 18 that polls, said he could hit any target around the globe with little chance of interception.

Mr Putin also claimed he should win easily saying further that a nuclear attack on any of Moscow’s allies would be regarded as an attack on Russia itself and draw an immediate response.

Putin warned during his annual state of the nation speech that an attack on Russia or any of its allies would elicit an immediate response from Moscow.

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It was unclear if he had a particular Russian ally, such as Syria, in mind, but his comments looked like a warning to Washington not to use tactical battlefield nuclear weapons.

Russia and the West are at odds in several conflicts including Syria, where Russia supports President Bashar al-Assad – and Ukraine.

The latest advances in Russian strategic deterrence have made America’s anti-missile systems obsolete, so Washington should stop trying to diminish Russia’s security and start talking to Moscow as an equal partner, not the dominant military power it seeks to be, Putin said.

Video footage of the new weapons was projected behind him at a conference hall in the Russian capital, where Putin spoke with legislators.

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3 die as building collapse near Delhi, dozen more people feared trapped

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NEW DELHI — At least three people have confirmed died after a six-storey building collapsed and fell on another building in Greater Noida near New Delhi of India on Tuesday night.

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) team has recovered three bodies from under the debris of the building that collapsed in Greater Noida’s Shah Beri village.

Bodies of two people were first recovered from the remains of the four-storey building at around 1:15 am. Six hour later, a third body was recovered. A woman is among those who died in the collapse.

At least a dozen more people including children are feared trapped in the debris,the police say.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate and the police to monitor relief and rescue activities along with the NDRF team.

The agitated locals say though the buildings collapsed at around 8:30 pm, the police reached the spot almost an hour after they were informed.

Meanwhile, three people, including the man who owned the under-construction site, have been arrested, police said.

Eighteen families lived in the building in the Shah Beri village, according to reports.

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