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Indians take photographs of a portrait of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi, made with colored powder and surrounded by rose petals, at the party office in Gandhinagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, on May 16. / Saurabh Das, AP

Every weekend, USA TODAY takes a bite-sized look in approximately 180 characters per item at the past week's top stories from around the world.

Big victory

Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party won a convincing victory in elections in India.

Ferry charges

South Korea indicted 15 crewmembers over last month's ferry sinking, four of them on homicide charges.

Fight back

Ukrainian steelworkers in the city of Mariupol forced some pro-Russia insurgents to retreat.

Territorial

A dispute between Vietnam and China over an oil rig in the South China Sea intensified.

True faith

A court in Sudan sentenced a pregnant, Christian woman to death by hanging after she refused to renounce her faith.

Not business as 'usual'

Hundreds of miners were killed in an underground fire in Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip described mine accidents as "usual things."

Wage hike

Fast- food workers across the world staged protests and went on strike in a bid for higher wages. The Swiss will vote on a minimum wage bill of $25 an hour Sunday.

Still missing

More than 100 of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped a month ago were said to be shown in a video released by Boko Haram militants.

War on drugs

Pfizer CEO Ian Read was grilled by British lawmakers who wanted to know more about the New York-based firm's proposed takeover plans for rival AstraZeneca.



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