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Six Dead As Typhoon Smashes Into Macau And Hong Kong


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Typhoon Hato left five dead in the gambling hub of Macau Wednesday as it brought chaos and destruction to the enclave after sweeping through neighbouring Hong Kong, where one man also died.

Local media showed severe flooding had left cars underwater and people swimming in Macau's city streets, with the territory's mega-casinos running on back-up generators.

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18 Hurt After Train Crashes Into Lorry In Poland


A train crashed into a lorry at a level crossing in Poland on Friday, injuring 18 passengers, seven seriously.

The injured were airlifted to hospitals, Pawel Fratczak, a spokesman for Polish national firefighters, told AFP.

"The train was carrying between 250 and 300 passengers. One of the carriages derailed," he said, adding that an investigation was underway to establish the cause of the crash.

The accident occurred on Friday afternoon at a level crossing near the town of Ozimek, in southwest Poland.   

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Donald Trump Jokes He's 'Gotten Nothing' From China's Xi Jinping So Far


President Donald Trump predicted a "very great" relationship with China's Xi Jinping as the pair met for the first time at his Florida resort of Mar-a-Lago Thursday, when cordiality replaced tough anti-China rhetoric. Trump, in his signature red tie, warmly welcomed his Chinese counterpart Xi, decked out in contrasting blue, to what the US leader likes to call the "Winter White House" for a superpower summit in the sun. Inside the luxurious resort Trump waxed lyrical that it was a "great honor" to host the Chinese leader, breaking the ice with a joke about his own deal-making prowess.

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"Because of the technology, we can burn coal in clean fashion," the Trump Administration said


Nepal had to close its only international airport for around half an hour on Monday after a leopard was spotted close to the runway.

A spokesman for the airport in Kathmandu said wildlife and security officers were searching for the animal, believed to be hiding in the drains, after it was spotted by a pilot.

"We closed the airport for about 30 minutes after the incident was reported but we haven't found the leopard yet," Prem Nath Thakur told AFP.

One international flight was delayed but no other flight was scheduled during the closure.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Proposes To Shut Down Haiti Peacekeeping Mission


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is proposing to shut down the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti by October and replace it with a much smaller UN presence, according to a report obtained by AFP on Monday.

The proposal to close the 13-year-old UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym MINUSTAH, comes as the United States is planning major funding cuts to the United Nations.

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The Significance Of China Hosting Saudi King With 1,000-Strong Entourage


President Xi Jinping welcomed visiting Saudi King Salman to Beijing on Thursday as China pursues a charm offensive towards the Middle East, where it has previously kept a low profile.

The king's three-day stay returns the favour after Xi last year visited Saudi Arabia as part of the first state visit to the Middle East by a Chinese leader in seven years.

The 81-year-old monarch arrived Wednesday with a massive reported entourage of 1,000 people following stops in Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia as part of a month-long Asia tour.

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ISIS Forcing Children, Disabled Into Suicide Cars: US General


ISIS jihadists are forcing children and disabled people into explosives-laden trucks and making them drive at Iraqi security forces in Mosul, a general from the US-led coalition has said.

The barbaric tactic, coupled with other increasingly desperate battlefield measures, is a sign the IS group knows defeat is inevitable, officials say.

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As 300 Whales Swim Away, Hope That New Zealand's Crisis May Be Over


Whale rescuers were cautiously optimistic on Sunday that the current wave of mass beachings in New Zealand was over, after hundreds of the creatures died after being stranded ashore.

The crisis began early Friday when a pod of 416 whales were found stranded on the 26-kilometre (16 miles) Farewell Spit, with hundreds more following them over the weekend.

The shallow, sweeping spit is believed to interfere with the whales' navigation systems and is a regular scene of mass strandings.

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Cheating Frenchman Sues Uber For Unmasking His Mistress


An adulterous businessman in southern France is seeking damages of up to 45 million euros ($48 million) from Uber over his wife's discovery of his extra-marital rides, his lawyer and a report said Friday.

The man, from the glitzy Riviera area on the southern coastline, claims he once connected to the ride-hailing application via his wife's phone to request a driver.

Despite using the log-off function, the application continued to send her updates afterwards, revealing his travel history and arousing suspicions about his lover, Le Figaro newspaper said.

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Pakistani MP Harassed In Parliament, Social Media Fights Her Cause


A Pakistani female lawmaker threatened to self-immolate after she was harassed by male colleagues in parliament, telling AFP that the widely-publicised incident shows how laws to protect women are not being enforced.

Nusrat Sahar Abbasi, an MP in Sindh province, spoke of her fury after provincial minister Imdad Pitafi invited her to his private chambers on the floor of the assembly on Friday in comments seen as sexual harassment in conservative Pakistan.

She said she protested strongly but the deputy speaker of the assembly, also a woman, refused to take any action.

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