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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 19

20 Nov 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

GAZA -- A Palestinian source said on Sunday that Qatar presented Israel with "two suggestions" on the hostage deal with Hamas.

The source, who requires anonymity, told Xinhua that the first suggestion is for Hamas to release 53 children and women in exchange for a three-day ceasefire and the entry of a certain amount of fuel into the Gaza Strip.

The second suggestion is for Hamas to release 87 hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian women and children and some security prisoners, a ceasefire for five days, and the entry of a larger amount of fuel, the source added. (Gaza-Israel-Hostage Deal)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Sunday unveiled a new domestically-developed hypersonic ballistic missile, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

The missile, dubbed Fattah-2 (Conqueror-2), was unveiled during a visit by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to an exhibition of the achievements of the IRGC's Aerospace Force in the Iranian capital Tehran, the report said. (Iran-Missile-Unveiling)

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SYDNEY -- Two former military planes on a training flight collided on Sunday over the Mornington Peninsula in southeast Australia, sending one plummeting into the water, local media reported.

One plane crashed into the ocean about 12 km off the coast of Mount Martha while the other plane made it back to its base after the disaster struck about 1:45 p.m. local time (0245 GMT), The Herald Sun reported. (Australia-Plane Crash)

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RABAT -- The Moroccan police seized 4.635 tonnes of cannabis and arrested two suspects with alleged links to a drug trafficking network, the official news agency MAP reported Sunday.

During an operation in Morocco's largest city of Casablanca on Saturday, the police confiscated the drugs that were concealed in 123 large packages ready to be exported by sea, the report said. (Morocco-Drug-Combat)

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MANILA -- The death toll from a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the southern Philippines Friday afternoon rose to eight, the Philippines' disaster agency said on Sunday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the number of casualties "is still subject to validation," adding that provincial officials are continuously conducting assessments. (Philippines-Earthquake-Death Toll)

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