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QWorld: SpaceX Rocket Explodes, Singapore Zika Cases Top 150

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Smoke rises from a SpaceX launch site Thursday, 1 Sept 2016, at Cape Canaveral, Fla NASA said SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when a blast occurred. (Photo: AP)   

1. Hispanic Backers Sour on Trump After Immigration Speech

Some of Donald Trump’s Hispanic backers distanced themselves from the Republican nominee for standing by a hardline approach to illegal immigration in a key speech after indicating for weeks that he may soften his approach.

2. Rocket Explodes on Launch Pad in Blow to Elon Musk’s SpaceX

An explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk’s SpaceX and its cargo during preparations for a routine test firing at Cape Canaveral in Florida, two days before it was due to blast off and place a satellite in orbit.

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3. Singapore Zika Cases Top 150; China Steps up Arrivals Checks

China intensified its checks on people and goods arriving from Singapore, as an outbreak of the Zika virus in the small city-state is confirmed to spread to at least one person in neighboring Malaysia.

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4. Offshore Quake Prompts Temporary Evacuation of New Zealand Coastal Area

People living in coastal areas of New Zealand closest to a huge earthquake that struck offshore have been temporarily ordered to evacuate, due to fears of a tsunami.

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5. Disparate Crises Distract from Obama Bid to Sign off on Asia Shift

Barack Obama started his last trip to Asia on Saturday as US president, aiming to put a final stamp on his signature policy shift toward the Pacific but was distracted by crises ranging from Brexit to the battle against Islamic State.

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6. US Imposes Sanctions on ‘Putin’s Bridge’ to Crimea

Companies building a multi-billion dollar bridge to link the Russian mainland with annexed Crimea, a project close to the heart of President Vladimir Putin, have been targeted by the United States in an updated sanctions black list.

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7. After Sweeping into Northern Syria, Turkey Faces Hard Choices

Flashing victory signs and firing in the air, young rebels who took Jarablus, a Syrian town, from the Islamic State may be jubilant, but their ability to hold territory will hinge on Turkey’s appetite for keeping its forces inside Syria.

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8. China Pressures Hong Kong to Squash Independence Calls Ahead of Poll: Sources

China pressured the Hong Kong government to disqualify six candidates who advocated independence from a crucial city-wide election, as part of a campaign to bolster its interests and win seats for its allies, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

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9. Melania Trump Sues Daily Mail, Blogger Over ‘Defamatory’ Stories

Melania Trump, the wife of US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, sued the Maryland-based publisher of the Daily Mail Online and a blogger on Thursday over stories about her past that she believes were “tremendously damaging,” her attorney said in a statement. Late Thursday, the Daily Mail retracted a story in a posting on its website.

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