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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 18

18 Mar 2023, 10:30 GMT+10

SAO PAULO -- Four people were killed Friday after the helicopter they were aboard crashed on a street in Brazil's Sao Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, the Fire Department said.

The accident occurred at 2:35 p.m. local time in the Barra Funda neighborhood in the western area of the city, the Fire Department said on its Twitter account. (Brazil-Helicopter Crash)

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PARIS -- French police used tear gas on Friday evening to disperse some 4,000 protesters that expressed their discontent over the pension reform and the forced passage of the pension reform bill by the government.

For the second night, Place de la Concorde (Concorde Square), facing the National Assembly across the river Seine, became the place for protesters to express their anger over the government's forced passage of the pension reform bill that used a special constitutional power. (France-Protests-Police)

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CAIRO -- At least five people were killed and another two wounded on Friday after a building collapsed in the southern Egyptian province of Minya.

The three-storey building in a small village belonged to one family, and two children were killed in the accident, state-run Nile TV reported. (Egypt-Building Collapse)

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HONG KONG -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 jolted North Island of New Zealand at 15:46 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 38.0709 degrees south latitude and 176.6406 degrees east longitude. (New Zealand-Earthquake)

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