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Double crane accident in Netherlands leaves 20 hurt

About 20 people were injured in the western Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn on Monday when two cranes working on a bridge upgrade toppled onto houses nearby, the fire brigade said.

"Two cranes and the stretch of roadway they were carrying fell on five houses in all," Mr Ton Koot, brigade spokesman for firefighters of the central Holland region, told AFP.

The cranes, working from barges, were renovating the Queen Juliana Bridge, a canal bridge dating from the 1950s, when the first machine went down.


Obama's climate push sets up battle reminiscent of Obamacare

President Barack Obama unveiled a landmark set of regulations to combat climate change in a plan that requires states to cut emissions from power plants, setting up a red-state, blue-state battle reminiscent of Obamacare.

"No challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a changing climate," Mr Obama said at a White House ceremony Monday. "We're the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it."


Former US president Carter undergoes liver surgery

Former US president Jimmy Carter underwent surgery on his liver on Monday to have a small mass removed, his Atlanta-based Carter Center said.

The operation on Mr Carter, 90, was carried out at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a hospital statement said.

"His operation proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery," it added.


MH370 investigators meet in France ahead of wing analysis

Malaysian aviation experts met French officials on Monday to coordinate the investigation into missing flight MH370, days after the discovery of a washed-up plane part offered fresh hopes of solving the mystery.

The Malaysian team arrived at the Palais de Justice in Paris shortly before 2.00 pm (1200 GMT) to meet with a French judge, a group of experts and police charged with the investigation.

The meeting broke out after two hours and the Malaysian delegation left without giving comment to waiting reporters.


Swimming: Hosszu breaks world record to claim 200m gold

Hungary's Katinka Hosszu underlined her status as the leading all-round swimmer with a world record in the women's 200 metres individual medley at the world championships.

Ms Hosszu, the 2014 world swimmer of the year, clocked two minutes 6.12 seconds. The 26-year-old not only defended her title, but shaved 0.03 seconds off the previous mark set by American Ariana Kukors at the 2009 world championships.

Japan's Kanako Watanabe took silver, 2.33 seconds behind Ms Hosszu, while Britain's Siobhan O'Connor claimed bronze.