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China’s first home-built aircraft carrier begins sea trials

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BEIJING — China’s first domestically developed aircraft carrier began sea trials Sunday, state media said, Beijing’s latest milestone in efforts to modernise its military footprint.

The still-unnamed ship left dock in the northern port of Dalian at 7:00am, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The official Xinhua news agency confirmed the ship had left for trials with a short announcement.”Our second aircraft carrier set sail from its dock in the Dalian shipyard for relevant waters to conduct a sea trial mission, to inspect and verify the reliability and stability of mechanical systems and other equipment,” Xinhua said.

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The carrier was launched this time last year but since then has been undergoing weapons fitting and work on other systems and has not yet entered service.

Chinese military experts have told state media that the carrier is not expected to enter service until 2020, once it has been fully kitted out and armed. But the government has said the new carrier’s design draws on experiences from the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, which was bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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