Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Aug. 9

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OTTAWA -- Canada's ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton said Thursday that he will leave his post at the end of the month.

"Serving as Canada's ambassador in Washington, at this pivotal time in our country's history, has been the greatest honor of my life," said MacNaughton in a statement. (Canada-Ambassador-Resign)

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MOSCOW -- Russia and China should exchange information on the interference of the United States in the internal affairs of the two countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

The ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a news briefing that Moscow is aware of Chinese statements that the United States interferes in Hong Kong affairs and it treats this information "with all seriousness." (Russia-China-US Interference)

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WASHINGTON -- A study published on Thursday in the journal Science revealed that prehistoric humans lived in Ethiopia's Bale Mountains at around 4,000 meters above sea level.

It is the oldest evidence of human settlement at extreme altitudes so far, the study said. (Africa-Science-Human Ancestor)

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HANOI -- As of Friday afternoon, floods and landslides in Vietnam's central highlands region had killed eight people, announced the country's Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

The victims include three in Dak Nong province, two in Kon Tum province, and one in the three provinces of Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Lam Dong each. (Vietnam-Flood) Enditem

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