>Venice submerged by tide
Parts of the Italian city of Venice have been left underwater after the highest tide in more than 50 years. The waters peaked at 1.87m, according to the tide monitoring center. Only once since records began in 1923 has the tide been higher, reaching 1.94m in 1966.
St Mark's Square - one of the lowest parts of the city - was one of the worst hit areas. St Mark's Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the situation was dramatic. "We ask the government to help us. The cost will be high. This is the result of climate change," he said on Twitter. " A high tide of 1.87m is going to leave an indelible wound," Brugnaro said.
>Speed limit on Dutch roads
The daytime speed limit on Dutch roads will be cut to 100 km/h in a bid to tackle a nitrogen oxide pollution crisis, according to cabinet sources widely quoted by Dutch media.
Under the proposals, drivers would be allowed to revert to the current maximum between 19:00 and 6:00.
Bringing the motorway speed limit down to 100 km/h would make the Netherlands the lowest in Europe, on a par with Cyprus which has far fewer motorways.
The most common maximum speed limit in Europe is 130 km/h while in the UK it is 112 km/h.
The new limit is set to come in during 2020, public broadcaster NOS reports.
>Horse-head statue back home
A red bronze horse-head statue plundered from Beijing's Old Summer Palace was donated back by Macao-based tycoon and collector Stanley Ho Hung-sun and handed over to the National Cultural Heritage Administration on Wednesday.
The administration said the statue will be given back to the Yuanmingyuan administration.
Ho purchased the national treasure at a Sotheby's auction in 2007.
The sculpture is one of 12 bronze heads depicting zodiac animals that graced a water clock fountain in Yuanmingyuan, also known as the Old Summer Palace, which was destroyed by British and French troops in 1860.
Ho also purchased a priceless pig-head sculpture in 2003 and donated it to the country.
The horse-head sculpture will join another six zodiac bronzes in an exhibition to showcase the progress of China's efforts to retrieve lost relics over the past seven decades.
>Singles Day payment data
China's Singles Day online payments hit 1.48 trillion yuan, according to data released by the People's Bank of China, the Chinese central bank, on Tuesday.
The Double 11 shopping spree, which falls on Nov 11 every year, saw 1.779 billion online payment transactions totaling 1.48 trillion yuan, with year-on-year growth rates of 35.49% and 162.6%, respectively, according to the central bank. These transactions were handled by Chinese online payment clearinghouse NetsUnion Clearing Corporation and UnionPay, the country's largest bank card payment processor.
The payment figure is the equivalent of having every Chinese person order about 1,000 yuan worth of merchandise.
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