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Chinese shares close higher Monday******
BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks closed higher on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.76 percent, at 3,609.86 points.
The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.72 percent higher at 14,596.72 points.
The combined turnover of stocks covered by the two indices stood at 1.01 trillion yuan (about 158.8 billion U.S. dollars), down from 1.02 trillion yuan on the previous trading day.
Stocks related to energy storage and electricity led the gains, while the real estate and education sectors suffered losses.
The ChiNext Index, tracking China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, gained 1.64 percent to close at 3,338.62 points. Enditem
DPRK confirms successful test fire of hypersonic missile******
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has successfully test-fired a hypersonic missile, the official Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday.。
The missile, launched by the Academy of Defence Science on Wednesday, manoeuvred 120 km laterally before it precisely hit a target 700 km away, which proved the reliability of a new fuel system, the report said.。
This is the second test fire of hypersonic missile confirmed by the DPRK after the country launched Hwasong-8 in September. The "successive successes in the test launches" in the hypersonic missile sector "have strategic significance in that they hasten a task for modernizing strategic armed force of the state," it added.。
The reliability of the fuel system under the winter weather conditions was also verified, the report said.。
Di Maria strike leaves Argentina on cusp of World Cup spot******
MONTEVIDEO, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Angel Di Maria struck a sublime first-half goal as Argentina edged closer to securing a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Uruguay here on Friday.。
The visitors took the lead in the seventh minute at Montevideo's Campeon del Sigo stadium when Paulo Dybala forced a turnover and then found Di Maria just inside the penalty area.。
The Paris Saint-Germain forward took one touch before firing an inch-perfect shot from an acute angle into the far corner.。
Uruguay responded by showing greater urgency, driving forward in numbers against an Albiceleste side that seemed content to sit back.。
The Celeste continued to press after halftime with Luis Suarez and Augustin Alvarez threatening to equalize on several occasions. But they were unable to find a way past goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who made a series of impressive saves.。
Argentina captain Lionel Messi, who has recently recovered from knee and hamstring injuries, was introduced as a 76th minute replacement for Giovani Lo Celso. The 34-year-old had a little impact as Argentina barely ventured forward in the closing stages in a bid to protect their lead.。
The result leaves Argentina with 28 points from 12 outings, six points behind leaders Brazil with both teams having seven South American zone qualifiers remaining.。
Uruguay, who have lost their past three qualifiers, dropped to sixth, 12 points further back.。
The top four teams will earn a World Cup spot while the fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.。
Argentina's next match is a home duel against Brazil on Tuesday in San Juan while Uruguay will meet Bolivia in La Paz on the same day. Enditem。