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One dead after car ploughs into pedestrians

Police and paramedics were seen in the area. Credit: APTN

One person has died and several others injured after a car hit pedestrians in the centre of Australia's second-largest city.

Ambulance Victoria said several people were struck by the vehicle in Melbourne on Friday.

Local television screened live aerial video showing police cars and police carrying weapons at a central city junction.

Police said: "The exact circumstances of the events are still being determined."

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Two horses die at prestigious Melbourne Cup

Two horses have died following the Melbourne Cup in Australia, including the favourite Admire Rakti.

The Japanese horse finished last in the race - won by Protectionist - and died soon afterwards.

Admire Rakti was carrying the top weight of 58.5kg and visibly tired. Once he return to his stalls he looked clearly agitated and soon his team had covered his stall with a protective screen.

Admire Rakti died after coming in last. Credit: Reuters

It was also confirmed that Araldo had been put down after suffering a fracture to his leg.

"It is with sadness that we confirm Araldo has had to be humanely euthanised as a result of the injury it suffered in a freak accident following the Emirates Melbourne Cup," said Dr Brian Stewart, RV Head of Veterinary & Equine Welfare,

"The owners made the decision to humanely euthanise Araldo in the best interests of the horse."