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Authorities said three people were dead and at least one missing as record levels of rainfall pounded New Zealand’s largest city, causing widespread disruption. Authorities declared a state of emergency for the Auckland region and the nation’s new Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins, flew to the city on a military plane to assess the damage. Earlier, hundreds of people were stranded at Auckland Airport overnight after the airport stopped all flights and parts of the terminal were flooded. Air New Zealand said it resumed domestic flights in and out of Auckland on Saturday afternoon, but wasn’t yet sure when international flights would resume.

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Actress Sylvia Syms, who starred in classic British films including “Ice Cold in Alex” and “Victim,” has died at the aged of 89. Syms’ children said she “died peacefully” on Friday at Denville Hall, a London retirement home for actors and entertainers. Born in London in 1934, Syms became a British cinema stalwart in the 1950s and 60s. Her films include World War II adventure “Ice Cold in Alex,” rock musical “Expresso Bongo” and thriller “Victim,” the first British film to deal openly with homosexuality. Syms played Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1991 TV film “Thatcher: The Final Days,” and appeared as the Queen Mother Elizabeth in 2006 film “The Queen.”