Brekky Wrap: Super Typhoon Slams China, Flooding Fears In North Carolina, Renewed Pill Testing Calls

All the news you need to know this Monday morning.

A super typhoon has reached China's most populous Guangdong province after wreaking havoc in  Hong Kong and Macau. Tropical Cyclone Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines, where various reports suggest up to 50 people have been killed, mostly in landslides or near mountainous areas of the Cordilera region. Packing winds of more than 200km/h, it is considered the strongest to hit the region this year.

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Authorities in North Carolina are bracing for possible major flooding as rivers fill to bursting point. The death toll has risen to at least 14 from Florence, which crashed into the U.S. state as a hurricane on Friday. It has weakened to a tropical depression, but is forecast to drop up to another 25 centimetres of rain to the state.

Two people have fallen ill after eating at a restaurant in Salisbury, the English town where former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in March. 

Calls for pill testing have been reignited following the deaths of two young people at Sydney's Defqon.1 festival. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has vowed to ban the festival, saying "there is no such thing as a safe drug", while experts quickly argued current safety measures are not working.

The search for culprits inserting needles into strawberries is spreading with punnets of contaminated fruit now being found in five states. Tasmania Police is investigating the latest possible contamination of a punnet bought at a Woolworths in Hobart, while a case at a supermarket in Adelaide Hills was confirmed by South Australia police. Before that case, six brands had been affected, prompting the federal health minister to order an assessment of the states' handling of the "very vicious crime".

Aged care standards are expected to be a key issue in parliament this week following the announcement of a royal commission into the sector.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the commission, welcomed by a number of aged care groups, that will look at both the quality of residential and aged-care homes, including how young Australians are cared for in residential facilities.

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NSW Police has extended the search for missing woman Lynette Dawson for a sixth day. Police have not said whether they have found anything at her former Bayview home on Sydney's northern beaches in the extensive dig that was initially expected to last five days.  There has been widespread interest in the case after the release of the Australian podcast Teacher's Pet. 

Queensland Police said it had no option but to shoot a knife-wielding man during a stand-off at a train station southwest of Brisbane. Acting Superintendent Mel Adams said three police were confronted by a man during the "brief" encounter on the train platform on Sunday afternoon.

It's the second police shooting to take place over the weekend, with an armed man being shot by officers in Queanbeyan, in southeast NSW, on Saturday.

In sports news, Lewis Hamilton has eased into victory in the Singapore Grant Prix, strengthening his grip on the World Championship. Australia's Daniel Ricciardo came in sixth, while Hamilton registered a record-equalling fourth triumph at the Marina Bay Street Circuit track on Sunday.

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