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  • Air India pride of the country, a plan is being made to sell it off: Mamata
  • Italy gets Brussels backing for EU peers to accept migrants off boats
  • Djokovic leads the way into Eastbourne semi-finals
  • South Sudan says aid workers can not go to 'insecure' rebel-held areas
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  • Now, ED serves notice to Huriyat leader Geelani for possessing dollars illegally
  • Cong to boycott GST launch, says Modi has trivialised 'Freedom at midnight moment'
  • Venezuela's shield-bearing protesters inspired by Ukraine
  • Three new records set on first day at State athletics meet
  • Odisha to set up a model weaver village in Berhampur
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Helicopter attacks Venezuela court, Maduro denounces coup bid

28 Jun 2017 | 10:32 AM

* Venezuelan police helicopter fires on Supreme Court, ministry * Maduro calls incident "a terrorist attack" * Socialist leader has faced three months of protests * Demonstrators seek elections, relief from economic crisis By Silene Ramírez and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS, Jun 28 (Reuters) A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by "terrorists" seeking a coup.

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China's yuan extends gains on firmer fixing and state bank support

28 Jun 2017 | 10:28 AM

SHANGHAI, Jun 28 (Reuters) China's yuan on Wednesday extended the previous day's gain against the US dollar, which traders attributed to a significantly firmer midpoint setting and support from major state-owned banks.

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Nepal votes in second round of crucial local election

28 Jun 2017 | 10:28 AM

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Jun 28 (Reuters) Nepalis began voting in the second round of local elections today, a key step towards holding a general election later this year that would complete a near decade-long democratic transition after the abolition of its monarchy.

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US says needs to work together with China on NKorea, trade

US says needs to work together with China on NKorea, trade

28 Jun 2017 | 10:17 AM

BEIJING, Jun 28 (Reuters) Newly appointed US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said today there is a need to work together with China on some pressing issues, such as North Korea and expanding trade.

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Wheat prices firm on fears dry weather could damage crops

28 Jun 2017 | 10:05 AM

* Wheat extends two-day gains to more than 1 pct * USDA pegs condition of crop below market expectations * Corn edges higher, soybean prices firm By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Jun 28 (Reuters) US wheat edged up on Wednesday to extend two-day gains to more than 1 percent, with concerns that dry weather would hit crops in key producing regions.

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Australia, NZ dollars erode against euro, gain on greenback

28 Jun 2017 | 10:03 AM

By Swati Pandey and Charlotte Greenfield SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, Jun 28 (Reuters) The Australian dollar stood near three-week lows on Wednesday versus a euro hoisted up by remarks from European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi, which were seen as signalling a change in its super-easy policy stance.

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Asia stocks pressured as Wall St hit by healthcare vote delay

28 Jun 2017 | 10:01 AM

* Vote on US healthcare reform delayed until next month * Euro soars after Draghi says ECB could adjust policy tools * Crude oil futures steady after their overnight surge By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO, Jun 28 (Reuters) Asian shares slumped on Wednesday after Wall Street was knocked hard in the wake of a delay to a US healthcare reform vote, while the euro rallied after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted that the ECB could trim its stimulus this year.

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Australia shares rise on higher commodity prices; NZ flat

28 Jun 2017 | 10:00 AM

By Sindhu Chandrasekaran Undated, Jun 28 (Reuters) Australian shares recouped early losses to trade higher on Wednesday with miners among the biggest gainers following a rise in commodity prices.

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China iron ore rallies again as investors' appetite for steel returns

28 Jun 2017 | 9:59 AM

BEIJING, Jun 28 (Reuters) China's iron ore rallied more than 3 percent on Wednesday, hitting its highest in a month and extending recent gains as investors piled into the market ahead of the quarter end and on a revival in appetite for bulk commodities.

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China economy improves in Q2 but deleveraging poses risks - private survey

28 Jun 2017 | 9:57 AM

* Chinese firms say revenue, hiring improved in Q2 - survey * But inventories hit highest level on record * Companies still borrowing despite higher rates * But there are signs of tougher times ahead for businesses BEIJING, Jun 28 (Reuters) China's economy continued to improve in the second quarter, with corporate profits rising and hiring up, a private survey showed, but it suggested the Asian giant may have to brace for tougher times ahead even though firms have been able to weather a tighter financing environment.

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China sets yuan midpoint at strongest level since June 19

China sets yuan midpoint at strongest level since June 19

28 Jun 2017 | 9:56 AM

SHANGHAI, Jun 28 (Reuters) China's central bank set the yuan midpoint at 6 point 8053 per dollar on Wednesday, lifting it 239 pips from the previous day's fixing to its strongest level since June 19.

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Trump to nominate Textron executive for Pentagon acquisition post

Trump to nominate Textron executive for Pentagon acquisition post

28 Jun 2017 | 9:51 AM

WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (Reuters) US President Donald Trump intends to nominate Textron Systems Chief Executive Ellen Lord for the position of under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, the White House said in a statement.

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Helicopter attacks Venezuela court, Maduro denounces coup bid

28 Jun 2017 | 9:32 AM

* Venezuelan police helicopter fires on Supreme Court, ministry * Maduro calls incident "a terrorist attack" * Socialist leader has faced three months of protests * Demonstrators seek elections, relief from economic crisis By Silene Ramírez and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS, Jun 28 (Reuters) A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by "terrorists" seeking a coup.

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HK's second board hits fresh low amid market jitters

28 Jun 2017 | 9:17 AM

HONG KONG, Jun 28 (Reuters) Hong Kong's second board hit a fresh record low on Wednesday, with shares of penny stocks plunging as investors raced to reduce their exposure to the highly volatile market.

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US prosecutors seek to halt pretrial release of Uzbek terror suspect

28 Jun 2017 | 9:17 AM

By Keith Coffman DENVER, Jun 27 (Reuters) Federal prosecutors appealed against a US judge's order allowing the release of a Colorado man held for more than five years while awaiting trial on charges of providing support to a suspected Islamist group in his native Uzbekistan.

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US says hopes China will approve more GMO corn for import

28 Jun 2017 | 9:16 AM

BEIJING, Jun 28 (Reuters) The United States hopes that more varieties of its genetically modified corn will be approved for import by Beijing, the US ambassador to China said on Wednesday.

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Oil prices weighed down as US inventory gains revive glut worries

28 Jun 2017 | 9:13 AM

* US crude, gasoline inventories rise against expectations -API * Vitol expects crude at $40-$55 a barrel next few quarters By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE, Jun 28 (Reuters) Oil markets were steady to lower on Wednesday after a report of rising US fuel and crude inventories underscored concerns that a three-year supply glut is far from over.

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US hopes to see Chinese activist Liu treated for cancer "elsewhere"

28 Jun 2017 | 9:12 AM

* US ambassador hopes Liu can get cancer treatment outside China * President Trump's top representative in China arrived yesterday * Nobel laureate Liu was serving 11-year jail term for subversion * Ambassador Branstad seen as an old friend of China By Michael Martina BEIJING, Jun 28 (Reuters) Newly appointed US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad today said the United States would like to see Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Liu Xiaobo treated elsewhere for cancer, and that the two countries must work together on human rights.

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China policy bank announces bond for offshore investors ahead of Bond Connect

28 Jun 2017 | 9:11 AM

SHANGHAI, Jun 28 (Reuters) China's state-owned Agricultural Development Bank of China plans to issue yuan bonds to both onshore and offshore investors on July 3, coinciding with the country's launch of a "Bond Connect" scheme to link its nearly $10 trillion bond market with overseas investors.

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Japan defense minister under fire before key Tokyo poll

28 Jun 2017 | 7:46 AM

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, Jun 28 (Reuters) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, its ratings slipping over suspicions of favouritism, has suffered a fresh embarrassment when his defense minister made politically sensitive remarks just days ahead of a key local election.

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Saudi, Qatar ministers spar over Arab nations' demands

28 Jun 2017 | 5:56 AM

WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (Reuters) Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism.

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Trump pushes US labor board toward Republican control

28 Jun 2017 | 5:54 AM

By Daniel Wiessner Undated, Jun 28 (Reuters) US President Donald Trump said he had picked an employment lawyer who has represented companies and business groups for a vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board.

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At least 24 migrants die as thousands rescued in seas off Libya

28 Jun 2017 | 5:52 AM

TRIPOLI, Jun 28 (Reuters) Red Crescent volunteers recovered the bodies of 24 migrants that were washed up in an eastern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as large-scale rescues were made in the Mediterranean.

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US judge reopens case of Colorado 'intersex' veteran denied passport

28 Jun 2017 | 5:38 AM

By Keith Coffman DENVER, Jun 28 (Reuters) A federal judge agreed to review the constitutionality of a US State Department policy of refusing to grant passports to people who identify as neither male nor female.

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Clinton campaign chairman testifies in US House Russia probe

28 Jun 2017 | 5:27 AM

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (Reuters) Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, appeared before the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, which has begun interviewing witnesses in its probe of how Russia may have influenced the 2016 election.

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Security clampdown in far-western China exacts toll on businesses

28 Jun 2017 | 5:25 AM

By Sue-Lin Wong URUMQI, China, Jun 28 (Reuters) The economy of the vast Xinjiang region in far western China is officially growing at a robust pace, faster than the country as a whole.

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Top Senate Republican expresses optimism on healthcare bill after Trump meeting

28 Jun 2017 | 5:06 AM

WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (Reuters) Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said a meeting between Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump on healthcare was helpful and he expressed optimism the Senate would eventually pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

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US House overwhelmingly backs NATO mutual defense

28 Jun 2017 | 5:03 AM

WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (Reuters) The US House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously today to reaffirm the NATO alliance's guarantee that all members defend each other, weeks after President Donald Trump raised doubts about Washington's support for the agreement.

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Mexican ex-state governor accepts extradition to Mexico

28 Jun 2017 | 1:04 AM

GUATEMALA CITY, Jun 27 (Reuters) Javier Duarte, a former state governor of Mexico's ruling party who was arrested in Guatemala in mid-April and faces prosecution in his homeland for embezzlement and organized crime, agreed in court today to be extradited to Mexico.

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Merkel sounds conciliatory tone on trade before G20 summit

28 Jun 2017 | 12:57 AM

BERLIN, Jun 27 (Reuters) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today that global trade was not a zero-sum game and that she would seek to establish a rules-based commerce system that benefits all, striking a compromising tone before a G20 summit next week.

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