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  • Van Niekerk breaks another Johnson world record in rare 300m race
  • Opposition Labour loses vote on UK austerity, pay cap
  • US to unveil enhanced airline security plan to avoid laptop ban
  • Venezuela hunts rogue helicopter attackers, Maduro foes suspicious
  • Despite healthcare hit, Trump says big surprise on bill could come
  • Brazil's Supreme Court sends Temer charges to lower house

Soaring building costs sound sour note for "rock star" New Zealand economy

26 Jun 2017 | 6:24 AM

* NZ construction boom 13 pct of economy in Q1 2017 * Migration gains, quake rebuilding driving activity * Non-residential construction costs up 50 pct in 2.

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Japan regional banks face further delays in merger plans

26 Jun 2017 | 4:16 AM

By Takahiko Wada and Sumio Ito TOKYO, Jun 26 (Reuters) A proposed merger between two banks in southern Japan will likely be delayed for a second time over monopoly concerns, sources said, highlighting the difficulty regional banks face in trying to consolidate to survive the shrinking market.

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Italy's centre-right ahead in mayoral vote run-offs

26 Jun 2017 | 4:14 AM

* Vote comes ahead of national election due by May 2018 * Results look likely to be a setback for ruling Democratic Party By Gavin Jones ROME, Jun 26 (Reuters) Italy's centre-right parties performed strongly in mayoral elections today, early results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the centre-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year.

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Surgical strike showed India will act to protect its sovereignty:Modi

26 Jun 2017 | 1:58 AM

Washington, Jun 25 (UNI) Sending out a a strong message from the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that India will not hesitates to take any step to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and no world power could question it.

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Conservative activists hold muted rallies in Washington

26 Jun 2017 | 1:22 AM

By Julia Harte and John Whitesides WASHINGTON, Jun 25 (Reuters) Conservative activists held a pair of rallies in Washington today to decry the handful of celebrities who have joked about violence against President Donald Trump and to protest efforts to stop contentious speakers at colleges.

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Albania's Socialists set to win parliamentary vote - exit poll

26 Jun 2017 | 12:15 AM

TIRANA, Jun 25 (Reuters) Albania's ruling Socialist Party looked set to win today's parliamentary election with between 45 and 49 per cent of votes, an exit poll by Italy's IPR Marketing showed.

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Iraqi forces say major Islamic State attack blocked outside old city of Mosul

26 Jun 2017 | 12:09 AM

ERBIL, Iraq, Jun 25 (Reuters) Iraq's armed forces blocked a major wave of attacks by Islamic State suicide bombers outside the Old City of Mosul today, a military statement said.

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Quake measuring 6.3 hits area northwest of Tonga - USGS

25 Jun 2017 | 11:50 PM

Undated, Jun 25 (Reuters) A 6.

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Sixty high-rise buildings fail safety tests after London fire-UK government

25 Jun 2017 | 10:15 PM

LONDON, Jun 25 (Reuters) Sixty high-rise buildings have failed safety tests carried out after a fire killed at least 79 people in London earlier this month, the British government said today.

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Israel attacks Syrian posts after cross-border fire from Syria

25 Jun 2017 | 10:13 PM

JERUSALEM, Jun 25 (Reuters) Israel said it had attacked Syrian military targets today after stray shells from fighting in Syria's civil war landed inside the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

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US urges Arab states to reach resolution in dispute

25 Jun 2017 | 9:31 PM

WASHINGTON, Jun 25 (Reuters) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today that Qatar and the four Arab states that imposed a boycott on their tiny but wealthy neighbor should sit down together in order to try to reach a resolution.

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Six children killed in blast in northwestern Pakistani village

25 Jun 2017 | 9:30 PM

By Saud Mehsud

ISLAMABAD, Jun 25 (Reuters) Six children were killed in a village in northwestern Pakistan today when they picked up an explosive device that looked like a toy, officials said.

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Erdogan dismisses pledges over weapons for Kurds in Syria

25 Jun 2017 | 8:28 PM

ISTANBUL, Jun 25 (Reuters) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said today countries which promised to get back weapons supplied to Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria were trying to trick Turkey and would eventually realise their mistake.

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Six hurt as car hits people in UK's Newcastle, not terrorism-related -police

25 Jun 2017 | 7:48 PM

LONDON, Jun 25 (Reuters) Six people were injured today after a car mounted a pavement outside a sports centre in the northern English city of Newcastle, but the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related, police said.

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US Senator Rand Paul says would consider partial repeal of Obamacare

25 Jun 2017 | 7:45 PM

WASHINGTON, Jun 25 (Reuters) US Republican Senator Rand Paul said today that he remains open to supporting the Senate healthcare bill but only under certain circumstances.

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Erdogan dismisses pledges over weapons for Kurds in Syria

25 Jun 2017 | 7:23 PM

ISTANBUL, Jun 25 (Reuters) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed today as a trick a reported US promise that weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria would be returned after the defeat of Islamic State.

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Top Senate Democrat Schumer: 50-50 chance Republicans pass healthcare bill

25 Jun 2017 | 7:17 PM

WASHINGTON, Jun 25 (Reuters) US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said today that he sees a 50 per cent probability that Republicans will be able to pass their healthcare bill.

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Britain to crack down on militant, criminal financing

25 Jun 2017 | 6:39 PM

LONDON, Jun 25 (Reuters) Britain will bring in new rules today to crack down on funds used to finance organised crime and terrorism, requiring businesses such as banks, estate agents, accountants and payment firms to carry out more checks on money flows.

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More than 1,500 evacuated due to forest fires in southern Spain

25 Jun 2017 | 6:37 PM

Undated, Jun 25 (Reuters) Major forest fires in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from homes, campsites and hotels, a government official said today.

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Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years

25 Jun 2017 | 6:32 PM

By Alaa Marjani MOSUL, Iraq, Jun 25 (Reuters) People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Islamic State in years today after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over.

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Albanians vote in test for democracy, EU membership

25 Jun 2017 | 6:29 PM

By Benet Koleka and Ivana Sekularac TIRANA, Jun 25 (Reuters) Albanians were voting in a parliamentary election today with the ruling Socialists and rival Democrats seeking a majority to push through judicial reforms vital for membership of the European Union.

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France's Macron mulls convening parliament in Versailles palace

25 Jun 2017 | 6:26 PM

PARIS, Jun 25 (Reuters) French President Emmanuel Macron is considering convening a joint session of parliament in the palace of Versailles to address deputies and senators, government spokesman Christophe Castaner said today.

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Hopes fade in China for 93 missing in landslide

25 Jun 2017 | 6:13 PM

By Sue-Lin Wong MAO COUNTY, China, Jun 25 (Reuters) Rescue workers in southwestern China pulled bodies out of piles of rock and mud today as they searched for 93 people missing after a landslide buried a mountain village, with some residents giving up hope of finding survivors.

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Oil truck explosion kills 146 people in Pakistan

25 Jun 2017 | 5:56 PM

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Jun 25 (Reuters) An oil tanker crashed and exploded on a road in Pakistan today, killing 146 people, many of whom were collecting leaking fuel before it ignited, government officials and rescue workers said.

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Iran says arrests 50 suspected of links to militant groups

25 Jun 2017 | 5:43 PM

DUBAI, Jun 25 (Reuters) Iranian authorities have rounded up at least 50 people suspected of links to militant groups in a Western province, a prosecutor said today, the latest in a wave of arrests following twin bomb and gun attacks in Tehran in early June.

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Italy votes in local elections that may boost the centre-right

25 Jun 2017 | 5:19 PM

By Gavin Jones ROME, Jun 25 (Reuters) People in more than 100 Italian towns and cities voted today to pick municipal mayors in a run-off ballot that could bolster centre-right parties ahead of a national election due in less than a year.

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Keep the faith, ex-German Chancellor tells Merkel's election rivals

25 Jun 2017 | 5:17 PM

DORTMUND/BERLIN, Germany, Jun 25 (Reuters) Former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the last Social Democrat (SPD) to lead Germany, urged his party to go out and fight for victory in the September election despite trailing Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives by 15 points in polls.

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France's Macron considers convening parliament in Versailles palace

25 Jun 2017 | 5:15 PM

PARIS, Jun 25 (Reuters) French President Emmanuel Macron is considering convening parliament in the palace of Versailles to address deputies and senators, government spokesman Christophe Castaner said today.

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Australian PM gets Trump-brand tie during church visit

Australian PM gets Trump-brand tie during church visit

25 Jun 2017 | 4:54 PM

SYDNEY, Jun 25 (Reuters) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who at times has had frosty relations US President Donald Trump, received a pink Trump-branded tie today as a gift during a visit to a Coptic Orthodox church.

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US top court set to rule on religious rights; travel ban looms

25 Jun 2017 | 4:44 PM

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Jun 25 (Reuters) The US Supreme Court is set to rule in a closely watched religious rights case involving limits on public funding for churches and other religious entities as the justices issue the final rulings of their current term.

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