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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Amazon, Republicans: Your Friday Briefing

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Hundreds commemorate Jewish sage at his tomb in southern Israel

NETIVOT, Israel (Reuters) - Hundreds of Jewish worshippers made a pilgrimage on Thursday to the tomb in southern Israel of a sage revered by his followers as a miracle-maker.

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Australia steps up efforts to woo Chinese tennis tourists

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open has stepped up efforts to lure Chinese tennis fans to Melbourne Park by boosting broadcast and sponsorship deals.

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Drone rescues swimmers in Australia in world first

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities...

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Dance bars, mobile phones and Chelsea jerseys: changing face of Bhutan

THIMPHU (Reuters) - For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights and a culture that had barely changed in centuries.

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UPDATE 1-Woodside bullish on Australian Pluto LNG expansion prospect

* Talks with Myanmar on gas development terms "well advanced" (Adds CEO comments)

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Asia and Australia Edition: Winter Olympics, California, C.I.A.: Your Thursday Briefing

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Fragment of flag Nelson flew at Trafalgar sells for almost 300,000 pounds

LONDON (Reuters) - A piece of the Union Jack flag believed to have been flown from the flagship of Britain's Lord Horatio Nelson's ship during the Battle of Trafalgar sold for 297,000 pounds...

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After 950 years, France to lend Bayeux Tapestry to Britain

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the tale of how William the Conqueror came to invade England in 1066, an official at the...

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London zoo names newborn Okapi after Meghan Markle

LONDON (Reuters) - Meghan Markle, the American actress who is engaged to Britain's Prince Harry, has a new namesake after London zoo named a just-born Okapi after her in honor of her wedding in May.

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Marta Kostyuk, 15, Reaches 3rd Round of Australian Open

There’s no doubt the Ukrainian teenager can play at a high level, but she’s also learning to deal with the high expectations that come with early success.

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Wilma! Malaysian sultan gets his own Flintstone car

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian sultan, known for his love of cars, was this week given his very own car right out of history, but he won't be getting blisters on his feet driving it around.

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World's biggest flooded cave found in Mexico, explorers say

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of divers has connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help...

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Retirements Are Down at the Australian Open. Is Money the Reason?

Only one of the 128 singles matches in the Australian Open’s first round ended with a player retiring midmatch, tying the lowest total at a Grand Slam event in the last 10 years.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Bannon, California, Netanyahu: Your Morning Briefing

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Brussels recreates rape victim outfits in exhibition

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new exhibition in Brussels showcases the stories of student rape victims by recreating the outfits they wore during their assault, inspired by a project created by students at...

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Wayward wallaby gets the jump on police in Sydney Harbour Bridge chase

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians often joke that tourists expect to see kangaroos hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge but the joke was on police on Tuesday when a wayward wallaby led them in an early-morning chase across the famous landmark.

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Wallaby leads police chase over Sydney Harbour Bridge

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A wallaby hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge held up early-morning traffic in Australia's biggest city on Tuesday, before being caught downtown by police officers.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jakarta, North Korea, the Cranberries: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Whisky and waders as fishermen welcome salmon season in Scotland

KENMORE, Scotland (Reuters) - On the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish highlands, a parade of pipers and a whisky-based blessing helped mark the start of the country's salmon fishing season on...

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Ancient Greek tragedy tells timeless story of Syrian flight

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of Syrian women are adapting the Euripides' tragedy "Iphigenia", using a a play set during an ancient war to bring Berlin audiences closer to the plight of women driven...

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Enjoying the high life, up on the roof in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv (Reuters) - When it comes to the high life in Tel Aviv, residents of the Mediterranean metropolis need look no further than their own rooftops.

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BRIEF-Torex Begins Re-Start Of Operations At ELG Mine, Main Access Gate Blockade Remains In Place

* TOREX INITIATES RE-START OF OPERATIONS AT ELG MINE: BLOCKADE AT MAIN ACCESS GATE REMAINS IN PLACE

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DACA, Hawaii, Australian Open: Your Monday Briefing

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Nadal charges into second round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

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Coco goes bananas as Americans slip up at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Coco Vandeweghe's petulant standoff over a shortage of bananas was the low point on a horror day for the United States at the Australian Open on Monday as a raft of American players skidded out of the season's first grand slam in the first round.

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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children's films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the...

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Australian Open: Within Hours, Three Top Americans Fall

Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe — all U.S. Open semifinalists — did not make it out of the first round on Monday in Melbourne.

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Bencic sends Venus crashing out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open by dumping last year's finalist Venus Williams out of the first round with an impressive 6-3 7-5 win on Monday.

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Highlights of Australian Open day one

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Highlights of Monday's opening day of the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year:

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Rallying: Peterhansel wins stage but Sainz remains well ahead

(Reuters) - Reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel fought back to win the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally in Bolivia on Sunday but Peugeot team mate Carlos Sainz remained more than an hour clear of the field.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Hawaii, North Korea, Iran: Your Monday Briefing

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Venus to battle Bencic as Australian Open gets underway

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open gets underway with a bang on Monday, with last year's finalist Venus Williams taking on resurgent Swiss talent Belinda Bencic in a much-anticipated clash of generations on Rod Laver Arena's center court.

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Bushfires shut Australia's Newcastle airport for second time in 24 hours

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The airport for the Australian city of Newcastle has canceled flights for the second time in 24 hours because of bushfires in the area, operator Newcastle Airport said on its Facebook page on Sunday.

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Tennis: Tomic slide continues with Australian Open failure

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic's slide down the ATP rankings is set to continue after he fell 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 to Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the final round of Australian Open qualifying on Sunday.

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For now, Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire

SYDNEY (Reuters) - When Australia said this month it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a bid to dominate a global market set to be worth $55 billion by 2025, investors scrambled to buy shares in marijuana companies - pushing several of them, and the sector as a whole, to record highs.

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Australia's Port Hedland reopens as Cyclone Joyce dissipates

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal reopened on Saturday afternoon after a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest dissipated, the port's operator said on Saturday evening.

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Kerber issues Australian Open warning with Sydney triumph

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber continued her 2018 resurgence with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday, giving herself a welcome boost ahead of next week's Australian Open.

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Tennis: Kerber issues Australian Open warning with Sydney triumph

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber continued her 2018 resurgence with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday, giving herself a welcome boost ahead of next week's Australian Open.

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Saudi women score right to watch men's soccer in stadiums

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Women in black abayas and fluorescent orange vests stood at the gates at King Abdullah Stadium, welcoming people into the family section that, for the first time in Saudi Arabia,...

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Australian Open Begins a Challenging Season in Tennis

Familiar names on and off the court will be missing at the first Grand Slam of the year.

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Navratilova backs Kvitova, Venus at Australian Open

(Reuters) - Former world number one Martina Navratilova believes Petra Kvitova's attacking style of play makes her one of the top contenders for next week's Australian Open, while Venus Williams' experience gives her the edge over the rest of the women's field.

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Ancient statues looted in Lebanese war returned decades later

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A marble bull's head made 2,400 years ago for a Phoenician temple and looted during Lebanon's civil war arrived in Beirut on Friday after American officials found it in the United...

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Australia's Port Hedland set to reopen as Cyclone Joyce moves away

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal will likely reopen on Saturday after Australia's weather bureau cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest, the port's operator said on Friday.

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Barty downs compatriot Gavrilova to reach Sydney final

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ashleigh Barty overcame a slow start to win her all-Australian semi-final against Daria Gavrilova 3-6 6-4 6-2 and advance to the final of the Sydney International.

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Australia's weather bureau drops Port Hedland warning as Cyclone Joyce nears land

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday and dropped its warning for high winds at iron ore terminal Port Hedland.

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Saudi women-only motorshow opens in Jeddah

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Women flocked to Le Mall in Jeddah on Thursday to check out the kingdom's first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia granted them the right to drive.

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Horrible carriage, unwieldy crowns: Queen Elizabeth's candid views of coronation and royal jewels

LONDON (Reuters) - Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Britain's Queen Elizabeth has revealed how uncomfortable riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony was and how...

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Australia's weather bureau downgrades forecast severity of Cyclone Joyce

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest on Friday.

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Fossil of dinosaur swept away in ancient Australian river found

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.

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Newly discovered dinosaur was the size of a turkey -- and Australian

Scientists have discovered a species of dinosaur that roamed between Australia and Antarctica 113 million years ago.

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Fragment of flag Nelson flew at Trafalgar to go up for auction

LONDON (Reuters) - A piece of the Union Jack flag believed to have been flown from British military leader Lord Horatio Nelson's ship during the Battle of Trafalgar is to be auctioned in London later...

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Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in...

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Wheelchair-bound athlete honored for climbing up mountain

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly...

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Federer to open Australia Open against Bedene

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer will open his Australian Open title defense against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene next week, while top seed Rafa Nadal, the losing finalist last year, was paired with Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos at the draw on Thursday.

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Round up my ride! Bulgarian returns Singapore's damaged rental bikes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A sea of yellow and orange bicycles in Singapore's public spaces shows how quickly the city-state has embraced the shared-bike culture since major operators such as Chinese...

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Californian man dies hiking Australia's sweltering outback

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An American tourist has died in the Australian outback while hiking though sweltering conditions on the Larapinta Trail, renowned for its ancient Aboriginal sacred sites, police said on Thursday.

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Australia's Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal was clearing all vessels from its harbor on Thursday as a tropical cyclone intensified off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said.

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Fans shake, rattle and roll at Australia's Elvis festival

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hundreds of hip-shaking and wig-wearing Elvis Presley lookalikes and fans of the late King of Rock and Roll took trains from Sydney bound for Australia's annual Elvis festival on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

* Suggests consumer spending rebounded in Q4, adding to GDP growth

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CORRECTED-Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Australian retail sales boasted the biggest monthly rise in four years in November as consumers splashed out on Apple iPhones and Black Friday promotions, a major boost for an economy that had been struggling with sluggish spending.

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Thiem an Australian Open doubt after Kooyong withdrawal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Dominic Thiem's preparations for the Australian Open suffered another setback on Thursday when the world number five was forced to pull out of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.

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Australia's Port Hedland says clearing port due to cyclone fears

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal has begun clearing all vessels in its harbor as a tropical storm intensifies off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said on Thursday.

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Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Australian retail sales boasted the biggest monthly rise in four years in November as consumers splashed out on Apple iPhones and Black Friday promotions, a major boost for an economy that had been struggling with sluggish spending.

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Evergreen Federer is clear Australian Open favorite

(Reuters) - Roger Federer is the "clear favorite" to retain his Australian Open title over an injury-riddled field when the first grand slam of the season starts next week in Melbourne, tennis analysts said on Wednesday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, California, Kodak: Your Thursday Briefing

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Palestinians in East Jerusalem cherish horses as family

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian Fares Salem treats the horses he looks after at stables overlooking Jerusalem's walled Old City as though they were members of his own family.

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In digital age, circus maintains flesh-and-blood appeal

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Budapest's international circus festival shows audiences are still captivated by the emotion of a live performance, Charlie Chaplin's son Eugene, who heads the jury, said.

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Muguruza withdraws from Sydney after defeating Bertens

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Garbine Muguruza's preparations for next week's Australian Open were thrown into disarray when the world number three pulled out of the Sydney International with a thigh injury on Wednesday.

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Port Hedland may clear ships as storm builds off Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Vessels may be cleared from Australia's Port Hedland, the world's biggest iron ore export terminal, as early as Thursday as a safety precaution because of a tropical storm, port manager Pilbara Ports Authority said on Wednesday.

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Muguruza battles past Bertens To reach Sydney last eight

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Top seed Garbine Muguruza overcame an injury scare to battle past Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6(6) and advance to the Sydney International quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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Nadal begins new era without mentor Toni in Australia

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal showed that talk of his demise had been exaggerated by winning the French and U.S. Open titles last year although he faces a battle to repeat those feats without his lifelong coach and uncle Toni while also fighting familiar injury troubles.

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Japanese astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' of height increase

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing...

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Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia's third-hottest year

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday, as global warming changed the continent's climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Winter Olympics, Macron, H&M: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Feeding the fashionistas: Gucci turns to fine dining

Luxury labels are accustomed to tempting fashionistas, and now they're stretching from haute couture to haute cuisine.

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Australian same-sex couples say 'I do'

As the clocks struck midnight on Tuesday, dozens of same-sex couples tied the knot in Australia, marking the first legal ceremonies of their kind in the country.

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Defending champion Konta, Williams exit Sydney International

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Defending champion Johanna Konta was bundled out in the first round of the Sydney International by Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams also lost in her first match of the tournament on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Cigna Says Reaffirms Projected FY2017 Consolidated Adjusted Income From Operations, Which Remains In Range Of $2.60 Bln To $2.65 Bln

* CIGNA SAYS REAFFIRMS PROJECTED FY 2017 CONSOLIDATED ADJUSTED INCOME FROM OPERATIONS, WHICH REMAINS IN RANGE OF $2.60 BILLION TO $2.65 BILLION

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Wawrinka, Nadal give Australian Open huge boost

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champions Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal gave Australian Open organizers a massive boost on Tuesday when they both said they were looking forward to next week's season opening grand slam after battling long-term injuries.

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Ancient finding in Peru sheds light on desert society - archaeologist

LIMA (Reuters) - Archaeologists have discovered two chambers used for political ceremonies on Peru's desert coast more than 1,500 years ago that had previously only been glimpsed in the illustrations...

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Midnight marriages usher in Australia's same-sex wedding laws

SYDNEY (Reuters) - At the stroke of midnight and in the early hours of Tuesday morning dozens of same-sex couples exchanged wedding vows across Australia as laws making the nation the 26th in the world to legalize gay marriage took effect.

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Wawrinka gives Australian Open huge boost

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Stan Wawrinka gave Australian Open organisers a massive boost on Tuesday when he told reporters he was feeling "really positive" about the new season and was keen to get back on court.

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Australia impatient for home champion at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For a tournament branded the "happy slam" by Roger Federer, the Australian Open has given little cheer to home players.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Oprah Winfrey, El Salvador, Iran: Your Tuesday Briefing

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BRIEF-Gain Capital announces ‍launch Of Bitcoin Trading In Australia, Singapore On Co's City Index Branded Service​

* GAIN CAPITAL HOLDINGS INC - ‍LAUNCH OF BITCOIN TRADING IN AUSTRALIA AND SINGAPORE ON COMPANY'S CITY INDEX BRANDED SERVICE​

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UPDATE 2-Australia forecasts 20 pct iron ore price drop in 2018 as China demand eases

* LNG exports on the rise (Adds iron ore price milestone, UBS, Citi forecasts)

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U.S. Open champion Stephens bundled out in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens' preparations for the Australian Open hit a speed bump on Monday when she was bundled out of the Sydney International first round by Italy's Camila Giorgi.

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UPDATE 1-Australia forecasts 20 pct iron ore price drop in 2018 as China demand eases

* LNG exports on the rise (Adds liquefied natural gas forecasts)

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How Hot Was It in Australia? Hot Enough to Melt Asphalt

A short-lived but blistering heat wave brought near-record temperatures to large areas of Australia, including a high of 117 degrees in a Sydney suburb.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Jerusalem, Golden Globes: Your Monday Briefing

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Kyrgios wins Brisbane tennis title in Australian Open boost

(Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios beat Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday to clinch his maiden tour title on home soil and gain a big confidence boost ahead of the Australian Open.

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Sydney swelters with near-record temps

Sydney endured its hottest temperature in nearly 80 years on Sunday, Australian meteorologists say.

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Tennis: Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ekaterina Makarova kept cool in the fierce Australian heat to upset the French Open champion and world number seven Jelena Ostapenko 7-6(3) 6-1 in the opening round of the Sydney International on Sunday.

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Thousands of Belgians brave cold to take dip in wintery North Sea

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - Thousands of people braved the biting cold of a Belgian winter on Saturday to take a dip in the North Sea in Ostend's traditional New Year's plunge.

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Halep warms up for Australian Open with Shenzhen tennis title win

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep continued her preparations for the Australian Open by lifting the Shenzhen Open title after a 6-1 2-6 6-0 victory over holder Katerina Siniakova on Saturday.

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Svitolina sends Australian Open warning with Brisbane tennis title triumph

(Reuters) - Ukrainian Elina Svitolina got the perfect boost ahead of the Australian Open by lifting the Brisbane International title with a 6-2 6-1 win over qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Saturday.

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Bushfires destroy buildings in Australia as heatwave melts highway surface

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bushfires in Australia destroyed buildings and threatened lives on Saturday as a heatwave in three states brought temperatures strong enough to melt the bitumen on a highway.

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Trilobites: A Mummified Child’s Remains Show Signs of a Modern Scourge

For decades, scientists thought the toddler died nearly 500 years ago from smallpox. New research shows it carried hepatitis B.

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11,500-year-old infant remains reveal ancient population

The skeletons of two ancient infants, who lived and died in Alaska 11,500 years ago, are helping tell the story of a previously unknown population called the Ancient Beringians, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. This is the first genomic evidence that all Native Americans can be traced back to the same population that migrated using a land bridge.

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Freestyle Skiing: Williams hoping for last chance at Olympics, yet heart remains in backcountry

LONDON (Reuters) - While many athletes dream of competing at successive Winter Olympics, American freestyle skier McRae Williams knows that at the age of 27, next month's Games in Pyeongchang could be his first and last shot at Olympic glory.

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Tillerson: 'Strong' action against North Korea remains an option

Tough military action against North Korea remains an option if diplomatic efforts fail to end its pursuit of nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CNN Friday.

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Dog guards body of dead owner for weeks over Christmas

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A dog has been rescued by animal protection services in Hungary after being found lying alongside the body of her mistress who died weeks before.

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Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara expecting second baby

LONDON (Reuters) - Zara Tindall, the granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, is pregnant with her second child, her spokeswoman said on Friday.

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Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Serena Williams won't be defending her Australian Open title after the American withdrew from the first grand slam of the 2018 season, saying she needs "more time" after giving birth last year.

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UPDATE 2-Boardriders Inc to buy Australia's Billabong for about $155 mln

* Billabong shares rise 2.8 pct to A$0.99 (Recasts and adds buyer comment, analyst quote and shares)

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Serena Williams pulls out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams reluctantly pulled out of this year's Australian Open on Friday, the American saying that while she is close to regaining full fitness after giving birth to her first child in September, she is not ready to defend her title.

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UPDATE 1-Boardriders Inc to buy Australia's Billabong for about $155 mln

Jan 5 (Reuters) - Sports apparel seller Billabong International Ltd said on Friday it had entered an agreement with Boardriders Inc for the U.S.-based firm to buy the Australian company for about A$197.7 million ($155 million).

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Starfish eating Australia's Great Barrier Reef alarm scientists

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia's world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals.

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Boardriders Inc to buy Australia's Billabong for about $155 mln

Jan 5 (Reuters) - Sports apparel seller Billabong International Ltd said on Friday it had entered an agreement with Boardriders Inc for the U.S.-based firm to buy the company for about A$197.7 million ($155 million).

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'Hands off our Irn Bru': Scots vent fury at sugar cut in popular drink

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - It's known as Scotland's second national drink, but a change in the secret recipe for Irn Bru, a sticky-sweet fizzy beverage prized as a hangover cure, has prompted outrage...

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Murray pulls out of Australian Open with hip injury

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Murray will miss this month's Australian Open after failing to recover from the hip injury that has kept him out of action for nearly six months.

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Australia's Cate Blanchett to head Cannes Film Festival jury

PARIS (Reuters) - Australian movie star Cate Blanchett will head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, its organizers said on Thursday.

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Andy Murray pulls out of Australian Open

Former world No.1 Andy Murray, who has not played competitively since July because of a hip injury, has withdrawn from the Australian Open.

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Australia wants to sell pot to the world

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Plane lifted from Sydney river after crash killed British CEO

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian investigators and police hoisted the wreckage of a seaplane from the Sydney river where it sank after crashing on New Year's Eve, killing six people, including the chief executive of British catering company Compass Group Plc.

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No winners in U.S. Powerball jackpot worth $460 million

CHICAGO (Reuters) - No one won the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday worth an estimated $460 million, the seventh-largest prize in the game's history, the lottery website said.

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Tennis: Murray pulls out of Australian Open with hip injury

(Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Murray has pulled out of the Australian Open after failing to recover from a hip injury, tournament organizers said on Thursday.

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Plane wreck lifted from Sydney river after crash killing British CEO

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian air crash investigators and police on Thursday hoisted the wreckage of a seaplane from the Sydney river where it sank after crashing on New Year's Eve, killing six people including the chief executive of British catering company Compass Group Plc.

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Australia to permit medicinal cannabis exports in bid to capture lucrative market

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia said Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalize medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market.

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Tennis: No wildcard for Tomic at Australian Open

(Reuters) - Bernard Tomic is set to sit out the Australian Open after Tennis Australia (TA) decided not to award him a wildcard to the main draw, the organizers said on Thursday.

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Tennis: Muguruza awarded wildcard at Sydney International

(Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has accepted a wildcard into next week's Sydney International, the tournament organisers said on Thursday.

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Muguruza awarded wildcard at Sydney International

(Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has accepted a wildcard into next week's Sydney International, the tournament organisers said on Thursday.

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U.S. Powerball jackpot swells to $460 million, game's seventh-largest

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Lottery players have another chance to strike it rich on Wednesday night when Powerball holds a drawing for a jackpot that has ballooned to an estimated $460 million, the...

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Nishikori withdraws from Australian Open

(Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori has pulled out of this month's Australian Open as he continues to recover from a wrist injury, the world number 22 said on Wednesday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Iran, Nuclear Button, Steve Bannon: Your Thursday Briefing

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Alaskan 'sunrise' girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve...

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Djokovic to return to action before Australian Open

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic is finally set to return to action next week after six months out with an elbow injury and will then decide whether to take part in the Jan 15-28 Australian Open.

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Tennis: Mertens, Goffin find form as Belgium beat Australia in Hopman Cup

(Reuters) - Elise Mertens fended off Daria Gavrilova while David Goffin blitzed his way past Thanasi Kokkinakis as Belgium secured a 3-0 victory over Australia in the Hopman Cup on Wednesday.

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No winner in Mega Millions drawing, jackpot climbs to $418 million

(Reuters) - A jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery climbed to an estimated $418 million, the fourth largest in the game's history, after no tickets matched all six numbers during Tuesday's grand...

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Halep rallies past Duan, ensures top billing for Australian Open

(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep assured herself of top billing for the Australian Open after powering past local hope Duan Yingying and into the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China on Wednesday.

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Eastern U.S. braces for winter storm as bitter cold remains

(Reuters) - A major winter storm will start hitting the U.S Southeast up through New England on Wednesday with freezing rain, snow and strong winds, adding to record-shattering cold that is keeping its grip on much of the eastern United States.

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Fugitive Vietnamese tycoon remains in Singapore, lawyer says

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Vietnamese tycoon detained in Singapore last week remains in the city-state, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday, easing his family's immediate fears that he could face the death penalty if he was sent back home.

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Cuba's Santeria priests wax positive as transition from Castros begins

HAVANA (Reuters) - Priests from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban Santeria religion forecast on Tuesday that the upcoming retirement of President Raul Castro would signify "a moment of change" that accelerates the...

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Asia and Australia Edition: Kim Jong-un, Pakistan, Iran: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Australian investigators to raise seaplane in which Compass Group CEO, family killed

SYDNEY, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Australia's transport safety investigation agency said on Tuesday it plans to raise a seaplane that crashed into a Sydney river on New Year's Eve, killing six people, including the chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Brambles estimates one-time benefit from U.S. tax reform

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Australian pallets and container company Brambles Ltd said on Tuesday it estimates a $125 million to $155 million one-time benefit due to the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the United States.

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Australia's Brambles estimates one-time tax benefit from U.S. tax reform

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Brambles Ltd said on Tuesday it estimates a $125 million to $155 million one-time benefit due to the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the United States.

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RPT-UPDATE 4-Compass Group chief, five others killed in Sydney seaplane crash

SYDNEY/LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) - The chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc and four members of his family were killed when the seaplane they were flying in crashed into a Sydney river on New Year's Eve.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Iran, North Korea, New Year: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Compass Group chief, five others killed in Sydney seaplane crash

SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) - The chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc and four members of his family were killed when the seaplane they were flying in crashed into a Sydney river on New Year's Eve.

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UPDATE 4-Compass Group chief, five others killed in Sydney seaplane crash

* New CEO to take helm at Compass immediately (Adds background on Cousins)

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Israeli archaeologists find 2,700-year-old 'governor of Jerusalem' seal impression

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem.

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Compass Group chief, five others dead in Sydney seaplane crash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The CEO of Compass Group Plc, the world's biggest catering firm, and four of his close family members were among the six people who died when the seaplane they were traveling in crashed into Sydney river on New Year's Eve.

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In frigid Times Square, relief arrives with the new year

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Intrepid revelers from around the world endured hours of waiting in a frigid Times Square on Sunday to witness the glittering New Year's Eve ball make its annual descent at...

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Compass Group CEO, five others dead in Sydney seaplane crash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The CEO of Britain's Compass Group CEO, Richard Cousins, was among six people who died after a seaplane crashed into a river in Sydney on New Year's Eve.

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Intrepid revelers flock to frigid Times Square for New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Revelers from around the world crowded into New York's Times Square on a bone-chilling Sunday evening to watch the glittering New Year's Eve ball make its annual descent at...

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Five British among dead in Sydney New Year's Eve seaplane crash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Five of six people killed when a seaplane crashed during a 20- minute joy ride in Sydney on New Year's Eve were British nationals, including an 11-year-old girl, authorities said.

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Inside Australia's stunning 99-domed mosque

A new 99-domed mosque in Australia is attracting attention for its bold, brutalist design. But the architect behind the project, Angelo Candalepas, is hoping that his creation can do more than win plaudits -- he's wants it to help improve interfaith relations in the Sydney suburb of Punchbowl.

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Party hardy: Revelers brave Times Square on a frigid New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Times Square was filling up on Sunday as hordes of hardy revelers, undeterred by bitter cold and an unprecedented security operation, maneuvered for prime spots to...

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Nadal to make Australian return in exhibition event

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal, who is struggling to get any match practice before the Australian Open, will play an exhibition event at Melbourne Park in the week leading up to the season opening grand slam, organizers said on Monday.

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Hundreds of Indonesian couples ring in the new year at mass wedding

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Indonesian couples celebrated New Year's Eve on Sunday night by tying the knot in a mass wedding in the capital Jakarta.

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Bright lights of Times Square beckon, even on a frigid New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers are making the annual pilgrimage to New York's Times Square on Sunday to witness the giant New Year's Eve ball drop at midnight, undeterred...

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Six dead in Australia seaplane crash

A seaplane has crashed off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, leaving no survivors, police say.

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Six dead as seaplane crashes into Sydney river ahead of New Year celebrations

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A seaplane crashed into a Sydney river on Sunday, killing six people on a "wine and dine" sightseeing flight ahead of the city's New Year's Eve celebrations at the harbor.

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Australia ease past Canada in Hopman Cup opener

PERTH (Reuters) - Daria Gavrilova beat Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets but Thanasi Kokkinakis was made to work harder to edge out Vasek Pospisil and give Australia a winning start to their Hopman Cup campaign against Canada on Sunday.

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NYT: Trump campaign adviser told Australian diplomat Russia had dirt on Clinton

George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had "political dirt" on Hillary Clinton in May of last year, a conversation that might have played a role in the FBI's decision to open an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to a report published Saturday.

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FBI Russia probe helped by Australian diplomat tip-off: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat in May 2016 that Russia had political dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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Djokovic doubtful for Australian Open after withdrawing from Abu Dhabi event

(Reuters) - Former world number one Novak Djokovic's preparation for next month's Australian Open suffered a blow after he pulled out of the season-opening exhibition event in Abu Dhabi on Friday due to pain in his right elbow.

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California set for New Year's buzz with recreational marijuana sales

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California adults not content to ring in the New Year with the traditional fizz of champagne can look forward to celebrating with the buzz of marijuana, purchased for the...

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Australia's Crown Resorts signs several deals to cut debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it had signed several deals to divest assets to cut debt, including selling interest in a site on the Las Vegas Boulevard for $300 million.

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Australia expected to ease visa restrictions on foreign pilots as planes left grounded

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is expected to relax restrictions on visas for foreign pilots as a national shortage sees planes grounded and flights canceled, aviation officials said on Friday.

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Prosecutors delay decision on Minnesota cop who fatally shot Australian

(Reuters) - Minneapolis' top prosecutor on Thursday said more investigation is needed before he decides whether or not to charge a police officer in the fatal shooting of an Australian woman in July that led to the police chief's resignation.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Kabul, Roy Moore, Bitcoin: Your Friday Briefing

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Do Australians Need a Sugar Intervention?

Since 1990, the number of obese adults in Australia has tripled. Can a region built on the sugar industry turn down the sweets?

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Tel Aviv attempts plastic brick record with 36-meter tower

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-meter (118ft) plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honor a young cancer victim in the Israeli...

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There's a good boy: Thai nurses dress babies up as dogs to ring in New Year

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Nurses at a hospital in the Thai capital showed some festive puppy love on Thursday, dressing up newborn babies up in fetching canine outfits ahead of the Year of the Dog.

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Sailing: Comanche confirmed as Sydney-Hobart winner after protest

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian super-maxi LDV Comanche was awarded line honors for the Sydney to Hobart bluewater classic on Thursday after an international jury imposed a one-hour penalty on Wild Oats XI following a protest.

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Irish coastal village hosts annual beach horse races

BALLYHEIGUE, Ireland (Reuters) - On a rugged stretch of beach in Ireland's southwest, the residents of Ballyheigue braved the wild winds from the Atlantic coast on Wednesday for the annual Christmas...

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Asia and Australia Edition: Barack Obama, North Korea, Big Tech: Your Thursday Briefing

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Tel Aviv attempts plastic brick record with 36-metre tower

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-meter (118ft) plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honor a young cancer victim in the Israeli...

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Wild Oats sets race record in Sydney-Hobart victory

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian super-maxi Wild Oats XI smashed the race record as they won their ninth Sydney to Hobart bluewater classic on Wednesday, but face the possibility of a protest from second-placed LDV Comanche for a near-collision just after the start.

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Australian woman escapes the noose for drug trafficking in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An Australian mother of three escaped the death penalty on Wednesday after a Malaysian court found her not guilty of drug trafficking.

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Oil remains near 2015 highs on tight market outlook

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices on Wednesday remained near two-and-a-half year highs from the previous session as the market outlook for 2018 is relatively tight, although the gradual resumption of flows through a major North Sea pipeline prevented crude from rising.

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Oil prices slip away from 2015 highs, but market remains tight

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices on Wednesday slipped away from two-and-a-half year highs hit the previous session as the gradual resumption of flows through a major North Sea pipeline made up for supply disruption in Libya.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's WorleyParsons, Navitas to incur charges for U.S. tax overhaul

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Australian engineering firm WorleyParsons Ltd and education provider Navitas Ltd said on Wednesday they would incur one-off charges following the recently passed tax legislation in the United States.

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Australia's WorleyParsons, Navitas face charges for U.S. tax overhaul

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Australian engineering firm WorleyParsons Ltd and education provider Navitas Ltd said on Wednesday they would incur one-off charges following the recently passed tax legislation in the United States.

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Asia and Australia Edition: India, Nikki Haley, North Korea: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Sailing: Near collision at start of Sydney-Hobart yacht race

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian super-maxi Black Jack was first out of the Sydney Heads after two of the leading contenders for line honors almost collided at the beginning of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race on Tuesday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Pope Francis, North Korea, Jerusalem: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Driver charged with attempted murder over Australian vehicle attack

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The man accused of deliberately plowing into Christmas shoppers on a busy street in the Australian city of Melbourne was charged on Saturday with 18 counts of attempted murder.

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Swedish roofs can handle Santa's sleigh - if he's careful

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's houses should be able to cope when Santa and his sleigh land on their snowy roofs this Christmas - as long as he doesn't try to deliver too many presents in one go.

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Italian chef's new restaurant chain: free food made from scraps

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura plans to open two new restaurants in Paris and Naples next year, but wealthy diners are not welcome. The food will be free, made from...

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Behold the Christmas story - in a limestone cave

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - One of the world's largest limestone caves, the Postojna Cave in western Slovenia, is a long way from a stable in Bethlehem, but its traditional living nativity is getting more...

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Franciscan monks put baby Jesus on bed of bullets to press for peace

ASSISI, Italy (Reuters) - Franciscan monks have put the baby Jesus in a crib made of bullet shells in a yearly "provocation" nativity scene designed to draw attention to those suffering in the world.

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Australian police seize record A$1 billion methamphetamine haul

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said on Friday they had seized a record 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine with a street value of more than A$1 billion ($771 million) after a raid in a remote area of the west Australian coast.

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Australian PM says nine foreigners among those hurt when driver plows into crowd

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nearly half the 19 people injured when a driver with no known extremist links plowed into pedestrians in the southern city of Melbourne were foreign nationals, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday.

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Australia to end air strikes in Iraq and Syria, bring Super Hornets home

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will end air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and bring its six Super Hornet planes home after three years as part of the U.S.-led coalition in the Middle East, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Friday.

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Australia's digital agriculture dream stymied as government scrimps on broadband

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gooda Creek Farm, located just outside Australia's capital city of Canberra, exemplifies the country's agricultural ambitions - a boutique producer that sells more than 2,000 kilograms a week of highly sought shiitake mushrooms to domestic and Asian consumers.

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Australia police say driver who plowed into crowd has no extremist links

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police on Friday said there was no evidence to suggest a driver who deliberately plowed into pedestrians in the city of Melbourne on Thursday was linked to extremist organizations.

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Australia's Wesfarmers to sell Curragh coal mine for $539 mln

Dec 22 (Reuters) - Wesfarmers Ltd said on Friday it would sell its Curragh coal mine in Queensland to Texas-based Coronado Coal Group for A$700 million ($539 million).

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, South Korea, Melbourne: Your Friday Briefing

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Australia's oldest submarine found after 103 years

The wreck of Australia's first submarine has been discovered off the coast of Papua New Guinea after disappearing without a trace 103 years ago.

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Jerusalem 'Santa' offers free Christmas trees to residents

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In a corner of Jerusalem, a man dressed as Santa Claus and riding a camel tries to lift the atmosphere a little by offering free Christmas trees to residents of a city at the...

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Australia police say don't suspect terrorism after car plows into pedestrians

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A car deliberately plowed into pedestrians injuring 19 people at a crowded intersection in the Australian city of Melbourne on Thursday, but police said they did not believe the attack to be terror-related.

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Smells like heaven: Israeli farm recreates Magi's gifts to Jesus

ALMOG, West Bank (Reuters) - The aromatic plants bestowed on the infant Jesus are being cultivated by an Israeli entrepreneur who aims to transform the gifts of the Christmas story into therapeutic...

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Car plows into pedestrians in Australia's Melbourne, up to 14 hurt

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A car deliberately plowed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection in the Australian city of Melbourne on Thursday, injuring up to 14 people, police said, adding they had arrested the driver and a second man.

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Car plows into pedestrians in Australia's Melbourne, up to 15 hurt

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A car plowed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection in the Australian city of Melbourne on Thursday, injuring up to 15 people, police said, adding they had arrested the driver and a second man.