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CEE MARKETS-Czech crown, Prague stocks close to two-year highs

The Czech crown gained past a key level against the euro on Tuesday to touch a 23-month high as markets priced in rising chances of an interest rate increase this year. Prague stocks also traded at their highest in nearly two years. Other central European currencies strengthened as well, led by the Hungarian forint's 0.5% rise after stronger-than-expected inflation data showed price growth hitting a seven-year high of 4.0%. "Investors, foreign ones especia

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S.Korea stocks hit more than 7-month high as chipmakers soar

Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korean shares jumped on Tuesday as foreigners increased their exposure to local chip stocks in anticipation of an uptick in memory chip demand against the backdrop of easing trade tensions. ** The Korean won strengthened, while the benchmark bond yield fell. ** In

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Californians evacuate as wildfires rage

More than 180,000 people in California have been forced to flee as multiple wildfires, strengthened by winds and dangerously dry conditions, spread through the state.

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Tropical Storm forms in Gulf of Mexico

A storm system strengthened into Tropical Storm Olga on Friday afternoon, with forecasters saying it will bring 2-4 inches of rain to the central Gulf Coast and into the Mississippi Valley through Saturday morning.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil markets surge ahead of final vote on pension reform bill

Brazilian markets surged on Tuesday ahead of the expected final approval of a landmark pension reform bill aimed at helping to curb the mounting fiscal deficit in Latin America's largest economy. The benchmark Bovespa stock index jumped 1.1% to touch an all-time high, with banks leading the gains. The MSCI index of Latin American stock markets rose 1.7%. Brazil's real strengthened to as much as 4.06 per dollar, its hig

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