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December 21, 2017 4:28 AM SA's mid-year budget review

* $370m to be cut from government agencies over the next four years, with some back office jobs to go but no reduction in frontline workers. * Budget surplus to be slashed to $12m in 2017/18 and $14m in 2018/19, down from previous forecasts of $72m and $132m. * Budget surplus for 2016/17 finalised at $443m, $204 million more than previously forecast 34

December 21, 2017 3:48 AM WA govt says no to Helena-Aurora mine

The West Australian government has rejected a proposal to mine iron-ore at the Helena-Aurora Range and will seek to make the area an A class reserve. The decision comes after the Environmental Protection Authority twice found Mineral Resources Ltd's proposal to develop the Jackson 5 and Bungalbin iron ore deposits within the Helena-Aurora Range, north 33

December 21, 2017 3:32 AM Mexico arrests suspect in deadly assault on media executive

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities have detained a man in connection with an assault in which a top executive of the media conglomerate Grupo Televisa was killed last month. The government of the State of Mexico says the man was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery against Televisa executive Adolfo Lagos and attempted homicide against the victim's 32

December 21, 2017 3:17 AM King tells Palestinians Saudi Arabia backs Jerusalem claim

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman reassured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in their meeting that the kingdom continues to support Palestinian claims to Jerusalem, a government statement said. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that King Salman on Wednesday reiterated to Abbas Saudi Arabia's support for "the legitimate 38

December 21, 2017 2:42 AM Backhoe plunges onto cars, killing 2 outside Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities say two people have died and six more are injured after a heavy construction vehicle fell onto a road outside the capital. The Mexico State government says in a statement that the backhoe plunged from a height of about 30 feet (10 meters) and struck five passing passenger cars Wednesday afternoon. The operator of the backhoe 24

December 20, 2017 1:22 PM British households and businesses to get the LEGAL RIGHT to fast broadband by 2020 amid government crackdown

Homes and businesses will have the legal right to demand high-speed broadband by 2020, the government has said. From 2020, broadband providers will be subject to a legal obligation to provide broadband users with speeds of at least 10Mbps. In confirming the new legal rule, the government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, rejected BT's proposal 86

December 20, 2017 9:48 AM Net migration from the EU falls to its LOWEST level since 2015, new figures reveal

Net immigration from the EU plummeted to its lowest level for three years - with just 9,000 moving to the UK in three months this year, new figures reveal. Experts said the Brexit vote has prompted the sharp fall in the figures as more Europeans look to move back home. The Office for National Statistics said that from April to June this year 39,000 EU nationals 32

December 20, 2017 9:30 AM Festive season brings remote housing cuts

The Turnbull government has been accused of turning its back on indigenous Australians by slashing funding for remote housing and leaving states to pick up the bill. A $776 million commitment by the federal government to the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing has been cut to just $100 million, and for homes only within the Northern Territory 28

December 20, 2017 6:52 AM Migrants in Serbia's north brave winter to cross to EU

SID, Serbia, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Mudassir, 18, from Pakistan's city of Peshawar has tried to enter the European Union 30 times but was always caught and sent back to his starting point in Serbia. Now, he and dozens of other migrants are braving near-freezing temperatures in shrubs and fields near Sid, a northwestern Serbian town just outside European 30

December 20, 2017 6:42 AM JGBs yields up, track U.S. bond yields on tax cut plan

TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Japanese government bond yields edged up on Wednesday, tracking U.S. Treasury yields on expectations of the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years. The 10-year JGB yield rose 1.5 basis point to 0.050 percent while the price of the benchmark 10-year JGB futures dropped 0.20 point, their biggest fall since 27