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Britons to be asked in referendum to vote 'Yes' to stay in EU

12:05am BST

LONDON - Britons will be asked to vote "yes" if they want to stay in the European Union when a referendum is held in the next two years, the government said on Thursday.

World football rocked by U.S., Swiss arrests of officials for graft

6:26am BST

ZURICH/NEW YORK - The world's most popular sport was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven senior football officials were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups. | Video

Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, during the State Opening of Parliament,  in London, Britain, May  27, 2015. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool

Queen outlines Cameron's EU referendum plan

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sets in motion Prime Minister David Cameron's plans for a European Union membership referendum as he faces pressure to explain when it will be held and what changes to the EU he wants beforehand.  Video | Full Article 

People watch balloons made by the 'ONE' campaigning organisation depicting leaders of the countries members of the G7 in front of the Frauenkirche cathedral in Dresden, Germany, May 27, 2015. Dresden hosts the G7 finance ministers and central bankers meeting. The ballons show Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

G7 finance chiefs ponder flagging growth

DRESDEN, Germany - Little more than a gentlemen's club in recent years, G7 finance ministers and central bankers have their work cut out this week to revive stuttering global growth and defuse tensions over China's growing economic clout.  Video | Full Article 

The Thames Barrier is seen across the River Thames with the Canary Wharf business district seen in the background in London September 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Toby Melville

Fund firms become banks in all but name

Australian Symon Drake-Brockman is one of a growing number of financiers who are teaming up with insurers and pension funds to build loan books to rival banks, turning some fund firms into banks in all but name.  Full Article 

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13 year high for German consumer cheer

Morale among German consumers improves heading into June, helped by a growing willingness to make purchases. But the picture doesn't look quite as rosy in France.  Video | Full Article 

Malnourished two-year-old Dhoah Thoan is fed at a hospital ward in Akobo in southeastern Sudan's Jonglei state April 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Mohamed Dahir

Number of starving drops below 800 million

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of people worldwide who don't get enough to eat has fallen to 795 million, 10 million less than last year, U.N. officials say.  Full Article | Factbox 

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Merkel tops Forbes' 100 most powerful women

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women with other world leaders close behind. Taylor Swift is the youngest ever entry.  Video | Slideshow 

Man poses in front of on a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica December 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Cost of data breaches rise to $3.8 million

The cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable financial and medical records, according to a study.  Full Article 

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US urges end to South China Sea island-building

The U.S. calls for a halt to land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea ahead of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security talks. Paul Chapman reports.