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Labour suffers losses in regional election, awaits London mayor result

LONDON/EDINBURGH The Labour Party suffered losses on Friday in regional and local elections, especially in Scotland, but waited to see if it would, as expected, capture the big prize of London mayor.

Exclusive - Apple's Tim Cook to visit China for government meetings: source

BEIJING Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said.

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Greeks strike as new tax, pension reforms loom

ATHENS Greeks started a 48-hour nationwide strike on Friday in anger at tax and pension reforms pursued by the indebted nation to qualify for more of a multi-billion euro bailout it signed up to last year.

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China says South China Sea criticism could rebound like coiled spring

BEIJING/SHANGHAI International criticism of China over the disputed South China Sea will rebound like a coiled spring, a Chinese diplomat said on Friday, as a U.S. warship visited Shanghai against a backdrop of rising tension in the region.

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Canadian wildfire edges south, leaves thousands stranded

CONKLIN/LAC LA BICHE, Alberta The 88,000 residents who fled a wildfire that has ravaged the Canadian oil town of Fort McMurray in Alberta will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials warned on Thursday, even as the inferno edged slowly south. | Video

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