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Quake measuring 5.7 strikes off northwest Turkish coast

ISTANBUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) - An earthquake of 5.7 magnitude struck just off Turkey's northwestern Aegean coast on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake struck 59 miles (95 km) southwest of the Turkish city of Canakkale at a depth of 6.1 miles (10 km) and was felt in Istanbul to the east and Athens in the west. (Writing by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Tuesday Jan 8

Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Tuesday: - - - - GOLF PGA Tour: Hyundai Tournament of Champions (to 8) Weather-hit 2013 season opener heading for a Tuesday finish With high winds making the Plantation Course unplayable over the first three scheduled days at the Kapalua Resort in Hawaii, organisers aim to play 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday in a season-opening event cut to 54 holes. (GOLF-PGA/, expect update by 0600 GMT/1 AM ET, 400 words)

South Korea to expand nuclear energy despite growing safety fears

By Meeyoung Cho SEOUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) - South Korea has no option but to expand its nuclear power plant programme despite growing public concern over safety in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011 and a series of scares that closed two reactors last year. The proportion of South Koreans who considered nuclear power safe fell to 34.8 percent in a survey conducted in November and published on Tuesday, down from 40 percent in April 2011 and 71 percent in January 2010, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said.

UPDATE 1-Australia battles hundreds of wildfires, fanned by outback winds

* Thousands of firefighters battle hundreds of blazes * Residents evacuate homes in face of out-of-control fires * Record temperatures bake Sydney * Cooler change hoped to end incendiary conditions (Updates with latest on fires, fresh quotes) By Rob Taylor

UPDATE 1-'Davos man' fears more storms, both real and economic

* World Economic Forum risk report sets scene for Davos * Income disparity and government debts top risk list * Climate ranks third, extreme weather a growing concern By Ben Hirschler LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Fragile economies and extreme weather have combined to crank up the global risk dial in the past year, creating an increasingly dangerous mix, according to the World Economic Forum.

UPDATE 4-Brazil's hot, dry summer may lead to energy rationing

* Hydroelectric dam reservoir levels critically low * Energy minister dismisses private concerns of rationing * Greater use of thermo-power expected to push up rates By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Brazil faces the possibility of widespread energy rationing for the first time since 2001, as a hot, dry summer has deprived hydroelectric dams of needed water while boosting power use to run air conditioners in sweltering cities.

Reuters World News Highlights at 0415 GMT, Jan 08

Jan 8 (Reuters) - TOP STORIES ----------- GUANGZHOU, China - Hundreds of supporters of one of China's most liberal newspapers demonstrated outside its headquarters on Monday, backing a strike by journalists against interference by the provincial propaganda chief. - - - -

Olympics-Quake fears are not a factor, says Tokyo bid chief

By Alastair Himmer TOKYO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Concerns that a major earthquake could strike during the 2020 Olympics will not affect Tokyo's chances of hosting the Games, the city's bid leader said on Tuesday. Tokyo tiptoed into the bidding race after losing out to Rio de Janeiro for 2016 and with the country still recovering from a deadly tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis in 2011.

'Davos man' fears more storms, both real and economic

* World Economic Forum risk report sets scene for Davos * Income disparity and government debts top risk list * Climate ranks third, extreme weather a growing concern By Ben Hirschler LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Fragile economies and extreme weather have combined to crank up the global risk dial in the past year, creating an increasingly dangerous mix, according to the World Economic Forum.

Heavy rain disrupts road, train access to Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Unusually heavy winter rains forced the closure of main access routes to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, causing gridlock in and around Israel's commercial capital, authorities said. Traffic backed up for hours as highways into Tel Aviv were flooded, police said. Rail operator asked commuters to avoid stations in the city and train schedules were disrupted.
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