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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)

Europe shares briefly slip on France rating cut talk

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - European shares briefly slipped after fresh market talk of a potential credit rating downgrade of France, before rising again after a senior French official denied the rumour. At 1418 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.12 percent at 1,162.94 points, after turning almost flat when the rumour surfaced.

Soccer-Struggling Brondby to cut wages by 25 percent

COPENHAGEN, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Brondby have announced that wages at the Copenhagen club are to be cut by 25 percent across the board. "We hope and believe that all employees will agree to this as it is the key to securing the short and long-term capital and liquidity and the continuation of the club," chief executive Tommy Hakansson said in a statement. An initial 10 percent wage cut is to be implemented immediately with a further 15 percent coming in three months.

Congo rebels declare unilateral ceasefire before peace talks

KAMPALA, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Congolese rebels declared a unilateral ceasefire ahead of a second round of peace talks with the government, a rebel spokesman said on Tuesday. The rebel March 23 Movement (M23) has questioned the commitment of President Joseph Kabila's government to the peace process. Efforts last month to end the nine-month rebellion in Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east failed.

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Soccer-Turkish championship fixture

Jan 8 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixture from the Turkish championship match on Tuesday Wednesday, January 9 (GMT) Akhisar Belediyespor v Antalyaspor (1700)

Soccer-English League Cup semifinal fixtures

Jan 8 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixtures from the English League Cup Semifinal first leg matches on Tuesday Semifinal, first leg Tuesday, January 8 (GMT) Bradford City(IV) v Aston Villa (1945) Semifinal, first leg Wednesday, January 9 (GMT) Chelsea v Swansea City (1945)

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Buenos Aires Open men's singles round 1 results

Feb 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Buenos Aires Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday 2-Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat Guido Pella (Argentina) 6-3 6-2 Aljaz Bedene (Slovenia) beat 5-Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-3 8-Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Flavio Cipolla (Italy) 6-1 6-0 Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) beat 4-Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 6-4 4-6 6-1 Federico Delbonis (Argentina) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-1 6-4

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Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Man avoids jail time in $10 million caviar smuggling caper NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who evaded authorities for 23 years on charges he unlawfully imported more than $10 million worth of caviar into the United States was spared jail time at his sentencing on Monday. Instead, a judge in U.S. District Court in Manhattan imposed a punishment of time already served on Isidoro "Mario" Garbarino, 69, who has been in custody since September 10.
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