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UPDATE 3-G20 nations pledge to bolster defences against Brexit headwinds

* U.S. Treasury's Lew says now time to redouble efforts on economy

Turkey keen for mention in G20 communique, but rejected

CHENGDU, China, July 23 Turkey wanted the final communique of the world's financial leaders meeting in China this weekend to include an endorsement of the current government after the failed coup attempt last week, but did not succeed, G20 officials said.

Markets 6:30am EDT

Former Argentina leader slams corruption probes as political plot

EL CALAFATE, Argentina, July 23 Facing corruption probes that threaten to land her behind bars, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez described her growing legal troubles as part of a "persecution" of progressive Latin American leaders that has boosted the right in the region.

Markets 6:00am EDT

G7 wants to see Brexit talks start as soon possible - France

CHENGDU, China, July 23 Top officials from the Group of Seven rich economies want to see negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union start as soon as possible, French finance minister Michel Sapin said.

Markets, 4:57am EDT

Turkey's Erdogan signs first decree under state of emergency

ISTANBUL, July 23 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and has extended the period in which suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency, the state news agency Anadolu reported on Saturday.

Markets 4:43am EDT

UPDATE 1-BOJ's Kuroda says to ease again if necessary to hit 2 pct price goal

* 'Helicopter money' is prohibited in Japan, advanced world (Adds quote, details on 'helicopter money')

Markets 3:37am EDT

UK unprepared for Brexit, needs more time, but shouldn't be indefinite - Sapin

CHENGDU, China, July 23 Britain was unprepared for the outcome of the referendum to leave the European Union and so should be given time to respond, but it should not take too long because of the damaging uncertainty, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said.

Markets, 3:13am EDT

Europe to tell G20 UK economy, banks are resilient despite Brexit

CHENGDU, China, July 23 Britain's vote to leave the European Union may dampen global growth, but European fundamentals are strong and the British economy and banking sector are resilient, European financial leaders will tell their counterparts from the biggest economies on Saturday.

Markets, Financials 2:54am EDT

BOJ's Kuroda says to ease again if necessary to hit 2 pct price goal

CHENGDU, China, July 23 Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday he would ease policy further if necessary to achieve its 2 percent inflation goal, while reiterating a commitment to continue with the current stimulus until prices are anchored there.

Markets, 2:23am EDT

U.S. Treasury's Lew says time to redouble efforts to boost growth

CHENGDU, China, July 23 U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Saturday it was important for G20 countries to redouble efforts to boost shared growth using all policy tools, including monetary and fiscal policies as well as structural reforms to boost efficiency.

Currencies, Markets 2:02am EDT


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