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BEIJING (Reuters) - China removed presidential term limits from its constitution on Sunday, giving President Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely, and confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago.

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday that he might be able to relax his grip on public spending at the end of this year but the country had to keep on bringing down its levels of public debt that are too high.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Utility RWE (RWEG.DE) said on Sunday it had agreed to sell its 76.8 percent stake in Innogy (IGY.DE) to rival E.ON (EONGn.DE), as part of a complex deal that would position RWE as a clean energy champion.

(Reuters) - Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco used his powerful serve to upset third seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday while Roger Federer’s tournament debut was hampered by rain.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ally, Finance Minister Taro Aso, face mounting pressure over a suspected cronyism scandal as the finance ministry prepares to report on Monday that documents in the case were doctored.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold producers will likely reach a settlement within six weeks in a lawsuit over a fatal lung disease that companies have set aside 5 billion rand ($420 million) in provisions for, a lawyer and industry group said on Sunday.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes destroyed at least 18 targets belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq over the weekend, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday.

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday that Britain’s government would respond “appropriately” if a foreign state was found to be involved in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England a week ago.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and rebel groups engaged in fierce battles early on Sunday on a critical front in eastern Ghouta where government advances have in effect splintered the insurgent enclave into three, a war monitor said.

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two senior South Korean officials who met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un last week will split up to meet with leaders of China and Japan this week, a South Korean presidential official said on Sunday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China removed presidential term limits from its constitution on Sunday, giving President Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely, and confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago.

(Reuters) - Serena Williams continued her comeback to tennis with a 7-6(5) 7-5 win over Kiki Bertens at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, setting up a third-round encounter with her sister Venus.

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