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Toll rises to 20 from New Zealand volcano eruption as two declared dead

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The death toll rose to 20 on Thursday from a volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island last month, as two people still missing were officially confirmed dead.

Australia authorities lose contact with air tanker fighting fires

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities have lost contact with a large air tanker fighting bush fires in alpine areas of the southeastern state of New South Wales, they said on Thursday.

UK anti-doping body says WADA has not asked for retesting of samples

(Reuters) - The UK Anti-Doping agency (UKAD) said it has not received any requests by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to reanalyse blood and urine samples of athletes, including that of four-times Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.