India vs Pakistan, Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018, Live Updates: India Look To Maintain Winning Run Against Pakistan

India Look To Maintain Winning Run Against Pakistan


India vs Pakistan, Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018, Live Updates: India Look To Maintain Winning Run Against Pakistan


Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018: India thumped arch-rivals Pakistan 36-20 in their opening match © NDTV


India meet Pakistan once again in the Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 on Monday, with the Indians looking in fine fettle in the tournament so far. India beat Pakistan in the first match by a decent margin and then sailed past Kenya in commanding fashion, reiterating their calibre in the event. Pakistan will try to avenge their defeat to India and also try to garner some points to get to the semi-finals. India look to be in great nick and the opposition will be challenged to make inroads into the Indian domain.

Live Updates of India vs Pakistan Kabaddi Match, straight from Dubai

20:40 IST: We are 20 minutes away from the highly anticipated clash between India and arch rivals Pakistan.

19:45 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the kabaddi match between India and Pakistan straight from Dubai

Earlier, India had thumped arch-rivals Pakistan 36-20 in their opening encounter of the inaugural six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 last Friday. India outclassed Pakistan in all-departments with skipper Ajay Thakur leading from the front. The 32-year-old scored a total of eight points helping India open a big lead up-front. After a cautious start, India soon picked up the pace, scoring points off successive raids. Both Ajay Thakur and Rohit Kumar helped India gain the initial lead. Although Pakistan looked solid in their defence, it was not enough to stop the top-ranked Indian raiders. At halftime, India held a comfortable 22-9 lead. In the second half, India continued with their raiding domination.

India looked far superior against the arch-rivals in the first match of the Kabaddi Masters. The world champions collected a total of 15 raid points compared to nine by Pakistan. In the defense department as well, India outclassed their opponents clinching 12 tackle points to Pakistan’s eight. India will next play Kenya on Saturday.




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White extinction anxiety: Why this curious race-related term trended on Twitter

White extinction anxiety: Why this curious race-related term trended on Twitter


Don’t look up the phrase “white extinction anxiety” in a world history textbook. It’s pretty unlikely that you’ll find it, since the most relevant Google search results for the term lead to an opinion piece published just hours ago.

What does the phrase mean? The author of the column, the New York Times op-ed writer Charles M Blow, argues that Donald Trump’s contentious “zero tolerance” immigration policy panders to white Americans’ fear of losing their demographic majority in the US.

“Strip all the other rationales away from this draconian immigration policy. This is at the core: White extinction anxiety, white displacement anxiety, white minority anxiety,” Blow writes. “This is the fear and anxiety Trump is playing to.”

On Monday evening, Twitter listed “white extinction anxiety” among its worldwide trends. And Blow found out about the surge in interest.

The news agency Reuters says that between May 5 and June 9, the Trump government’s “zero tolerance” policy “led to the separation of 2,342 children from their parents at the US-Mexico border”.

The US president has since signed an executive order which says it’s his government’s policy “to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families [a reference to illegal immigrants] together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources”.

There’s one exception: Immigrant families can’t be detained together if a parent “pose[s] a risk to the childs welfare”.

Some of the detainees under the policy are Indians.

A protester holding up a sign as mayors from US cities were stopped from entering a children’s tent encampment built to deal with the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy in Tornillo, Texas, on June 21. (Photo: Reuters)

MIXED REACTIONS TO COLUMN

Charles Blow cited data from a US non-profit and a university research group to argue that America “will soon be a majority-minority country” — meaning that the majority of Americans will be non-white.

“Trump”, he wrote, “is president and is beloved by his base in part because he is unapologetically defending whiteness from anything that threatens it, or at least thats the image he wants to project. It is no more complicated than that.”

On Twitter, many (but certainly not all) appeared to share Blow’s views — or at least, stood on the same side of the spectrum of opinion.

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Supreme court largely backs Texas Republicans over electoral maps


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Texas Republicans by reviving electoral districts drawn by the state legislature that had been thrown out by a lower court for diluting the influence of black and Hispanic voters.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court’s conservative majority ruled that the challengers had not done enough to show that the Republican-led Texas legislature acted with discriminatory intent when it adopted new electoral maps in 2013 for state legislative and U.S. congressional seats. Republican President Donald Trump’s administration had backed Texas in the case. The court did rule, however, that one of the state legislature districts was unlawful.

Last September, the high court put on hold two lower court rulings from earlier in 2017 that had invalidated a series of Texas electoral districts. The justices then, as they were in Monday’s ruling, were divided 5-4, with the conservative justices backing the Texas Republicans and the liberals dissenting.

In the ruling, conservative Justice Samuel Alito said the lower court had “committed a fundamental legal error” in the way it had analyzed the dispute.

The maps, adopted in 2013 and challenged by individual voters and civil rights groups representing blacks and Hispanics, were based on court-drawn districts imposed for the 2012 election after prior Republican-draw maps drawn the previous year also were tossed as racially discriminatory. The maps at issue in the case have been in effect throughout the litigation.

The Texas legislature was under no legal obligation to show it had “cured” the “unlawful intent” that led to the lower court to throw out the original maps, Alito wrote.

The lower court found that the configuration of two U.S. House of Representatives districts violated the Voting Rights Act, a 1965 federal law that protects minority voters and was enacted to address a history of racial discrimination in voting, especially in Southern states. Texas has 36 U.S. House districts, 25 held by Republicans and 11 by Democrats.

The same court found similar faults with Texas state House of Representatives maps.

Gerrymandering typically is accomplished by packing voters who tend to favor a particular party into a small number of districts to reduce their statewide voting power while scattering others in districts in numbers too small to be a majority.

The Supreme Court issued two gerrymandering rulings last week on narrow legal grounds in cases involving Wisconsin and Maryland but both those disputes involved allegations that districts were configured for partisan gain rather than for racial discrimination.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham



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U.S. new home sales surge in May, boosted by South

Rebound in South powers U.S. new home sales in May


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased more than expected in May as sales in the South surged to their highest level in nearly 11 years.

FILE PHOTO: A real estate sign advertising a new home for sale is pictured in Vienna, Virginia, U.S. October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo

The Commerce Department said on Monday new home sales jumped 6.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 689,000 units last month, the highest level since November 2017. April’s sales pace was revised down to 646,000 units from the previously reported 662,000 units.

Last month’s surge in new home sales unwound April’s drop. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales, which make up 11 percent of housing market sales, rising only 0.7 percent to a pace of 667,000 units in May.

Sales in the South, which accounts for the bulk of transactions, rebounded 17.9 percent to a rate of 409,000 units in May, the highest level since July 2007. The increase ended two straight months of declines.

Sales tumbled 10.0 percent in the Northeast and dropped 8.7 percent in the West. They were unchanged in the Midwest.

New home sales are drawn from permits and tend to be volatile on a month-to-month basis. They increased 14.1 percent from a year ago. New home sales are getting a boost from an inventory crunch in the market for previously owned houses.

A report last week showed existing home sales falling for a second straight month in May.

Supply has lagged strong demand for housing, which is being driven by a robust labor market, leading to a sharp increase in home prices. Economists say high mortgage rates so far do not appear to be dampening demand.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate averaged 4.57 percent last week and has risen more than 50 basis points this year. Further increases are likely after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates earlier this month for a second time this year and forecast two more rate hikes by the end of the year.

U.S. stocks were trading sharply lower on Monday on investor concerns about escalating tensions between the United States and its trading partners, while prices of U.S. Treasuries rose. The dollar .DXY was slightly weaker against a basket of currencies.

MEDIAN PRICE FALLS

The median new house price fell 3.3 percent to $313,000 in May from a year ago. That was the lowest price in a year. The drop in new home prices is likely to be temporary.

There were 299,000 new homes on the market in May, up 1.0 percent from April. Supply is just over half of what it was at the peak of the housing market boom in 2006.

Builders are struggling with higher lumber prices as well as labor and land shortages. A survey last week showed confidence among single-family homebuilders dipped in June, with builders “increasingly concerned that tariffs placed on Canadian lumber and other imported products are hurting housing affordability.”

The Trump administration in April 2017 imposed anti-subsidy duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber.

Residential investment contracted in the first quarter and economists expect housing will subtract again from gross domestic product in the second quarter.

The housing market is lagging overall economic growth, which appears to have regained speed in the second quarter after slowing at the start of the year. Growth estimates for the April-June period are as high as a 4.7 percent annualized rate. The economy grew at a 2.2 percent pace in the first quarter.

At May’s sales pace it would take 5.2 months to clear the supply of houses on the market, down from 5.5 months in April. Nearly two-thirds of the houses sold last month were either under construction or yet to be built.

Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Paul Simao



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World Cup 2018, Uruguay vs Russia Live Football Score: Cheryshev Own Goal Gives Uruguay 2-0 Lead Over Russia

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt and Uruguay vs Russia Match Score Updates


Live Updates of 2018 FIFA World Cup, Uruguay vs Russia Group A match straight from Samara Arena, Russia.

20:07 IST: RED CARD! Igor Smolnikov has collected the second yellow in the 36th minute for a rash challenge. Meanwhile, Uruguay has not picked up a yellow card so far. 

20:05 IST: Clarification: The second goal which was earlier awarded to Laxlat has been changed to an own goal by Cheryshev — for a deflection after a review. 

20:01 IST: Free-kick for Russia, Samedov puts the ball to long away from the box. 31 minutes on the clock. 

20:00 IST: Dzyuba on the left flank for Russia does a bit too much to lose possession with ease. Uruguay have never lost a World Cup match in which they have taken a 2-0 lead. 

19:57 IST: Meanwhile from the Saudi Arabia, Egypt match — Salah has put the Egyptian in front in the 22nd minute. 

19:52 IST: Free-kick for Uruguay from the right flank, whipped in to the near corner. Cavani tries for an acrobatic effort, but the ball has fallen on the re-bound which has been hit by Diego Laxlat, takes a deflection off Cheryshev and Uruguay take 2-0 lead in 23 minutes!    

19:49 IST: Uruguay keeping the ball well, maintaining possession. Russia on the other side, showing lack of intensity, not trying hard to win the ball. 21 minutes up!  

19:45 IST: Luis Suarez scores his 7th goal in the World Cup to become the second all-time leading scorer for his country, surpasses Diego Forlan. 

19:42 IST: Corner for Russia, Samedov on the ball comfortably collected by Muslera. 

19:37 IST: Free-kick on the edge of the box for Uruguay, for a challenge on Rodrigo Bentancur. Luis Suarez on the ball and he scores as he avoids the wall, puts it into the far corner. Uruguay take lead in the 10th minute through a free-kick.  

19:34 IST: Russia keeping possession try to play a long ball but the ball rolls off for a goalkick for Uruguay. 

19:30 IST: Kick-off! Russia gets the ball rolling and Uruguay takes an early shot off goal through Matias Vecino.

19:01 IST: Uruguay and Russia have arrived for the clash, both sides will be aiming to enter the Round of 16 with a cent percent win in the group stages. 

19:00 IST: Here is how both the sides have line-up in anticipation to the match that could land either of the sides on top of Group A.

19:00 IST: Hello and welcome the live commentary from the Group A match between Uruguay and Russia. 

A draw would also be good enough to give Russia first place, thanks to the eight goals from two matches that have made believers out of fans used to decades of World Cup futility. Both teams then face the likely prospect of going up against either Spain or Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the last 16 — although underdogs Iran are still in the running in a tight Group B.

Uruguay however are likely to provide the type of stern test Russia will need to overcome if they are launch an extended run in the knockout rounds.

Yet the hosts are brimming with confidence having made it past the group stage of a World Cup for the first time since the Soviet Union lost to Belgium in the last 16 in 1986.

Russia had won just two of nine World Cup matches before kicking off the most watched event on the planet with a 5-0 rout of the Saudis. Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko — the former sports minister who still oversees football in an unofficial capacity — said the squad had no right to relax.



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Erdogan seeks to strengthen presidency with win

Erdogan’s victory: Monitors slam Turkey vote as unequal


The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Erdogan had benefited from excessive media coverage and raised questions about the transparency of the vote. But it did not find any significant irregularities on election day.

Erdogan, who secured a new five-year term as President on the first round of voting on Sunday, re-enters office with a vast array of new powers at his disposal, following a narrowly-won constitutional referendum last year.

Under the new system, the office of prime minister is abolished, parliament’s powers curtailed and the president is accorded wide-ranging executive authority.

Opposition leader Muharrem Ince conceded defeat, and warned that Turkey would suffer from “one-man rule” at the hands of Erdogan.

Erdogan claimed victory even before the electoral authorities had confirmed the result. The election commission later confirmed Erdogan the winner, and also said Erdogan’s Justice and development Party (AKP) and its allied Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had retained their parliamentary majority.

While the commission gave no figures on Erdogan’s victory, state-run news agency Anadolu put Erdogan on 52.5%, well ahead of Ince on 31%, with more than 96% of the votes counted.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that the vote lacked “conditions for contestants to compete on an equal basis.”

“The incumbent president and his party enjoyed a notable advantage, also reflected in excessive coverage by government-funded, public and private media,” OSCE special coordinator Ignacio Sanchez Amor told a press conference Monday.

In its report, the OSCE also raised concerns about transparency in the vote count, pointing to changes in the law that replaced political party representatives with civil servants as chairs of ballot box committees. It also pointed to the relocation of polling stations on security grounds as a concern, an issue that opposition parties said were attempts to make voting more difficult in their strongholds.

A polling station worker holds a ballot in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey on Sunday.

‘We’re now in a one-man rule’

The results were a blow to Ince and his Republican People’s Party, known as the CHP. Ince ran a spirited campaign that threatened to force Erdogan into a damaging runoff and deny his party control of parliament.

Conceding defeat, Ince warned that constitutional changes ushered in by Erdogan earlier in the year represented a threat to the country’s democracy.

Turkey's President and leader of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters.

“A single person is becoming the head of the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary and this is a concern for a threat to the survival of the country,” he told journalists. “Turkey has departed from democratic values and Turkey has broken its ties with the parliamentary system which it had.”

“We’re now in a one-man rule — there’s no mechanism to prevent arbitrary rule. We continue to have great concerns about this situation.”

Having defeated the twin threats of a reinvigorated opposition and a weakened currency, Erdogan addressed cheering supporters in the capital, Ankara, saying the winner of the election was democracy, the national will and the nation itself.

“The winner of this election is each and every individual of my 81 million citizens,” he said.

“Turkey has decided to take the side of growth, development, investment, enrichment and a reputable, honorable and influential country in all areas in the world.”

CNN’s Gul Tuysuz and Isil Sariyuce contributed tot his report.



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Essam Elhadary

Egypt’s Essam Elhadary becomes oldest player in World Cup history


Egypt’s Essam Elhadary has finally become the oldest player to play in a World Cup after making the starting XI in Egypt’s last group game of this year’s World Cup.

Elhadary is now become the oldest player at the age of 45 years and 161 days to play in a World Cup. He is aged two years and 158 days older than Colombian Faryd Mondragon, who previously held the record.

He sat out in the first two games of Egypt’s campaign as Mohamed El-Shenawy started ahead of the veteran. But, the captain returned for the final of their campaign to achieve the record at the Samara Arena on Monday.

And, he left a mark on this match as well. He saved a penalty in the 41st minute of the match. Saudi’s Fahad hit the ball to the right but the 45-year-old dived towards his right and put a strong hand and pushed the ball to the cross-bar to keep Egypt’s lead intact. But four minutes later, Saudi were awarded another penalty and this time they made no mistake.Salman calmly guided the ball past the keeper to level the scoring.

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The Egyptian, who was born on January 15th, 1973, is 25 years and 339 days older than the youngest player to play in the World Cup. Kylian Mbappe, born on December 20, 1998 is the youngest player in this year’s World Cup.

Before Elhadary, Mondragon was the oldest to take the field at the age of 43 years and 3 days when his team took on Japan in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Cameroon’s Roger Milla (42 years, 1 month and 8 days), Northern Ireland’s Pat Jennings (41 years), England’s Peter Shilton (40 years, 9 months and 19 days) and Italy’s Dino Zoff (40 years, 4 months and 13 days) are the other four in the top five list.

Essam Elhadary is playing his first World Cup game on Monday (Reuters Photo)

Elhadary is also older than three of the managers at the 2018 World Cup final. Belgium’s Roberto Martinez (179 days), Serbia’s Mladen Krstajic (413 days) and Senegal’s Aliou Cisse (1164 days) are all younger than the Egyptian.

The 45-year-old is playing a World Cup more than 22 years after making his debut. Sadly, the occasion wasn’t the ideal for him as he took the field against Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi and Egypt are trying to avoid finishing last in Group A as they bow out of the World Cup, a disappointing end to the tournament in particular for Egypt and their usually prolific striker Mohamed Salah.

Both teams lost their first two games and the only thing they can salvage in the Volgograd Arena is the chance not to finish bottom of their group.

For Saudi Arabia, the match also offers the possibility of a first goal in the tournament in Russia.

Egypt, making their first World Cup appearance since 1990, had been tipped to advance into the knockout rounds after looking strong in the qualifiers.

But they narrowly lost to 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening match, which Salah missed as he recovered from his Champions League final injury with Liverpool. They then went down 3-1 to hosts Russia.



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Priyanka Chopra And Parineeti Enjoy Monsoon In Goa. (Psst… Nick Jonas Was There Too)


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Priyanka Chopra was spotted leaving for Goa with Nick Jonas (they’re reportedly dating) over the weekend but as per a recent video, the actress is enjoying monsoon with her cousin Parineeti Chopra. The Hasee Toh Phasee actress shared a video of them dancing in the rain, singing (arguably) Bollywood’s favourite rain dance number – Tip Tip Barsa Paani. Parineeti shared a video on all her social media pages with the same caption, which read: “Not a cheesy Chopra sister performance. Nope. #DancingInTheRain.” Of course, the internet had eyes only for Nick Jonas, who was spotted towards the end of the video. “Nick Jonas standing curelessly in the back,” read one comment.

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Rumours of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ alleged relationship hit the internet after pictures from their yacht outing went viral in May. After that, Priyanka and Nick Jonas took over social media being photographed left, right and centre by the paparazzi. Priyanka attended Nick’s cousin’s wedding earlier this month and spent some time with his family.

Last week, the Internet had a field day after Priyanka Chopra arrived with Nick Jonas in India. Nick met Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra, who manages her production company Purple Pebbles Pictures. Nick Jonas shared a video of Priyanka dancing on his Instagram story, which he captioned: “Her” with a heart-eyed emoticon.
 

 

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in Mumbai

 

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in Mumbai

Before leaving for Goa, Priyanka hosted a party which was attended by Parineeti and Alia Bhatt among others and it is believed that Nick Jonas was also there.

Priyanka Chopra is currently seen in the third and final season of Quantico and she will soon start filming Bharat co-starring Salman Khan



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Kashmir shutdown: MLA, separatist leaders detained, heavy deployment of forces

Kashmir shutdown: MLA, separatist leaders detained, heavy deployment of forces


Kashmir shutdown

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were also deployed in Kashmir. (Image for representation | Photo: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Separatist groups called for a shutdown in Kashmir against Shujaat Bukhari’s death
  • Internet services were suspended in south Kashmir
  • Independent MLA Engineer Rashid was also taken into preventive custody

Life across the Kashmir Valley came to a halt on Monday following a separatist-sponsored shutdown. Authorities detained senior separatist leaders to prevent their participation in protests.

Shops, public transport, other business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and parts of the Valley. The shutdown also affected rail services with services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns suspended as a precaution.

Internet services were also suspended in areas of south Kashmir.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were also deployed.

The Joint Residence Leadership (JRL) issued the call for protest. Headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, the group issued the call against the murder of noted journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Kashmir.

Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody while Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq were placed under house arrest.

Independent MLA Engineer Rashid was also taken into preventive custody after he started a protest march from Magarmal Bagh area of Srinagar towards the civil secretariat. Nearly a dozen of Rashid’s supporters were also detained.

Meanwhile, a youth sustained a gunshot injury in his thigh on the outskirts of Sopore town during clashes between the security forces and civilian protesters.

The youth was shifted to a local hospital from where he was referred to Srinagar.

A civilian, Yawar Ahmad Dar, was killed on Sunday in clashes with security forces during an anti-militancy operation in Kulgam district while Shahid Hajam, who was injured in Srigufwara area of Anantnag last week, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.

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U.S. new home sales surge in May, boosted by South

U.S. new home sales surge in May, boosted by South


WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased more than expected in May as sales in the South surged to their highest level in nearly 11 years.

FILE PHOTO: A real estate sign advertising a new home for sale is pictured in Vienna, Virginia, U.S. October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo

The Commerce Department said on Monday new home sales jumped 6.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 689,000 units last month, the highest level since November 2017. April’s sales pace was revised down to 646,000 units from the previously reported 662,000 units.

Last month’s surge in new home sales unwound April’s drop. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales, which account for about 11 percent of housing market sales, rising only 0.7 percent to a pace of 667,000 units in May.

New home sales are drawn from permits and tend to be volatile on a month-to-month basis. They increased 14.1 percent from a year ago. New home sales are getting a boost from an inventory crunch in the market for previously owned houses.

A report last week showed existing home sales falling for a second straight month in May.

New home sales in the South, which accounts for the bulk of transactions, rebounded 17.9 percent to a rate of 409,000 units in May, the highest level since July 2007. Sales tumbled 10.0 percent in the Northeast and dropped 8.7 percent in the West. They were unchanged in the Midwest.

The median new house price fell 3.3 percent to $313,000 in May from a year ago. There were 299,000 new homes on the market in May, up 1.0 percent from April. Supply is just over half of what it was at the peak of the housing market boom in 2006.

Builders are struggling with higher lumber prices as well as labor and land shortages. A survey last week showed confidence among single-family homebuilders dipped in June, with builders “increasingly concerned that tariffs placed on Canadian lumber and other imported products are hurting housing affordability.”

The Trump administration in April 2017 imposed anti-subsidy duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber.

At May’s sales pace it would take 5.2 months to clear the supply of houses on the market, down from 5.5 months in April. Nearly two-thirds of the houses sold last month were either under construction or yet to be built.

Reporting by Lucia Mutikani Editing by Paul Simao



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