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Top Stories for Wednesday 25 January 2017

From Morning Report, 6:00 am on 25 January 2017

The Financial Times' Tokyo correspondent Leo Lewis says many in Japan are nervous about what US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the TPP means for the future relationship between the two countries. .Some analysts in Singapore believe that a TPP without the United States is still a good deal. Karishma Vaswani, the Asia Business Correspondent for the BBC, speaks with Guyon Espiner. Housing New Zealand is being praised for showing mercy and compassion, after it allowed a disabled 61-year-old Auckland woman who was growing and smoking marijuana for pain relief to stay in her state home. Britain's Supreme Court has ruled the Government must consult MPs before triggering the Brexit process. The latest from our correspondent in Catherine Drew. After two days of peace talks, Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to enforce a fragile three-week ceasefire of hostilities in Syria. Our correspondent Natalie Carney has the latest from Astana, Kazakhstan Rich Americans spooked at the prospect of a political or natural disaster are increasingly looking at buying property in New Zealand. Reporter Phil Pennington speaks with Ollie Wall from Graham Wall Real Estate. Minimum wages are set to rise from 1 April, but many on that income say the increase isn't enough and unions are continuing their calls for a living wage, rather than a minimum wage. Leader of New Zealand First Winston Peters says political newcomer Gareth Morgan is "utterly misguided", after Mr Morgan called him an "Uncle Tom".