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America's Cup becomes pawn in Bermuda politics

QUOTE-UNQUOTE: The Bermuda government has spent up to $US77 million securing the rights to host and stage the 35th America's Cup, and many locals believe the money would have been better spent on social infrastructure such as schools. The government believes the island nation will gain a $US250m economic benefit, both directly and as a result of a hoped for increase in tourism and superyacht visits. –Radio New Zealand's Todd Niall for a piece today on the Radio New Zealand website. Full story.

Bermuda's Premier Michael Dunkley dissolved Parliament and called a snap election for 18 July. Photo: AFP via the Radio NZ website.