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SYDNEY: Australian shares are expected to have a subdued start on Friday as political turmoil in the United States raised uncertainty over President Donald Trump's agenda and kept an index of global equity markets near a three-week low.

Basic material stocks in the region may see some pressure due to lower metal prices.

The local share price index futures was 0.05 percent, or 3 points, lower at 5,727, a 11.3-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index  close.

The benchmark closed down 0.8 percent in its previous session.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index  was up 11.69 points, or 0.16 percent, to 7,383.45 at 2202 GMT.

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