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  • ATHENS, Greece— The Greek government says it's still aiming for a Sept. 20 election date after the prime minister resigned because of a rebellion in his party over the terms of the country's new bailout deal. Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili told Greek state TV ERT on Sunday that "as things stand now, Sept. 20 is a feasible election date."

  • THESSALONIKI, Greece— Police in Greece say they have arrested 78 anti-mining protesters, mostly foreigners, involved in clashes outside a Greek gold mine. Police said about 1,000 protesters marched toward the mining operation in the northern region of Halkidiki. Many started pelting the police force with rocks and bolts and threw firebombs.

  • ATHENS, Aug 23- Greek opposition leaders made zero progress on Sunday as they pressed on with trying to form a new coalition, despite appeals from home and abroad for a rapid move to elections so the country can deal with its simultaneous economic and humanitarian crises. Conservative leader Evangelos Meimarakis spent the third and final day offered to him by...

  • ATHENS, Aug 23- Greek opposition leaders took things easy on Sunday in their quest for a new coalition, ignoring calls from home and abroad for a rapid move to elections so the country can deal with its simultaneous economic and humanitarian crises. The leisurely pace of coalition negotiations since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday- after...

  • Why early elections are bad for Greece Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 1:11 PM ET
    Alexis Tsipras

    Greek PM Tsipras has called for early elections. That may be good for Tsipras, but here's why it's bad for Greece, says Nicholas Economides.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 has worst 1- day fall since Nov 2011. LONDON, Aug 21- European shares suffered their worst one-day fall in nearly four years on Friday as growing concerns over China's economy hit world markets. The index fell to its lowest level since January and had its worst one-day drop since a 3.44 percent slump in November 2011.

  • What Greece's new elections mean for the bailout Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 11:56 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has resigned and called new elections— just as the country was starting to tap its new bailout package. While the move creates some uncertainties for the country's fragile economy, it is unlikely to derail its new bailout program, the only thing keeping Greece solvent and within the euro.

  • *China factory activity sinks to 6-1/ 2- year low. China's factory sector shrank at its fastest rate in almost 6-1/ 2- years in August, a private survey showed, pushing investors who fear China's sagging economy will translate into slower global economic growth to take refuge in gold and bonds. "Uncertainty about China growth is now the main swing factor in markets,"...

  • Snap election! What's next for Tsipras? Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Snap election! What's next for Tsipras?

    Dr Angelos Chryssogelos, academy senior fellow at Chatham House, explains why the most probable outcome for a Greek snap election would be a coalition government.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Following are five themes likely to dominate the thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them. China's bourses fell 11 percent this week, Asian stocks hit a 2- year low and the weakness is spilling over into developed markets- Germany's DAX is on track for its worst month since 2011 and the S&P 500 is now...

  • LONDON, Aug 21- European shares fell to a seven-month low on Friday, as growing concerns over China's economy hit world stock markets and many investors remained cautious over the near-term outlook. The Caixin/ Markit manufacturing index showed activity in China's factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/ 2 years in August, heightening fears of a...

  • ATHENS, Aug 21- Rebels angered by Greece's international bailout walked out of the leftist Syriza party on Friday, formalising a widely-expected split after leader Alexis Tsipras resigned as prime minister to pave the way for early elections. Greece's president gave the conservative opposition a chance to form a new government, but the effort is almost...

  • ATHENS, Aug 21- Rebels opposed to Greece's international bailout walked out of the leftist Syriza party on Friday, formalising a split after its leader Alexis Tsipras resigned as prime minister and paved the way for early elections. Greece's president gave the conservative opposition a chance to form a new government following Tsipras's resignation on...

  • *China factory activity sinks to 6-1/ 2- year low. China's vast factory sector shrank at its fastest rate in almost 6-1/ 2- years in August, a private survey showed, pushing investors who fear China's sagging economy will translate into slower global growth to take refuge in gold and bonds. "Uncertainty about China growth is now the main swing factor in markets," said...

  • Financial information company Markit said its purchasing managers' index for the eurozone— a broad index of business activity— rose to 54.1 points in August from 53.9 the previous month. Markit estimates the economy to be growing at a quarterly rate of 0.4 percent, slightly ahead of the 0.3 percent recorded in the second quarter. Rob Dobson, senior economist at...

  • HELSINKI/ VIENNA, Aug 21- European policymakers saw Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' resignation and election call as a gambit to consolidate support for Athens' new bailout, but the move unnerved some investors who worried on Friday that reforms could be delayed. Thomas Wieser, the head of the Euro Working Group which prepares decisions for meetings of euro...

  • ATHENS, Aug 21- Greek equities moved lower in early Friday deals after the leftist-led government's resignation, adding to the previous day's 3.5 percent drop with blue chip shares underperforming the broader market. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office...

  • Tsipras resignation necessary: Editor Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 2:20 AM ET
    Tsipras resignation necessary: Editor

    Nick Malkoutzis, editor of Macropolis, says the resignation of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was necessary given the political rifts within his party.

  • Tsipras popular for keeping euro: CIO Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 AM ET
    Tsipras popular for keeping euro: CIO

    Alan Higgins, U.K. CIO of Coutts, says the now-resigned Prime Minister of Greece maintained his popularity in part because he kept the country in the euro.

  • VIENNA, Aug 21- A senior European Union official said on Friday that a snap election called by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras within hours of new EU bailout cash arriving in Athens would have no effect on the financial aid package. When asked whether the election would change the numbers of the bailout deal, Thomas Wieser, the head of the Euro Working Group...