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  • LONDON, June 2- Tom Hayes, the first trader to stand trial on alleged Libor rigging charges, was called by Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank about possible job offers after being fired by Citigroup for alleged interest rate rigging, a London court heard on Tuesday. Hayes, who worked for UBS as a derivatives trader in Tokyo until he was poached by Citigroup> in 2009, has...

  • The battle to be the world's No. 1 restaurant once again felt like a tussle between Spain and Denmark, with Italy caught in the middle. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, got the top spot on the annual The World's 50 Best Restaurants announced Monday in London, beating Noma, Rene Redzepi's daringly innovative Danish restaurant, which fell from first to third place.

  • *European shares down as investors seek clarity over Greece. The leaders of Germany and France and Greece's international creditors agreed late on Monday to work with "real intensity" as they try to reach a deal that would prevent Athens from defaulting and potentially leaving the euro zone. Greek Prime Minister Tsipras said Athens had sent creditors a "...

  • *Euro gains ground absent clear progress on Greece. LONDON, June 2- The euro rose one percent on Tuesday after a better-than- expected inflation number pushed it through resistance at $1.10, triggering automatic orders to limit losses for those betting on further gains for the dollar. "A spike higher in the euro near the 50- day moving average, helped by the better...

  • The joint declaration issued by six European oil and gas majors was cautiously embraced by the United Nations, which will host negotiations this December in Paris aimed at designing a plan to cut the fossil fuel emissions that scientists blame for rising temperatures. Total SA, Statoil, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Eni and BG Group Plc called for "decisive action"...

  • TOKYO, June 2- The yen's slide to 12-1/ 2- year lows is a direct outcome of Japan's stimulative policies, but growing signs of discord among policymakers over its too rapid fall could erode support for "Abenomics." The finance ministry is voicing concerns about the pace of the declines even as the Bank of Japan remains focused on the benefits of a weak yen.

  • *European shares down as investors seek clarity over Greece. LONDON, June 2- European shares dipped on Tuesday while German bond yields rose, with investors in the dark over whether a high-level meeting on Greece's debt crisis might herald a significant breakthrough. The leaders of Germany, France and Greece's international creditors agreed late on Monday to...

  • *Dollar pops above 125 yen for first time since late 2002. In Asian trading, the U.S. dollar rose above 125 yen for the first time since late 2002 before retreating. Australia's Reserve Bank said again on Tuesday it wanted the currency to weaken further.

  • By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO, June 2- Institutional investors including hedge funds are scrutinising the past performance of Japanese government bonds for clues on where French sovereign debt is headed following one of its biggest routs in years. The swings in French bonds are so similar that some hedge funds have created charts plotting European yields over...

  • TOKYO, June 2- Japanese government bond prices were lower on Tuesday pressured by an overnight retreat in U.S. Treasuries, although the market managed to trim losses after a well-received 10- year auction. The bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, at Tuesday's 2.4 trillion yen 10- year sale rose to 2.71 from 2.24 at the previous sale last month.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, June 2- The dollar scaled a fresh 12-1/ 2 year high against the yen on Tuesday, breaching a key threshold along the way as it extended a strong run after upbeat U.S. data. "The rise by the dollar against the yen has been steep but sentiment favors testing new highs rather than consolidating," said Kyosuke Suzuki, director of forex at Societe Generale in Tokyo.

  • *Dollar flirts with 125.00 yen, fresh highs in over 12 years. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, June 2- The dollar hovered at fresh 12-1/ 2 year highs against the yen on Tuesday, having extended a bullish run after upbeat U.S. data helped it crack tough resistance. The feeling in the market is to give 125 yen a try, "said Kyosuke Suzuki, director of forex at Societe Generale in Tokyo.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 15 Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on the U.S. economic outlook and monetary policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies- 1400 GMT. PARIS- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Forum 2015. PARIS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy speaks at the panel discussion "Unlocking...

  • LONDON, June 1- Tom Hayes, an ex-trader on trial in London for allegedly conspiring to rig benchmark interest rates, at first agreed to plead guilty but later changed his mind, a prosecutor told the court on Monday. The former yen derivatives trader at UBS and Citigroup has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of conspiracy to defraud between 2006 and 2010, a criminal...

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY, June 1- Manufacturing activity showed scant sign of picking up across Europe and Asia in May as demand stayed stubbornly weak, highlighting the need for central banks to continue supporting growth. The gloomy business surveys come a little less than three months after the European Central Bank embarked on a 1 trillion-euro stimulus program and...

  • LONDON, June 1- European stock markets inched higher on Monday, putting aside concerns over Greece that unsettled the euro after Chinese stocks rallied almost 5 percent. "The pattern in a bull market is that immediately after a plunge, money will pile in, pushing the market higher," said Wang Yu, analyst at Pacific Securities Co in Beijing. The CSI300 index of the...

  • LONDON, June 1- The euro tumbled on Monday after Greece missed a self-imposed Sunday deadline for reaching an agreement with its lenders to unlock aid, keeping alive fears of a debt default and potential exit from the euro zone. Athens and its euro zone and International Monetary Fund creditors have been locked in talks for months, with the single currency...

  • TOKYO— Godzillas galore, including last year's Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally mid-July. In the original 1954 movie, Toho Co. studios concocted the giant animal that arose as a mutation from nuclear testing in the Pacific. That had special resonance in Japan as the only nation to have...

  • Greece's ongoing woes, downbeat U.S. data keep investors wary. Financial spreadbetters expected a brighter start to European trading, with Britain's FTSE 100 seen opening as much as 0.5 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.4 percent, and France's CAC 40 up 0.5 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was nearly flat in late afternoon...

  • June 1- China's manufacturing sector showed scant signs of picking up in May as demand stayed stubbornly weak, while exports in South Korea suffered their biggest annual drop since the global financial crisis, grim readings which prompted calls for bolder stimulus measures. The focus now shifts to the United States and parts of Europe, where hopes are pinned on...