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  • *Bild urges Merkel to be tough at Greece summit. The first point in the plan: the immediate exit of Greece from the euro zone. And her centre-left coalition partners, the Social Democrats, are also talking tough these days, limiting Merkel's room to forge compromises with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that would keep Greece in the currency bloc.

  • RIGA/ STRASBOURG, France, July 7- A Soviet-era rubbish dump in a swamp on the outskirts of Riga was once an obstacle to Latvia's European Union membership. They are pollinated by bumble bees specially imported from Belgium, headquarters of the EU, which made reform of the rat-infested health hazard a requirement for Latvia's EU accession in 2004..

  • STRASBOURG, July 7- Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU's chief executive, chided the Greek government and his own German critics on Tuesday and pledged to counter those he said were secretly trying to force Greece out of the euro zone. In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg ahead of a crunch euro summit in Brussels later in the day, the European Commission...

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, July 7- Greece faces a last chance to stay in the euro zone on Tuesday when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras puts proposals to an emergency euro zone summit after Greek voters resoundingly rejected the austerity terms of a defunct bailout. The leaders of Germany and France, the currency area's two main powers, said after conferring on Monday that...

  • *Investors hope for eventual deal on Greece. TOKYO, July 7- Most Asian stocks drooped on Tuesday as Chinese equity markets went into a fresh tailspin, fraying investor nerves already strained by uncertainty hanging over the future of Greece and the European currency union. Japan's Nikkei rose 1.4 percent after a sharp fall on Monday while European shares were...

  • Tsipras faces intense pressure from creditors abroad and banks at home who all demand what Greece lacks: money. With Greece's future in the European Union and its euro currency at stake, a Monday meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande in Paris set the tone for the Brussels talks. Tsipras scored a bigger than...

  • *Investors hope for eventual deal on Greece. *China share market losses raise concerns for Asia. Japan's Nikkei rose 1.2 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan, which fell to six-month low on Monday, was up 0.2 percent.

  • SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia holds interest rate meeting- 0430 GMT. PARIS- Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer is due to speak about EU capital markets union at a financial sector conference- 0700 GMT. FRANKFURT- German's Bundesbank Board member Joachim Nagel to speak on "Asset Management of Public Pension Funds"- 1400 GMT.

  • PARIS/ ATHENS, July 6- France and Germany told Greece on Monday to come up with serious proposals in order to restart financial aid talks, a day after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject more austerity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the euro zone's most powerful leaders, said Athens must move quickly if it wants to...

  • PARIS/ ATHENS, July 6- France and Germany told Greece to come up with serious proposals in order to restart financial aid talks, raising pressure on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to compromise a day after his country voted overwhelmingly against more austerity. After a meeting in Paris, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande...

  • CHICAGO, July 6- U.S. corn and soybean futures dropped on Monday as lighter-than-expected U.S. rainfall eased fears about soggy Midwest crops while worries over Greece and China led investors to shun many commodity markets. Corn prices pulled back from 2015 highs notched last week after heavy Midwest rains raised crop concerns and following a...

  • PARIS, July 6- Leaders of France and Germany told Greece's government the door for negotiations with creditors remained open but urged it to make credible proposals at a euro zone summit to reach a cash-for-reform deal and so avoid a euro zone exit. "It's now up to the government of Alexis Tsipras to offer serious, credible proposals so that this will can be turned...

  • PARIS, July 6- Leaders of France and Germany told Greece's government on Monday the door for negotiations with creditors remained open but urged it to make quick proposals to reach a cash-for-reform deal. Merkel said the conditions for a discussion on a program involving the European Union's bailout fund were not present and urged Greece to put proposals on...

  • In fact, searches for flights to Greece from Britain and Spain are up in recent days, says travel search engine Skyscanner. Bookings for flights from Britain to Greece in July and August rose by 14 percent after banks were closed on June 29, Skyscanner said, while searches were up 12 percent in June compared with last year. In Germany, which has taken a hard line on...

  • *German government says up to Greece to act to stay in euro. BERLIN, July 6- The German government signaled a tough line towards Greece on Monday, saying it saw no basis for new bailout negotiations and insisting it was up to Athens to move swiftly if it wanted to preserve its place in the euro zone. With opinion towards Greece hardening in Germany's ruling coalition...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly in afternoon trading Monday following sharper drops in Europe and Asia as Greeks voted to reject the spending cuts and tax increases demanded by its creditors for additional loans. Meeting in Paris with her French counterpart, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the importance of Greece taking "responsibility"...

  • CHANTILLY, France, July 6- French carmaker Renault on Monday launched its new Talisman model, replacing the Laguna at the top of its private passenger vehicle range in the hope it will do better against the German competition. Aimed at a sector long dominated by German offerings from BMW and Mercedes, the Talisman will be marketed in France from the end of this year,...

  • *Greece owes $3.5 bln bond payment to ECB on July 20. July 6- U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Monday after Greece rejected debt bailout terms, throwing the future of the country's euro zone membership into further doubt. A new bailout deal is needed for Greece to meet a July 20 deadline to repay $3.9 billion of bonds to the ECB.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet in Paris in the afternoon. *Greece's finance minister quit and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said his government was ready to return immediately to negotiations with creditors in a bid to open shuttered banks. The Institute for Supply Management's services index data is...

  • *German government says up to Greece to act to stay in euro. BERLIN, July 6- The German government signalled a tough line towards Greece on Monday, saying it saw no basis for new bailout negotiations and insisting it was up to Athens to move swiftly if it wanted to preserve its place in the euro zone. With opinion towards Greece hardening in Germany's ruling coalition...