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  • *Asia holds nerve as Greece misses IMF loan payment. SYDNEY, July 1- Asian shares made guarded gains on Wednesday as investors gave a resigned shrug to news Greece had become the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund. Calming after two days of wild swings, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • *Greece misses 1.6 billion euro IMF loan repayment. *Eurogroup head urges Greece to change stance with creditors. *Fitch ratings agency cuts Greece to CC.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to July 13 Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England publishes financial stability report, followed by Governor Mark Carney's news conference- 0930 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank Governing Council meeting. BERLIN- European Central Bank Governing Council member Jens Weidmann and Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch to participate in cabinet meeting of the federal...

  • CHICAGO, June 30- U.S. grain and soybean futures on Tuesday climbed to their highest prices since December after the U.S. Agriculture Department said crop stockpiles and spring plantings were smaller than analysts expected. U.S. corn and soybean stocks as of June 1 were up from a year ago, after record-large harvests last year, but below market forecasts due to...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The White House on Tuesday welcomed China's announced commitment to halt the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the carbon intensity of its economy.

  • PARIS— French telecommunications group Orange has reached a deal with its Israeli partner that could lead the way to their split, amid controversy and growing calls for companies to boycott Israel. An Orange spokesman insisted Tuesday that the company is not pulling out of Israel but rethinking its brand agreement with Israeli company Partner...

  • CHICAGO, June 30- U.S. grain and soybean futures jumped to their highest prices since January on Tuesday after the U.S. Agriculture Department said crop stockpiles and spring plantings were smaller than analysts expected. U.S. corn and soybean stocks as of June 1 were up from a year ago, after record-large harvests last year, but below market forecasts due to heavy...

  • *EU Commission urges Greece to accept deal. ATHENS, June 30- Greece pleaded for a short-term bailout extension on Tuesday to avert a midnight default as frantic efforts gathered pace to salvage a deal that could keep Athens in the euro, with Germany warning that time had run out to extend vital credit lines. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The United States and Brazil pledged on Tuesday to increase their share of renewable energy in electricity generation from sources other than hydro-power to 20 percent by 2030 in an effort to show commitment to fighting climate change. "This is a big deal," White House senior advisor Brian Deese told reporters on Tuesday, noting the renewable...

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, June 30- Euro zone governments are hammering home a series of coordinated messages to Greece in hopes of persuading voters to disavow Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and vote "yes" to a debt deal with creditors on Sunday, EU officials and diplomats say. Yet in doing so, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela...

  • NEW DELHI, June 30- The owner of Indian airline IndiGo said on Tuesday that the terms of a provisional order to buy 250 aircraft from Airbus had expired, but that the two companies remained in talks about acquiring a "significant" number of A320neo jets. Budget airline Indigo, India's biggest carrier by market share, signed a provisional order for 250 A320neo jets...

  • PARIS, June 30- Two executives from California- based Uber will face trial in France on Sept. 30, the Paris public prosecutor said on Tuesday, part of a French crackdown on what the government calls an illegal taxi service. Thibaud Simphal, manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, general manager for western Europe, were detained by police on Monday in an...

  • PARIS, June 30- China formally committed to halting the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions within the next 15 years and pledged on Tuesday to reduce the carbon intensity of its vast economy, in a much-anticipated strategy for United Nations climate talks. "China's carbon dioxide emission will peak by around 2030 and China will work hard to achieve the target at...

  • China announces climate target for Paris deal Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 9:53 AM ET

    PARIS— Top carbon polluter China confirmed it will try to cap its rising emissions before 2030 while the U.S. and Brazil pledged to boost renewable energy sources in a series of announcements Tuesday in anticipation of a global climate pact in Paris. In a submission to the U.N., China repeated an earlier pledge to achieve a peak in emissions around 2030 and...

  • PARIS, June 30- China formally committed to halting the rise in its emissions within the next 15 years and pledged on Tuesday to reduce the carbon intensity of its vast economy, releasing its much anticipated strategy for United Nations climate talks. In a plan that largely mirrors commitments Beijing made in a joint U.S. environment agreement last year, China...

  • WRAPUP 3-EU makes last-ditch bid to save Greek bailout Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 8:57 AM ET

    *EU Commission calls on Athens to accept 11th hour offer. ATHENS, June 30- EU authorities made a last-minute offer to salvage a bailout deal that could keep Greece in the euro as the clock ticked down on Tuesday, with Germany warning that time had run out to extend vital credit lines to Athens. With billions of euros in locked-up bailout funds due to expire at midnight,...

  • 2 Uber executives ordered to stand trial in France Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 8:49 AM ET

    PARIS— Two Uber France managers have been ordered to stand trial to face charges including "deceptive commercial practices" and complicity in illegal activities linked to its low-cost ride-hailing service, the Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday. Thibault Simphal and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, who have been targeted in their capacities as...

  • After months of wrangling and acrimony, the growing possibility that Athens could be forced out of the single currency brought into sharp focus the chaos that could be unleashed in Greece as well as the danger that would arise for the stability of the euro. "What would happen if Greece came out of the euro? There would be a negative message that euro membership is...

  • PARIS— Prosecutor: Decapitation, attack at French gas factory followed Islamic State' trademark'.

  • Still, the court's willingness to rein in the EPA emboldened opponents of Obama's climate change agenda, who said the court had finally woken up to what they call the haphazard and costly nature of the environmental regulations that Obama has put forth. Mike Duncan, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which lobbies for the coal...