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*Vietnam, Thailand likely to be biggest sources of rice. MANILA, June 27- The Philippines, one of the world's biggest rice buyers, said on Friday that it would loosen restrictions on imports of the grain, boosting opportunities for key suppliers in the region such as Vietnam and Thailand.
WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks in New York on "Monetary policy and Income inequality" at the Charles Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics. LONDON- Bank of England publishes half-yearly Financial Stability Report and Governor Mark Carney holds news conference- 0930 GMT.
*France now expects 1.8 bln euros vs initial 800 mln euro forecast. BERNE, June 25- France and Switzerland agreed on Wednesday to cooperate more closely on French efforts to crack down on citizens with hidden Swiss bank accounts to root out tax dodgers and cheats.
*No data available for total stocks in Zurich free zone. By Silvia Antonioli and Clara Denina. Its vaults alone could hold around 20 percent of the total stocks of platinum in London and Zurich, the world's two main two storage centres for the metal, market players said.
*Global stocks slip on Iraq concerns. LONDON, June 25- Europe's top share index slipped to a three-week low on Wednesday as concerns that violence in Iraq could escalate further prompted investors to take refuge in safer assets such as German bonds.
MELBOURNE, Australia- RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at a conference on "Strengthening the G20's Accountability and Effectiveness"- 0300 GMT. FRANKFURT- Bundesbank board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele gives update on Single Euro Payments Area- 0900 GMT.
*Syngenta declines to comment on report of Monsanto talks. Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, and Basel- based Syngenta had held preliminary talks about combining, partly to allow the U.S. company to benefit from lower Swiss holding taxes, according to a report from Bloomberg.
NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser speaks on the economic outlook and monetary policy before the Economic Club of New York- 1205 GMT.
TOKYO, June 23- When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed at the World Economic Forum in Davos to take a "drill bit" to the "solid rock" of vested interests in reforming Japan's economy, executives at companies such as General Electric and IBM paid attention.
TOKYO- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the second 2014 Keizai Doyukai Members Meeting in Tokyo- 0600 GMT. FRANKFURT- ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio will hold a keynote speech at Concluding conference of the ESCB's Macro-prudential Research Network organized by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt- 0700 GMT.
LUXEMBOURG- Meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. BRUSSELS- ECB Executive Board member Yves Mersch speaks at the panel discussion on "What form of fiscal capacity does the EMU need? of the conference "Economic shock absorbers for the Eurozone: Deepening the debate on automatic stabilisers" in Brussels, Belgium.
*Wants UBS to split wealth management, investment bank. MONACO, June 18- Eric Knight, chief executive of activist fund manager Knight Vinke, believes Swiss bank UBS will eventually follow his advice and split its wealth management business from its investment bank.
GENEVA, June 18- Whether it's allowing smartphone-touting millionaires to track their investments on the go or plan new positions by videochat, wealth managers are moving into the digital age.
*Wants UBS to split wealth management, investment bank. MONACO, June 18- Eric Knight, CEO of activist fund manager Knight Vinke, believes Swiss bank UBS will eventually follow his advice to split its wealth management business from its investment bank.
NEW DELHI, June 17- India imported 13.5 percent more Iranian oil in May compared with April as the country's biggest refiner Indian Oil Corp bought crude from Tehran after a three-month break, tanker data obtained from trade sources showed.
A dozen former BNP insiders and senior trading executives said it had in recent months handed over a host of documents relating to its oil dealings with Sudan and Iran, including details on trading houses' and oil majors' involvement in the trades.
ZURICH, June 15- The United Nations is exploring the possibility of member states and private sector companies sponsoring the refurbishment of its European headquarters, the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Food group Nestle could be one of the companies involved, the head of the UN's Geneva office was quoted as saying in a newspaper interview.
OTTAWA, June 13- Jeremy Rudin, an assistant deputy minister at Canada's Department of Finance, has been named head of the country's banking watchdog, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Friday. He played an important role in Canada's response to the global financial crisis.
LONDON, June 13- A rare 122.52- carat blue diamond found in South Africa could fetch more than $35 million for a London- listed mining company. Only three or four blue diamonds over 100 carats have ever been recovered, according to Cathy Mallins, corporate communications manager at Petra Diamonds Ltd..
ZURICH/ LONDON June 12- UBS shares fell on Thursday following a research report which said the Swiss bank could have to pay $8 billion in fines and settlements relating to alleged collusion and price-manipulation in the global currency market.