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  • ATHENS, July 3- Thousands of Greeks staged rival rallies on Friday ahead of a weekend referendum that may decide the country's future in Europe's single currency, with polls showing voters almost evenly split. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras exhorted Greeks to reject the deal, dismissing warnings from Greece's European partners that to do so may see the country...

  • *Publication highlighted dispute between Brussels and Washington. BRUSSELS, July 3- Euro zone countries tried in vain to stop the IMF publishing a gloomy analysis of Greece's debt burden which the leftist government says vindicates its call to voters to reject bailout terms, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday. The document released in...

  • *Tunisia caters to those seeking good value, all-inclusive. *Spain and Bulgaria offer similar holidays. BERLIN, July 3- Fearing for their safety in Tunisia after a gunman killed dozens of tourists, sun-seeking Europeans are switching to destinations such as Spain, Bulgaria or even Greece for holidays this year.

  • *Euronext saw strongest six-month trading since 2011. Euronext, the Paris bourse's parent company and the largest exchange in continental Europe for trading, competes with the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse for company listings. The exchange said eight new large-cap listings in the first half bolstered total capital raised on Euronext to 61.7...

  • The decision came two days before Greeks were set to vote in a referendum on whether to accept bailout terms rejected by their leftist government, with a' No' vote likely to put Greece on a path to leaving the euro zone. The European Financial Stability Facility said Tuesday's failure to pay the International Monetary Fund "results in an event of default by Greece,...

  • Oil rigs increased by 12 to 640 following a slump that cut the number of active U.S. rigs from a peak of 1,609 in October to a nearly five-year low last week, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said. "This is the first weekly increase in 30 weeks and is an indication that the slump in drilling activity has ended," said Carsten Fritsch, senior oil analyst at Commerzbank...

  • In a televised address on Friday, Tsipras said a report by the International Monetary Fund which arguing that Greece's massive public debt could not be sustained without significant writedowns vindicated his advice to reject the lenders' terms. Repeating his assault on European partners he accused of blackmailing and issuing ultimatums to Greece, the...

  • ATHENS, Greece— In a story July 2 about the Greek referendum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the International Monetary Fund had said Greece would need debt relief worth 50 billion euros. The IMF said Greece needs new financing worth 50 billion euros as well as debt relief. ATHENS, Greece— Costas Christoforidis hasn't decided how to vote in...

  • *App to be suspended in France from 8.00 pm Friday. PARIS, July 3- Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced sometimes-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. "We have decided to suspend UberPOP in France from 2000 this Friday evening, primarily...

  • *Germany's Helpling buys Britain's Hassle.com. But whereas Airbnb and Uber quickly built the scale to dominate their markets, online cleaning services is a more open field, with U.S. pioneer Homejoy apparently in retreat after a rapid expansion in the United States, Canada and then Europe. The Homejoy site no longer accepts bookings in Canada, France or Germany,...

  • PARIS— Uber is suspending its low-cost ride-hailing service in France, hoping to defuse an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers. Uber Technologies Inc. has run into legal problems elsewhere in Europe, as well as in China and India. The French battle centers around Uber's low-cost service, in France...

  • "This is the first weekly increase in 30 weeks and is an indication that the slump in drilling activity has ended," said Carsten Fritsch, senior oil analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. Brent crude for August was down 45 cents at $61.62 a barrel by 0800 GMT, extending a downward trend in place since early May, which has seen prices fall almost 10 percent.

  • ATHENS, July 3- Supporters of Greece's bailout terms have taken a wafer-thin lead over the "No" vote backed by the leftist government, 48 hours before a referendum that may determine the country's future in the euro zone, a poll showed. With banks shuttered all week, cash withdrawals rationed and commerce seizing up, the vote could decide whether Greece gets another...

  • *Warning that vote will decide Greece's future in Europe. ATHENS, July 3- A new opinion poll on Greece's bailout referendum pointed to a closely balanced result in the vote that could decide the country's future in Europe. The latest poll was published a day after the International Monetary Fund delivered a stark warning of the huge financial hole facing Greece.

  • UNITED NATIONS— Malaysia told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, the current council president, told reporters after Malaysia's...

  • CHICAGO, July 2 (Reuters)- Technology has long benefited Chicago's futures exchanges, historians say, even though electronic trading is the final blow for its human brokers, rendering obsolete the "open-outcry" futures pits on the trading floor where they have worked for generations. The rough-and-tumble times of the floor were an iconic part of Chicago, and...

  • *Corn hits 2015 highs as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans end mixed ahead of U.S. holiday weekend. "The latest forecasts shifted the rain to the wettest areas of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and that is putting some premium back into the market for corn and soybeans," said Brian Hoops, president of Midwest Market Solutions.

  • FRANKFURT, July 2- German potash miner K+ S rejected Potash Corp of Saskatchewan's 7.9 billion euro takeover bid on Thursday, saying it was too low and that the Canadian suitor could be planning to dismantle the company, putting jobs at risk. K+ S, which is the world's largest salt supplier but derives most of its earnings from potash fertilisers, also said it was not...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    BERLIN— Germany releases May industrial orders figures for Europe's biggest economy. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for May, 8:30 a.m. Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for May, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for May, 3 p.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases...

  • *Warning that vote will decide Greece's future in Europe. ATHENS/ WASHINGTON, July 2- The International Monetary Fund delivered a stark warning on Thursday of the huge financial hole facing Greece as angry and uncertain voters prepare for a referendum that could decide their country's future in Europe. Days after Greece defaulted on part of its IMF debt, the Fund,...