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  • *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...

  • Clear-out underway in online cleaning market Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 8:13 AM ET

    *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,...

  • But with the Iran six-power talks having devolved essentially into bilateral U.S.- Iran negotiations over the past year, his comments were clearly directed at the Americans, who have been the primary drivers of the crippling economic sanctions imposed on his country over its nuclear program. The West fears Iran could develop its nuclear program to make...

  • 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...

  • UPDATE 5-Oil drops on rising U.S. rig count Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 4:22 AM ET

    "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.

  • Malaysia wants a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 8:23 PM ET

    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...

  • Technology, progress bypass Chicago's pit traders Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 7:17 PM ET

    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,...

  • AMSTERDAM, July 2- Credit insurers are refusing to offer new cover to companies carrying out trade with Greece because of uncertainty over the solvency of Greek customers hit by capital controls, a Greek importer told Reuters. Without discussing specific cases, Amsterdam- based Atradius, said it was concerned that the referendum on whether to accept bail-out...

  • *Corn highest since Dec. 30 as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans rebound from Wednesday declines. "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.

  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 AM ET

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. But Germany, another major creditor to Greece, is resisting, even though it knows better than most what debt relief can achieve. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's...

  • Polish PM candidate vows no euro, more economic justice Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland— Beata Szydlo led a little-known politician to a surprise victory in Poland's recent presidential election. The 52- year-old who managed the election campaign of President-elect Andrzej Duda is traveling the country these days in hopes of becoming Poland's next prime minister in the fall parliamentary election. The rising prominence of...

  • TOULOUSE, France, July 2- Airbus signed an agreement on Thursday to set up its second plant on Chinese soil in a deal that the European planemaker hopes will lead to lucrative new plane orders. Airbus hopes the increased presence in China will lead to more demand for its profitable but aging wide-body A330, which is due to be revamped with new engines soon to boost...

  • MOSCOW— A draft Dutch report into last year's crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine fails to offer a comprehensive picture, a Russian aviation official said Thursday. The Dutch Safety Board has made the draft available to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the U.S., Russia, Britain, Australia and the Netherlands prior to the release of the...

  • BERLIN— A Google subsidiary has apologized for making Nazi concentration camps part of a mobile role-playing game. Niantic Labs says players of' Ingress' can propose historic location and monuments for inclusion in the game, in which two factions use smartphones to battle for control of these sites. In a statement to The Associated Press, Niantic Labs' founder...