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  • *Sale of stake in Greece's biggest utility halted. A swift series of announcements signaled the newly installed government would stand by its anti-austerity pledges, setting it on course for a clash with European partners, led by Germany, which has said it will not renegotiate the aid package needed to help Greece pay its debts. After announcing a halt to the...

  • *Sale of stake in Greece's biggest utility halted. ATHENS, Jan 28- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised "radical" change on Wednesday as his new government swiftly moved to roll back key parts of Greece's international bailout, prompting a third day of losses on financial markets. Even before the first meeting of the new cabinet, ministers had hit the airwaves to...

  • *Historic victory sets new challenge for Europe. ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday agreed to team up with a right-wing party to form a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. The trouncing of conservative Prime Minister Antonis...

  • *Historic victory sets new challenge for Europe. ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras struck a deal with a right-wing party to form a government to confront international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. There is an agreement in principle, " Panos Kammenos said after talks...

  • Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:33 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister. "''We have the required majority," Tsipras told Greek President Karolos Papoulias,...

  • ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras will move on Monday to build a stable government that can take on international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. Syriza won 149 seats in the 300- seat parliament in Sunday's election, two short of an absolute majority, but the result...

  • NYMEX-US crude falls to near 6-year low as euro sags Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 7:31 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Jan 26- U.S. crude futures dropped more than $1 on Monday to near the weakest in almost six years as the dollar strengthened after Greece's Syriza party pledged to roll back austerity measures on winning a snap election. *While a final result may not come for hours, Syriza's Alexis Tsipras is on course to become prime minister of the first euro zone...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's leftwing Syriza appeared on course to trounce the ruling conservatives in Sunday's snap election and could win the absolute majority it wants to fight international creditors' insistence on painful austerity measures. While a final result may not come for hours, 40- year-old Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was set to become prime...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza will easily win Sunday's election but may fall short of an absolute majority in parliament by as little as one seat, the first official projection of the vote showed. "We have a thriller over the outright majority," said Michalis Kariotoglou from Singular Logic. The far-right Golden Dawn party will take...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza stood on the cusp of an outright victory in Sunday's snap election, commanding a 10 point lead over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, an updated exit poll showed. Centrists To Potami and far-right Golden Dawn were tied for third spot with 6 to 7 percent of the vote, according to the exit poll.

  • Euro falls after Greek exit polls show Syriza win Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    WELLINGTON, Jan 26- The euro fell on Monday after exit polls in Greece's general election showed the leftwing Syriza party winning a comfortable victory, raising the risk of a standoff over austerity measures with its European lenders. The single currency fell versus most major currencies in early Australasian trade, losing nearly half a U.S. cent to around...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's leftwing Syriza looked set for a comfortable victory over the ruling conservatives, an exit poll showed, with a chance of winning a full majority to face down international creditors and roll back years of painful austerity measures. If confirmed, the result would be enough to install 40- year-old Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras as prime...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza is on course to win Sunday's snap election by a large margin over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, a joint exit poll showed. Led by the 40- year-old Alexis Tsipras, Syriza wants to renegotiate a chunk of Greek debt and end austerity measures. Centrists To Potami and far-right Golden Dawn...

  • "In Greece, democracy will return," the party's 40- year-old leader Alexis Tsipras told a throng of cameras as he voted in Athens. "The message is that our common future in Europe is not the future of austerity." A Syriza win would represent another turning point for Europe after last week's announcement by the European Central Bank of a massive injection of cash into...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece voted Sunday in an early general election that could alter the course of the country's battle against crippling debts, with a radical left party favored to win by promising to rewrite the terms of its international bailout. The Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras has remained firmly ahead of conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras'...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland— Germany has not modelled a potential Greek exit— the so-called "Grexit"— from the 19- nation eurozone, Germany's finance minister insisted Friday, two days ahead of a Greek election that may bring an anti-bailout party to power in Athens. While praising Greece's better-than-expected efforts to get its economy in order, Schaeuble warned that...

  • ATHENS, Greece— The winds of political change are coursing through austerity-weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. Opinion polls ahead of Sunday's closely-watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece's international bailout, is poised to defeat Prime...

  • Tsipras is Greece's unlikely man of the moment. His radical left Syriza party is poised to win Greece's general election on Sunday— riding a wave of anger over austerity measures imposed as a condition for an international bailout. The prospect of victory for the traditionally far-left party that vows to challenge Greece's rescue package rattled...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- European government borrowing rates plummeted to record lows, the euro weakened and stock markets rallied on Thursday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond-buying programme. The stubbornly stagnant euro zone economy and falling consumer prices in the currency bloc prompted the ECB to unveil a 60 billion euro a month...

  • Nikkei flat as investors stay on sidelines before ECB Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:18 PM ET

    *Unicharm hits record high on strong profit report. TOKYO, Jan 22- Japanese shares were flat in choppy trade as the market digested expectations the European Central Bank will unveil new stimulus measures at its meeting later on Thursday, while a pause in the weak yen kept investors sidelined. Greece faces an early national election after its parliament...