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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 29- Mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 almost matched the record set in the second quarter of 2007, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies turned to deals to boost their market share. These include Royal Dutch Shell Plc's $70 billion acquisition of British rival BG Group Plc, cable...

  • LONDON/ HONG KONG, June 30- Money raised in global equity capital markets rose in the first half of the year to top $500 billion, but bankers' fees fell as secondary share sales supplanted lucrative stock market listings as the dominant deals. Initial public offerings had reigned supreme in the first half of last year, but they dropped by 18 percent to $96.8 billion...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. June 29- SpaceX on Monday was searching for what destroyed its Falcon 9 rocket after liftoff over the weekend, leaving customers still loyal but unsure when their satellites might fly. The privately-held company, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, has flown 18 successful missions with the Falcon 9 before Sunday's...

  • LONDON, June 29- Britain on Monday accused Argentina of a politically motivated and illegal attack on the nascent oil industry around the disputed Falkland Islands, after Buenos Aires said it would seek to seize the assets of drillers operating in region. He said Argentina was conducting a "flagrant and unacceptable campaign to strangle the Falkland Islands...

  • *Worried about Greece, investors shun riskier assets. NEW YORK, June 29- Crude futures hit 3- week lows on Monday as Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls, causing widespread risk aversion, while Iran looked likely to extend nuclear negotiations with the West to export more of its oil into an oversupplied market. "It's all about Greece today," said oil...

  • NEW YORK, June 29- U.S. stocks added to a global selloff on Monday as Greece veered toward a default on its debt, while the euro recovered from early sharp loss to turn higher against the dollar. Greece will not pay a 1.6 billon euro loan installment due the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, a Greek government official told Reuters. Talks between Athens and its...

  • Thibaud Simphal, manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, general manager for western Europe, were detained as part of an investigation that earlier led to Uber's offices being raided by police in March. Uber has provoked protests by taxi drivers from London to New Delhi as it upends traditional business models that require professional drivers...

  • UK'S OSBORNE SAYS HIS FINANCE MINISTRY AND BANK OF ENGLAND STAND READY TO ENSURE STABILITY OF BRITISH ECONOMY IN EVENT OF GREEK EURO EXIT.

  • LONDON, June 29- Government borrowing costs in Europe's indebted southern countries steadied at higher levels late on Monday after a sharp rise at the opening on concerns Greece's referendum might pave its way out the euro. Euro zone debt markets saw a glimpse of the contagion that spooked investors at the height of the euro zone debt crisis in 2012, but...

  • *Oil market also eyeing Iran nuclear negotiations. NEW YORK, June 29- Crude futures hit 3- week lows on Monday as Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls, causing widespread risk aversion, while Iran looked likely to extend nuclear negotiations with the West to export more of its oil into an oversupplied market. Also, the Iran deadline for a nuclear pact...

  • BERN/ LONDON, June 29- Greece's deepening debt crisis prompted bankers to pause, not panic, on Monday, and though markets dropped sharply they held above previous crisis lows. Euro zone stocks remained well ahead of where they were at the start of the year before the European Central Bank started printing money, and while government borrowing costs shot up in...

  • *Serbia, Macedonia limit bank transactions with Athens. Millions of people in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Romania have deposits in banks owned by Greek lenders, putting this corner of south-eastern Europe in the frontline if the Greek crisis spreads. Central banks in Macedonia and Serbia introduced extra restrictions on the movement of capital...

  • NEW YORK, June 29- U.S. stocks added to a global selloff on Monday as markets digested news of capital controls in Greece and the country veered toward a default on its debt, while the euro recouped some of its earlier losses against the dollar. Talks between Athens and its creditors broke down over the weekend after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a surprise...

  • SOFIA/ SKOPJE, June 29- Petar Bakhchevanov withdrew some cash from an ATM in Bulgaria's capital on Monday as a test to make sure the deepening debt crisis in neighbouring Greece had not spread to the Greek-owned bank where he keeps his savings. Millions of people in ex-Communist Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Romania have deposits in banks owned by Greek...

  • *Yen sharply higher after Greece fails to reach deal, sets vote. LONDON, June 29- The euro proved broadly resilient on Monday to Greece's moving one step closer to an exit from the single currency, helped by intervention by the Swiss National Bank and investors concluding that the situation in Athens still has some way to run. Greece looks virtually certain to miss a...

  • BRITAIN'S CAMERON TO HOLD CONTINGENCY PLANNING MEETING OVER GREEK CRISIS WITH FINANCE MINISTER AND BANK OF ENGLAND GOVERNOR- PM SPOKESWOMAN.

  • *Athens market shut as Greece imposes capital controls. LONDON, June 29- Euro zone stocks headed on Monday for their biggest fall since 2011, with southern European banks in particular getting pummelled, after Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls amid deepening crisis. The blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index sank 3.9 percent, with benchmark indexes in...

  • LONDON— A local council has rejected plans to frack shale gas in northwestern England in a case closely watched as offering a precedent for exploration in Britain. County councilors in Lancashire, north of Manchester, rejected plans by the energy firm Cuadrilla, which wanted to undertake exploratory drilling at a site in Little Plumpton.

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, June 29- Henrik Aslaksen, global head of mergers and acquisitions at Deutsche Bank, is to leave the company, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. Aslaksen had been at Deutsche Bank since 2002, according to his LinkedIn profile. Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

  • LONDON, June 29- Britain and Canada signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to strengthen ties between the two countries' nuclear energy industries. The MoU was signed in London by Canada's High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and Lee McDonough, director of the Office of Nuclear Development for the UK Department of Climate Change. Canadian reactor maker...