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  • LONDON, June 30- Copper dipped on Monday as investors waited for further signs of U.S. growth, but the metal was on track for its second straight monthly gain on tight supply and hopes of solid demand from China.

  • *Iraq sends tanks, armoured vehicles to fight insurgents. LONDON, June 30- Brent crude oil dropped below $113 a barrel on Monday as fears of a disruption to oil output from Iraq receded after government forces launched a pushback against a Sunni militant insurgency.

  • LONDON, June 30- British Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Coulson will face a re-trial over whether he sanctioned illegal payments to a public official while editing a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, prosecutors said on Monday.

  • Under Chief Executive Frans van Houten, the Dutch company- which started out 120 years ago as a pioneer in electric lighting- has been shifting away from the consumer electronics sector in a restructuring which has involved more than 5,000 job cuts and the sale of its television business.

  • BEIJING, June 30- China would welcome the participation of the United States, Japan and European countries to help set up a new multilateral bank to fund infrastructure projects in Asia, the country's finance minister was quoted as saying on Monday.

  • LONDON COURT SAYS UK PM CAMERON'S EX-MEDIA CHIEF ANDY COULSON TO FACE A RETRIAL OVER ILLEGAL PAYMENTS.

  • BRUSSELS, June 30- Euro zone inflation in June was flat, official data showed on Monday, easing immediate pressure on the European Central Bank to act again soon to tackle slow price rises.

  • China, Tehran's largest oil client, has since late 2013 been stepping up purchases after a landmark November nuclear deal eased some sanctions on Iran and has been making up the main portion of stronger Asian imports since then.

  • *May current account deficit $664 mln, vs April's $643 mln deficit. BANGKOK, June 30- Thailand's central bank signalled on Monday that Southeast Asia's second-largest economy would avoid recession this quarter and said manufacturing and consumption "started to show signs of recovery" in May.

  • FOREX- Euro traders eye inflation, ECB, BNP fine Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    LONDON, June 30- The euro traded flat against the dollar in early European Monday trade, with investors' eyes on a first estimate of euro zone inflation for June ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly meeting on Thursday.

  • Hong Kong shares fall, but post quarterly gains Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 4:08 AM ET

    HONG KONG, June 30- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Monday, reversing earlier gains, with investors taking profits and reshuffling their portfolios for the next half of the year. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 0.3 percent.

  • *European stocks higher, MSCI index up 0.15 percent. MSCI's world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, rose 0.15 percent. Investors will focus on euro zone inflation data for June, due at 0900 GMT, which should show inflation stuck at 0.5 percent, its ninth consecutive month in the European Central Bank's "danger zone" below 1 percent.

  • Philips and Vestas Wind lead European shares higher Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 4:04 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.4 pct. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index gained 0.4 percent to 3,241.65 points, bouncing off a support level tested last week, the index's 50- day moving average.

  • LONDON, June 30- German Bund yields edged up on Monday, with euro zone inflation data due later in the day likely to tone down expectations the European Central Bank will launch a large asset purchase programme this year.

  • LONDON, June 30- Companies around the world have raised almost half a trillion dollars by selling shares in 2014 so far- the highest total for the first half of a year since 2007, before the onset of the financial crisis, data showed on Monday.

  • HONG KONG, June 30- An unofficial referendum on democracy in Hong Kong has found that 91 percent of voters want the public to be able to nominate candidates for the Chinese territory's leader, organisers said on Monday, a plan of action ruled out by Beijing.

  • *But conflict still a long way from Basra. SINGAPORE/ SEOUL, June 30- Many Asian refiners say they are shying away from buying the flagship grade of Iraqi crude in spot markets, worried that the militant insurgency in the country could spread to the area where the oil is churned out and exported.

  • *Iraq sends tanks, armored vehicles to fight insurgents. LONDON, June 30- Brent crude oil dropped below $113 a barrel on Monday as fears of a disruption to oil output from Iraq receded after government forces launched a pushback against a Sunni militant insurgency.

  • BEIJING, June 30- China will maintain a current account surplus in the near-term, while keeping it at low level, China's foreign exchange regulator said on Monday.

  • China, Tehran's largest oil client, has since late 2013 been stepping up purchases after a landmark November nuclear deal eased some sanctions on Iran and has been making up the main portion of stronger Asian imports since then.