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  • *Street protests in Athens against more austerity. BRUSSELS, June 24- Negotiations to avert a Greek debt default stumbled on Wednesday and euro zone finance ministers accused Athens of refusing to compromise despite a deadline next week that could put it on a path out of the euro zone. Greece has to repay 1.6 billion euros to the International Monetary Fund next...

  • *With EU summit Thursday, Greece, creditors to keep talking. *Street protests in Athens against more austerity. BRUSSELS, June 24- Greece and EU finance ministers hit a new impasse on Wednesday as creditors accused Athens of failing to compromise despite a looming default next week that risks bouncing it out of the euro.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. stocks down on Greek debt crisis jitters Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:50 PM ET

    *Apple rises; Netflix trims gains after Icahn comments. Tsipras is scheduled to meet the heads of the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission in Brussels before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers at 1300 p.m. ET. "The U.S. market is taking some signals from the weakness in Europe," said John Canally, chief economic...

  • *Ukraine is seeking a writedown on its debt. LONDON, June 23- Ukraine is likely to pay all bond coupons falling due over the summer but a $500 million maturity in September could mark a halt to debt repayments if a restructuring deal has not been reached by then. War-ravaged and on International Monetary Fund life support, Ukraine has threatened to suspend payments...

  • ATHENS, June 24- Greece must present credible reform plans and they cannot be built only on promises of more tax revenues, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said in an interview published by French magazine Challenges on Wednesday. Lagarde said she did not want Greece to leave the euro zone and did not believe in any euro zone "explosion".

  • *Romania has precautionary aid deal with IMF, EU. *Romania says deficit under control, can afford tax cuts. BUCHAREST, June 24- Romania's parliament defied the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission on Wednesday by approving a government plan to start cutting all major taxes from next year until 2019..

  • MOSCOW, June 24- President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia could not provide Ukraine with the gas price discount it once had, days before new gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. Gazprom Export, the export arm of state gas producer Gazprom, which supplied Poland with 9 billion cubic metres of gas last year compared to 14.5 bcm shipped to...

  • Tsipras will meet the heads of the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission in Brussels before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers at 1300 p.m. ET. "Tensions seem elevated between Greece and its creditors," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital in New York. "There are worries that if Greece defaults, how...

  • MOSCOW, June 24- President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia could not provide Ukraine with the gas price discount it once had, days before Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will meet for another round of gas talks. Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission have been discussing the terms for Russian gas supplies to Kiev after a short-term agreement...

  • NAIROBI, June 24- The European Union said it will offer counter-terrorism training to help east African security agencies improve cross-border investigations and prosecutions in a region hit by deadly raids carried out by Islamist militants. The new program, to be implemented later this year or early 2016 across Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, South Sudan,...

  • BERLIN, June 24- Germany cannot imagine clinching an aid-for-reforms deal with Greece that does not include the International Monetary Fund, a senior German official said on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW, June 24- Russia is considering more import curbs on Western goods, including confectionery, canned fish products and flowers, a minister said on Wednesday, part of Moscow's response to EU sanctions over Ukraine. The ban, which prohibits food imports worth $9 billion from the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, was imposed for a year...

  • The New Development Bank, also known as the BRICS Bank, is one of two international development banks that China is promoting as an alternative to western institutions such as the World Bank. The National People's Congress Standing Committee, China's top parliament body, had started reviewing the agreement between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa...

  • *Europe stocks dip, Bunds rally on Greece talks nerves. *Greece worries lift gold off one-week low. Losses were pared after a European Union official said talks with Greece were still going on and that Tsipras would meet the creditors as planned.

  • BANGKOK, June 23- Veerathai Santiprabhob, a former International Monetary Fund economist, emerged on Tuesday as the front runner to takeover as governor of the Bank of Thailand once the current central bank chief steps down in September. Veerathai was formerly an executive at the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Siam Commercial Bank. Earlier, he had worked for the...

  • LONDON, June 24- German Bund yields dipped on Wednesday as the market turned cautious before key negotiations on a cash-for-reform deal with Greece, even as an agreement has looked increasingly likely in recent days. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to meet European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, the head of the International Monetary Fund...

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- U.S. and Chinese officials on Tuesday discussed Beijing's bid to have the yuan included in the International Monetary Fund's basket of currencies, a senior Treasury official said. The IMF is currently reviewing whether the yuan is both widely used internationally and freely usable, criteria for its inclusion in the Special Drawing Rights...

  • NEW YORK, June 23- U.S. stocks ended with slight gains on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq eking out another record close while investors continued to await clarity on whether Greece could reach a deal to prevent defaulting on its loans. Greece needs fresh funds to avoid defaulting on a $1.8 billion debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 30.

  • BANGKOK, June 23- Veerathai Santiprabhob, a former International Monetary Fund economist, emerged on Tuesday as the front runner to takeover as governor of the Bank of Thailand once the current central bank chief steps down in September. Veerathai was formerly an executive at the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Siam Commercial Bank. Earlier, he had worked for the...

  • LONDON, June 22- The United States and the European Union face a major challenge to achieve a free trade deal before President Barack Obama's term of office ends in January 2017, the EU's ambassador to the United States said on Monday. David O'Sullivan, a former trade negotiator who is now the EU's ambassador to the United States, said a deal within the lifetime of...