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Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt - Kotzias

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Friday he respects Germany just not German politics, nor the way Berlin views Greece's economy, which faces the prospect of running out of money if it cannot agree to new bailout terms with creditors.

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French President Francois Hollande (C)

France's 'economic patriotism' is not what it seems

Foreigners are set to take over several French blue chip firms this year and will largely do what they want with their prizes - showing the limits of new laws passed in the name of "economic patriotism".

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Greece offers some concessions as 'tired' creditors urge progress

Greece offered some concessions on Friday on reforms demanded by international lenders in return for new funding before Athens runs out of money, but euro zone creditors said negotiations needed to speed up to get a deal by June.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

Pacific pact negotiators agree trade rules for six subjects: Japan government source

Negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed trade rules for six broad categories as officials race to conclude a trade pact, a Japanese government source said on Thursday.

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SAARC

India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan

When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Greece's Tsipras urges speeded up process to clinch debt deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a speeding up of the process to conclude a reform-for-cash deal with euro zone creditors after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, a Greek official said.

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U.S. President Barack Obama

Trade bill key to Pacific pact clears Senate panel

Legislation to give the White House "fast track" authority to nail down a Pacific trade pact cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as a committee backed the bill and sent it to the full Senate for consideration.

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Greece

Timeline: Key dates in Greece's funding talks with euro zone

Greece is in talks with its international creditors -- euro zone governments and the International Monetary Fund -- on a package of reforms that would help unlock more funding to prevent the cash-strapped country defaulting.

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Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Greek cash seen lasting into June, no EU deal imminent

Greece can scrape together enough cash to meet its payment obligations until June, euro zone and Greek officials said on Wednesday, playing down fears of an imminent default as hopes receded of a deal with its creditors to release fresh aid.

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Greece won't present reform list at Riga, top Eurogroup official says

Greece will not present a list of economic reforms to euro zone finance ministers on Friday, a senior EU official said, adding the country should be able to stay solvent until June.

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Asian-African Conference

Asian, African nations challenge 'obsolete' world order

Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past.

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Bank of Greece

Wary of brinkmanship, euro zone steers away from new deadlines for Greece, official says

Euro zone finance ministers will not set any deadline for Greece to come up with reforms to get more funding because such time limits lead to brinkmanship in negotiations, a senior euro zone official said on Tuesday.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japan, U.S. sound optimistic on TPP trade pact negotiations

Japan's top trade negotiator sounded an optimistic note on Tuesday that he could reach a deal with the United States that is essential to creating a free trade pact covering 12 countries.

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Germany

Costs for Germany's nuclear exit could rise to $75 billion

The bill for shutting down Germany's nuclear power plants and building a safe disposal site for nuclear waste could rise to 70 billion euros ($75 billion), the head of a government commission told daily Frankfurter Rundschau in an interview.

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People's Bank of China

China to inject FX reserves into policy banks: Caixin

China's central bank will inject some of its war chest of foreign exchange reserves into two state-owned policy banks to support the government's overseas development plans, financial news magazine Caixin reported.

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