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After five-week shut down, Greek stocks plummet

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ATHENS - Greece's stock market suffered heavy losses on Monday, plunging nearly 23 percent at the open before recovering slightly, after a five-week shutdown brought on by fears the country was about to be dumped from the euro zone.

HSBC sells up in Brazil as profits jump on Hong Kong boom

HONG KONG/LONDON - HSBC Holdings beat expectations with a 10 percent rise in first-half profit thanks to a strong performance in Hong Kong and said it had agreed a $5.2 billion (3.34 billion pounds) sale of its business in Brazil. | Video

11:31am BST

Syrian jet crashes into market in rebel-held area, 27 killed

BEIRUT - At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, residents and witnesses said.

World, Syria, Middle East 11:30am BST

UK manufacturing growth edges up, still dragging on economy - survey

LONDON, Aug 3 - British manufacturing growth picked up in July but new orders grew at the slowest pace in nearly a year, a survey showed on Monday, suggesting the factory sector would continue to drag on overall economic growth.

UK 9:34am BST

IAAF defends its anti-doping record after reports of widespread 'abnormal' tests

KUALA LUMPUR - The head of world athletics vigorously defended the IAAF's anti-doping record on Monday, as global sporting bodies called for a thorough probe of the latest allegations to plunge international sport into crisis.

9:22am BST

Barnacles on debris could provide clues to missing MH370 - experts

SYDNEY - Barnacles encrusted on a piece of plane debris that washed up on the French island of Reunion might help unravel the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared last year with 239 passengers and crew on board.

Rolls-Royce shares rise as activist stake fuels turnaround talk

LONDON - Shares in British engineering company Rolls-Royce , under pressure after a run of profit warnings, rose for a second session on Monday on speculation it could speed up turnaround plans after an activist investor became its biggest shareholder.

11:55am BST

Malaysia's anti-graft unit says funds in PM's account a 'donation', not from state fund

KUALA LUMPUR - Funds deposited into Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts were from a donation, not from debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the anti-corruption commission said on Monday.

11:43am BST

Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

DOHA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month's nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle against Islamic State militants and the war in Syria.

World, Middle East 11:06am BST

German carmakers buy Nokia maps to fend off digital rivals

FRANKFURT - German carmakers BMW , Audi and Mercedes , will pay around 2.5 billion euros (1.80 billion pounds) to buy Nokia's maps business, beating out high-tech rivals for location services seen as key to the future of self-driving cars.

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