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Greek Government Unveils Reforms Proposed to EU

Greece on Tuesday publicly unveiled a four-chapter reform list sent to the EU as part of a hard-fought deal to keep its vital loan lifeline alive, the finance ministry said.

The reforms pledge to "strengthen fiscal sustainability, guarantee financial stability and promote economic recovery," Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said in a letter to the country's European creditors.

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Oil Up in Asia but U.S. Crude Stays below $50 in Oversupplied Market

Oil prices rebounded in Asia Tuesday after falling sharply the day before but remained under pressure due to an oversupplied market, with U.S. crude staying below $50 a barrel.

U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery was up 11 cents to $49.56 while Brent crude for April gained 29 cents to $59.19 in late-morning trade.

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HSBC Bank Boss Defends Ad Bans as 'Just Common Sense'

HSBC's boss on Monday responded to reports that the global banking giant had suspended its advertising in two British newspapers because of negative editorial coverage, saying it was "just common sense".

"We advertise in order to sell more banking products. It makes no sense to put an advert alongside hostile editorial coverage," Stuart Gulliver, chief executive of the London-based bank, told reporters.

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Report: HSBC Chief Kept Millions in Swiss Account

HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver, who vowed to reform the scandal-hit bank, kept millions of dollars in a Swiss account, the Guardian newspaper reported on Sunday.

It is the latest in a stream of so-called "Swissleaks" allegations that have hit the reputation of the British banking giant and caused a political storm ahead of a general election in May.

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Minutes: Bank of Japan Members Cast Doubt on Inflation Target

Three of the nine members of the Bank of Japan's policy board have cast doubt on the feasibility of reaching its two-percent inflation target, minutes revealed Monday.

During their January gathering, at which the central bank slashed its inflation outlook, the three pointed to falling oil costs and stagnating prices.

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Athens Hammers out Reforms as Loan Deal Deadline Looms

Greece was putting the final touches to reform proposals due to its European creditors Monday, seeking to balance its commitments under a debt deal with curtailed anti-austerity ambitions.

European finance ministers gave Athens the deadline on Friday to present proposals that would convince its creditors to grant a four-month extension of its debt bailout.

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Iran Parliament Agrees Bill to Tax Religious Groups

Iran's parliament has approved an article in the 2015-2016 draft budget to tax religious foundations and army-linked firms that could generate trillions of dollars.

The vote, reported by the state news agency IRNA, could help boost state coffers in the Islamic republic which has long depended on revenues from oil.

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Greek PM: EU Deal Ends Austerity but Real Difficulties Ahead

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday that a hard-fought deal with European creditors ends austerity, but the "real difficulties" lie ahead. 

"We achieved much, but we have a long and difficult road ahead," Tsipras said in a nationally televised address hours after the deal was announced.

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Moody's Downgrades Russia Debt to 'Junk' Level

Moody's cut Russia's debt rating by one notch into 'junk' territory Friday, saying the Ukraine crisis and the fall in oil prices and the ruble will further undermine Russia's economy.

Just over one month since its last downgrade of Moscow's credit rating, Moody's said Russia "is expected to experience a deep recession in 2015 and a continued contraction in 2016.

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Euro Rises on Tentative Greece Bailout Deal

The euro was higher against the dollar Friday as the eurozone conditionally gave Greece a four-month debt bailout extension, easing worries over its future in the eurozone.

Finance ministers of the 19 eurozone countries agreed the draft deal in Brussels, on condition that Greece submits  a list of reform proposals by Monday to its bailout creditors -- the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund -- for review.

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