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IMF warns of huge financial hole as Greek vote looms

ATHENS/WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund delivered a stark warning on Thursday of the huge financial hole facing Greece as angry and uncertain voters prepare for a referendum that could decide their country's future in Europe. | Video

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Heinz completes Kraft purchase, Buffett joins board

- H.J. Heinz Co on Thursday completed its purchase of Kraft Foods Group Inc, creating the third largest food and beverage company in North America and fifth largest worldwide.

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Mixed U.S. jobs report dampens September rate hike bets

WASHINGTON - U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. | Video

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No breakthrough at Iran nuclear talks, ministers push for deal soon

VIENNA - Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks on Thursday as foreign ministers flew in to help push for a swift deal and resolve disputes over how sanctions could be lifted and how Iran's compliance would be monitored.

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Germany says new reports of U.S. spying harm security ties

BERLIN/WASHINGTON - Germany is taking seriously the latest reports about U.S. spying on senior government ministers and they are putting strains on vital security cooperation between the two countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Thursday.

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Philippine ferry sinks, killing at least 36, but most passengers survive

MANILA - A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves on Thursday, killing at least 36 people but the majority of those on board were rescued, the coast guard and police said. | Video

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Washington state reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years

SEATTLE - A previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years, public health officials said on Thursday.

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Afghanistan targets U.S. defense contractors in row over back taxes

KABUL - Afghanistan is threatening to crack down on U.S. defense contractors it says owe hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes, including by freezing their bank accounts and refusing to renew yearly business licenses when they expire.