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AP Top Business News At 2:25 a.m. EDT

Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave
TUAL, Indonesia (AP) -- All he did was ask to go home....

China's manufacturing weak in June, more jobs cut
BEIJING (AP) -- China's manufacturing was weak in June and employers cut more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, in a new sign the world's second-largest economy is struggling to emerge from a slump....

Long lines in Greece as banks reopen; new proposal weighed
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Eurozone finance ministers were set to weigh Greece's latest proposal for aid Wednesday, hours after the country's international bailout expired without a deal, cutting it off from vital financing and deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone....

Seoul court denies US fund's request to stop Samsung merger
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean court Wednesday denied an American hedge fund's request to stop Samsung from combining two of its companies, a largely expected ruling that gives South Korea's biggest business group a boost in an upcoming shareholder vote on the merger....

Asian stocks higher as investors watch Greek debt talks
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares rose on Wednesday as investors watched to see the next step as Greece fell into arrears after failing to make a debt repayment on Tuesday. Investors worry a default on its debts will lead Greece to eventually drop out of the euro currency, a move that could potentially set off turmoil in financial markets. But they appeared to be taking a wait-and-see stance....

IMF: Greece misses $1.8 billion loan payment
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):...

Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Gamal Takaway has turned up the hustle, to no avail. The popular waiter who goes by the nickname Jimmy often steps out into the pedestrian street in front of the Taverna Plaka restaurant to cajole strollers into taking a table. But even his epic charm has failed since the Greek government shut the nation's banks and imposed strict capital controls over the weekend....

World Bank urges China to embrace basic financial reforms
BEIJING (AP) -- The World Bank has urged China to carry out fundamental reform of its state-dominated financial system to keep economic growth on track....

Japanese business mood improves despite gloomy data
TOKYO (AP) -- The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling....

Economists say Puerto Rico needs right to bankruptcy option
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could head down Greece's path if it is not allowed to declare bankruptcy as it struggles with $72 billion in public debt....

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