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  • FINAL ISTANBUL G20 COMMUNIQUE LARGELY UNCHANGED FROM DRAFT OBTAINED BY REUTERS OVERNIGHT.

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan asserted a strong joint commitment to combat financial networks supporting Islamic State militants at a G20 summit in Istanbul, a U.S. Treasury spokesperson said on Tuesday. In a meeting on the sidelines of the summit, the two also agreed that boosting near-term domestic demand should...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- The United States urged a meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies not to resort to currency devaluations to boost exports, while a draft communique gave a gloomy assessment on Tuesday of the outlook for global growth. The meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Istanbul comes at a difficult time, with major economies running at...

  • *Greek debt worries, Ukraine conflict sap risk appetite. LONDON, Feb 10- Nerves over Greece's future in the euro and the conflict in Ukraine dragged on European markets on Tuesday, while bets on the likelihood of a U.S. interest rate hike nudged the dollar higher and oil prices held steady after a rebound. European stocks fell 0.3 percent and the euro slipped towards...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- Russia's central bank will base its monetary policy on an average oil price of $50 a barrel in its baseline scenario, the bank's First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudayeva told journalists in Istanbul on Tuesday.

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- The Group of 20 leading economies will pledge to act decisively on monetary and fiscal policy if needed to combat the risk of persistent stagnation, according to a draft communique obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. The communique, intended for adoption by G20 ministers later on Tuesday at a meeting in Istanbul, pointed to the risk of prolonged low...

  • *Scheme extracted $150 million from UCO Bank- source. NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Feb 9- India's central bank has ordered banks to tighten monitoring of export finance deals after investigators uncovered an invoicing scam they suspect is part of a multi-billion-dollar scheme to exploit Western financial sanctions against Iran. According to sources familiar with the...

  • ATHENS/ ISTANBUL, Feb 9- Greece and its euro zone partners engaged in brinkmanship on Monday, with leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insisting his country would not extend its reform-linked bailout and Germany saying it would get no more money without such a programme. Escalating the rhetoric, Greece's finance minister said the euro zone could collapse "...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 9- Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters shows, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels. A document prepared late last year by the Paris- based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- Group of 20 finance officials look likely to reject a proposal to set countries specific investment targets to spur a global economy which appears increasingly reliant on the United States for growth. The meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Istanbul comes as Greece casts a new shadow over Europe, cheap oil plays havoc with...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- The recent slide in global oil prices is a benefit for the world economy and could lead to some upgrades of economic forecasts, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday. "For the world economy, without a doubt, weaker oil prices are a plus," Kuroda told reporters on the sidelines of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- The recent slide in global oil prices is a benefit for the world economy and could lead to some upgrades of economic forecasts, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday.

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- France supports the idea of a global investment target to boost economic growth but is against setting specific goals for individual nations, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on the sidelines of a G20 meeting on Monday. It would be quite complicated and a bit theoretical, "he told reporters in Istanbul. Europe can set its own target and...

  • NAUSEA, Germany/ ATHENS, Feb 9- The European Union's chief executive warned Greeks on Monday not to expect the euro zone to bow to leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' demands in a growing confrontation over Athens' debt crisis. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who found scant support on a tour of European capitals last week for his plans to restructure...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- Greece must respect European Union rules as it seeks an alternative to an extension of an EU/IMF bailout and Europe must recognise Greek voters' ardent hopes for a change from austerity policies, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Monday. Instead he wants the euro zone to give Greece' fiscal space' so that it can discuss a restructuring of...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The United States urged Greece and Europe to "tamp down the rhetoric" in heated discussions over Athens' hopes of easing back on austerity measures. Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras laid out plans on Sunday to dismantle Greece's "cruel" austerity program, ruling out any extension of its international bailout and setting himself...

  • *Greece casts long shadow at finance ministers' meeting. ISTANBUL, Feb 8- Group of 20 finance officials look likely to reject a proposal to set countries specific investment targets to spur a global economy which looks increasingly reliant on the United States for growth. The meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Istanbul comes as Greece casts a...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- The world's 20 biggest economies must focus on higher labour productivity and become more competitive and innovative if they want to deliver on a pledge to boost economic growth, the OECD said on Monday ahead of a G20 meeting. "Labour productivity remains the main driver of long-term growth," the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and...

  • The U.S. lobbying effort comes amid mounting concerns in Brussels and Washington about the hardline stance taken by some members of the euro zone, particularly Germany, that Greece must press on with its budget-cutting commitments, according to the report, which cited European Union and U.S. officials. A U.S. delegation is heading to Athens, led by the Treasury...

  • Concern over the ability of the United States to sustain the global economy as most of the world slows will be high on the agenda as the Group of 20 leading economies hold talks in Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday. The meetings come as Greece casts a new shadow over Europe, cheap oil plays havoc with inflation and growth forecasts and a strengthening dollar...