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  • WASHINGTON, April 12- A senior Chinese official hit back on Saturday at International Monetary Fund warnings that China's economy faced the danger of a hard landing due to poor asset quality, saying the government was taking action to deal with financial risk.

  • Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth.

  • Hints of possible deal on Ukraine gas emerge at G20 Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 7:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 11- Behind statements that Russia will not budge in demanding Ukraine repay its debts for its natural gas deliveries, hints emerged at a meeting of G20 finance chiefs this week that a deal in which Moscow eases its stance might be in the works.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Finance chiefs from around the globe on Friday gave the United States until year-end to ratify long-delayed reforms to the International Monetary Fund and threatened to move forward without it if it fails to do so.

  • "We are monitoring the economic situation in Ukraine, mindful of any risk to economic and financial stability, and welcome the IMF's recent engagement with Ukraine as the authorities work to undertake meaningful reforms," the G20 said during the IMF-World Bank spring meetings in Washington.

  • TEXT-G20 finance officials' April 2014 communique Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 11- The following is the full text of the communique and an accompanying annex issued on Friday by the finance ministers and central bankers of the Group of 20 nations after a two-day meeting.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- The world's top economies are monitoring the economic situation in Ukraine for any fallout that may pose risks to economic and financial stability, according to a draft communique by the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers.

  • SHANGHAI, April 11- China's yuan held a flat tone for the week on Friday after the central bank set its guidance rate up 0.02 percent from Thursday's close, as markets digested economic policy statements from officials alongside uninspiring macroeconomic data.

  • *OPEC cautious on economy, sees lower demand for its oil. SINGAPORE, April 11- Brent futures eased towards $107 a barrel on Friday as the global supply outlook improved with more Libyan supplies expected to reach the market, although growing tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine put a floor under prices.

  • China's inflation edges up to 2.4 percent Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:29 PM ET

    BEIJING— China's consumer inflation edged up in March as food prices rose despite signs the world's second-largest economy is slowing. Inflation still is well below the official target for the year of 3.5 percent, leaving Beijing room to stimulate the slowing economy with interest rate cuts or other measures if necessary.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to April 23 Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    TORONTO- Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa speaks at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto- 1600 GMT. WASHINGTON- German Finance Minister Schaeuble speaks at Center on Foreign Relations in Washington- 1715 GMT. WASHINGTON- 2014 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.

  • Alongside central bankers from the United States, Europe, and Brazil, Raghuram Rajan took the stage at a high-profile event here to list his proposals for better monetary cooperation and a global "safety net" that could provide funds for countries in case of economic emergency.

  • *Libya oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending. *OPEC sees lower demand for its crude in 2014. NEW YORK, April 10- Global crude oil drifted modestly lower on Thursday, pressured by weaker economic data from China as well as the prospect of a rebound in oil exports from Libya.

  • *Libya oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending. NEW YORK, April 10- Global crude oil prices slipped on Thursday on both sides of the Atlantic, pressured by weaker economic data from China as well as the prospect of a rebound in oil exports from Libya.

  • Putin: Ukraine debt threatens Europe gas supplies Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    The Russian president's letter to 18 mostly Eastern European leaders, released Thursday by the Kremlin, aimed to divide the 28- nation European Union and siphon off to Russia the billions that the international community plans to lend to Ukraine.

  • *Copper, iron ore see double-digit month-on-month growth in March. SHANGHAI, April 10- China's imports of iron ore and copper soared in March from the previous month in anticipation of higher seasonal demand in the world's top metals consumer, though crude oil shipments dropped after three months of high inbound volumes.

  • *Premier Li says no problem if growth a little below target. BOAO/ BEIJING, April 10- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth, even as big falls in imports and exports data reinforced forecasts that the world's second-largest economy has slowed notably at the start of 2014..

  • Nasdaq leads markets lower again Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    LONDON— Another drop in the tech-heavy Nasdaq index prompted renewed jitters across financial markets on Thursday despite earlier relief over Greece's successful bond market return. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed up 0.1 percent at 6,641.97 but Germany's DAX fell 0.6 percent to 9,454.54.

  • *Hong Kong Jewellery down on weak earnings. SHANGHAI, April 10- Hong Kong stocks steadied at midday after early losses, while China shares listed in the territory drifted lower over more signs of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong dropped 0.7 percent.

  • BOAO, China, April 10- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth in the world's second-biggest economy, dashing investor hopes that the government would aggressively combat a slowdown in activity.

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