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  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The International Monetary Fund has agreed to pump $10 billion into Ukraine's troubled economy over the next year, providing swift assistance for the country's struggling finances as part of a larger four-year bailout. The IMF board on Wednesday approved a loan of $17.5 billion, with the bulk of the money heading out the door fast: $5...

  • IMF sees Ukraine returning to growth next year Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 5:45 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 11- The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that Ukraine's economy should return to growth in 2016 after a deep contraction this year. In a news release providing details of its $17.5 billion loan to Ukraine, the IMF said the economy would likely shrink by about 5.5 percent this year, before rebounding with growth of 2 percent in 2016...

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The International Monetary Fund has agreed to pump $10 billion into Ukraine's troubled economy over the next year, providing swift assistance for the country's struggling finances as part of a larger four-year bailout. The IMF board on Wednesday approved an overall loan of $17.5 billion, with the bulk of the money heading out the door fast:...

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The International Monetary Fund's board signed off on a $17.5 billion four-year aid program for Ukraine on Wednesday, the second attempt in less than a year to pull its economy back from the brink of bankruptcy. But the IMF deemed insufficient the funds and agreed program duration to support Ukraine's economic reforms while the...

  • IMF approves $17.5 billion loan program for Ukraine Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 12:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 11- The International Monetary Fund's board signed off on a $17.5 billion four-year aid program for Ukraine on Wednesday, the second attempt in less than a year to pull its economy back from the brink of bankruptcy. A statement from IMF Managing director Christine Lagarde did not provide details on how large an initial payment will be made to...

  • OECD: Euro zone growth gaining pace, others stable Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    PARIS, March 9- The euro zone is increasingly contributing to an improvement in global economic growth prospects, according to a forward-looking indicator the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development published on Monday. It edged higher too in Brazil and India but fell in Russia to 99.3 from 99.5. Within the euro zone, the reading for Germany...

  • MINSK, March 5- Belarus wants to ask the International Monetary Fund for a new financing programme, Deputy Finance Minister Maxim Yermolovich said on Thursday. The former Soviet republic's economy has been battered by a plunge in the Russian rouble and the conflict in Ukraine. Belarus received a $3.5 billion standby loan from the IMF in 2009-2010 in the...

  • BERLIN, March 4- Finance ministers from the Group of Seven leading economies praised Ukraine's new draft budget and economic reform package on Wednesday and said it should put the country on track for support from the International Monetary Fund. "This legislation makes significant progress toward implementing the prior actions on a new economic reform...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday that an infusion of financial support for Ukraine and its impact largely hinges on how the security crisis over Russia's actions in Ukraine is resolved. In an interview on MSNBC, the International Monetary Fund's managing director said the fighting in eastern...

  • ATHENS, March 2- Greece's government sought to assure its creditors and investors on Monday that it can cover its funding needs this month, including repaying a 1.5 billion euro loan to the International Monetary Fund. Athens is running out of options to fund itself despite striking a deal with the euro zone in February to extend its bailout by four months.

  • Armenia's GDP growth slows to 3.4 pct in 2014 Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 7:16 AM ET

    YEREVAN, Feb 27- Armenia's gross domestic product growth slowed to 3.4 percent in 2014 from 3.5 percent in 2013, and was down from an initially projected 5.2 percent, the National Statistics Service said on Friday. It also belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin's Eurasian Union, a bloc he hopes will rival the European Union. The International Monetary Fund...

  • ACCRA, Feb 26- Ghana and the International Monetary Fund reached agreement on Thursday on a three-year funding deal they hope will restore fiscal stability to an economy hailed until recently as an African star. For years Ghana's economy grew at around 8 percent on the back of gold, cocoa and oil exports and it was rated one of the most attractive countries in...

  • IMF reaches staff agreement with Ghana on $940 mln loan Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The International Monetary Fund staff has reached agreement with the government of Ghana for a roughly $940 million loan to help the African nation stabilize itself after three years of declining economic growth and ballooning debt. "Ghana experienced three difficult years characterized by declining economic growth, increasing...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Portugal's government debt market is likely to benefit more than any other in the euro zone from the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme that starts next month. While Portugal's total debt is one of the highest in the bloc, having been bailed out by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union during the debt crisis, its stock...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight that was "a valid starting point" for talks over its bailout, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday. Greece needed to present its plans as a condition for extending its bailout program for an additional...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece has sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday. Greece needed to present its plans as a condition for extending its bailout programme for an additional four months, in a deal struck with euro zone partners on...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday. "In the Commission's view, this list is sufficiently comprehensive to be a valid starting point for a successful conclusion of the review," the source said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday said it is confident Ukraine should get an overall $40 billion financing package to support its economy, without providing details about the breakdown of funds. The IMF last week said its staff had reached an agreement with the Ukraine government on a new economic program with about $17.5 billion...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- All parties involved in the debt negotiations between Greece and its European partners are trying to minimize risks to financial stability, a spokesman for the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. Some outside observers have warned that Greece could run out of cash and be forced to exit the euro zone if it did not agree on a six-month...

  • UPDATE 1-OECD raises Italy 2015 GDP forecast to 0.6 pct Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:12 AM ET

    *Warns market sentiment could turn on Italy. Italy has not posted a single quarter of growth since the middle of 2011.. The 114- page report on Italy's economy contained a 2015 growth forecast of 0.4 percent, but the OECD's head Angel Gurria told reporters at a presentation that the most recent developments had prompted an upward revision.