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  • WASHINGTON, April 30- The International Monetary Fund's board signed off on a $17 billion two-year aid program for Ukraine on Wednesday to help the former Soviet republic's economy recover after months of turmoil.

  • UPDATE 1-IMF approves $17 billion bailout for Ukraine Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 30- The International Monetary Fund's board signed off on a $17 billion two-year aid program for Ukraine on Wednesday to help the ex-Soviet republic's economy recover after months of turmoil.

  • *IMF cuts Russia 2014 growth forecast to 0.2 percent. MOSCOW, April 30- The International Monetary Fund slashed on Wednesday its already modest 2014 growth forecast for Russia, warning that Ukraine- related sanctions were scaring off investors and were pushing the economy towards recession.

  • EU ready to provide financial help to Ukraine -Van Rompuy Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    PRAGUE, April 30- The European Union is ready to provide economic aid to Ukraine in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Wednesday. "Of course we need a fully fledged agreement with the IMF but the European Union is ready for macro-financial aid in the framework of the overall package.

  • *IMF cuts Russia 2014 growth forecast to 0.2 percent. MOSCOW, April 30- The International Monetary Fund has cut its 2014 growth forecast for Russia and expects capital outflow of $100 billion this year, the Fund's mission chief to Moscow said on Wednesday.

  • EUROPEAN UNION STRESS TEST OF BANKS TO INCLUDE SURGE IN UNEMPLOYMENT TO 13 PCT, SHARP DROP IN HOUSE PRICES.

  • *Says escalation of Ukraine crisis would pose major risks. FRANKFURT, April 28- The European Central Bank should do "everything it can" to tackle low growth and inflation but euro zone governments must also shape up their economies, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Monday.

  • DIARY - Emerging markets economic events to May 2 Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    April 22- For other related diaries, please. MANILA- Asian Development Bank will launch its latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor, a semiannual review of Asia's regional economic cooperation and integration. COLOMBO- Sri Lanka Central Bank announces interest rate decision- 0130 GMT.

  • WTO SAYS MAIN VARIABLE IN WORLD TRADE FORECASTS IS SPEED OF EU ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

  • PARIS, April 13- Chinese economic growth data this week will offer the clearest indication yet of whether the world's second-largest economy will dodge a "hard landing". The International Monetary Fund warned last week on the risk of a "hard landing" in China.

  • Reforms to IMF hit serious deadlock - G20 official Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    *G20 gives U.S. until year-end to ratify reforms to the Fund. WASHINGTON, April 13- Reforms to the International Monetary Fund have hit a deadlock despite a declaration from global financial chiefs that they would move forward without the United States if it fails to ratify the changes by year-end, a G20 official said on Sunday.

  • 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.

  • FACTBOX-IMF quotas changes proposed under reform Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 7:38 PM ET

    April 11- Global finance officials are agitated that the United States has not ratified reforms to the structure of the International Monetary Fund aimed at giving emerging economy nations a greater voice in the global lender.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- IMF member nations trust the United States will eventually back reforms to give emerging economies more power at the global lender, the chair of the International Monetary Fund's steering committee said on Friday.

  • "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.

  • 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.

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

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Greece is likely to need further financing help from the euro zone over the next two years despite its successful return to bond markets this week, the head of the International Monetary Find's European department, Reza Moghadam, said on Friday. "The financing needs for the next two years remain very large.

  • *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.