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  • *Athens sees full market return in 2016. *Athens could tap markets a second time this year. The Eurogroup of finance ministers met in Athens this week, attracting about 5,000 protesters who denounced the latest measures agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to try to make the economy more competitive.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The head of the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday called on the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy to move prices higher, saying "low-flation" in advanced economies risked undercutting an already sluggish global recovery.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The European Central Bank should ease monetary policy to combat dangerously low inflation that could crimp euro zone output and consumer spending, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • IMF's Lagarde calls on ECB to ease monetary policy Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 2- The European Central Bank should ease monetary policy to combat the risk of "low-flation" that could crimp euro zone output and consumer spending, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 2-IMF agrees $14-18 bln bailout for Ukraine Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 6:33 AM ET

    KIEV, March 27- The International Monetary Fund has agreed a $14- 18 billion two-year bailout for Ukraine, a deal to help it recover from months of turmoil that will also unlock further credits making a total of $27 billion.

  • UKRAINE'S YATSENIUK SAYS IF IMF-DEMANDED AUSTERITY MEASURES ARE NOT ADOPTED, GDP COULD FALL 10 PCT IN 2014 AND THE ECONOMY COULD DEFAULT.

  • IMF standby agreement with Ukraine - text Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 4:19 AM ET

    KIEV, March 27- The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday it had agreed a $14- 18 billion stand-by agreement with Ukraine. An International Monetary Fund mission worked in Kyiv during March 4-25, to assess the current economic situation and discuss the authorities' economic reform program that could be supported by the IMF.

  • KIEV, March 26- The International Monetary Fund concluded talks with Ukrainian officials on Wednesday, and was likely to announce an aid deal on Thursday for Kiev to help plug the government's budget gap and put its economy on a growth track.

  • UPDATE 2-IMF wraps up talks on aid for Ukraine -source Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 5:16 PM ET

    KIEV, March 26- The International Monetary Fund concluded talks with Ukrainian officials on Wednesday, suggesting an imminent announcement of an aid deal for Kiev to help plug the government's budget gap and put its economy on a growth track.

  • MOSCOW, March 26- The Russian economy may contract markedly this year and the country could see record capital outflow of $150 billion if the crisis over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea deepens, the World Bank warned on Wednesday.

  • World Bank warns of contraction in Russia Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 5:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 26- Russia's economy could contract by 1.8 percent in gross domestic product terms this year if the crisis following Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea deepens, the World Bank said on Wednesday. "If the Russia- Ukraine conflict escalates, uncertainty could rise around sanctions from the West and Russia's response to them."

  • WORLD BANK SAYS RUSSIAN ECONOMY MAY CONTRACT BY 1.8 PCT IN 2014 IF RUSSIA- UKRAINE CONFLICT ESCALATES.

  • MANILA, March 24- Southeast Asia is unlikely to hit a target of integrating its 10 economies by 2015, but the group has much potential to be a trading hub for Asia once it fully creates an economic community, the Philippines' finance chief said on Monday.

  • BEIJING, March 24- China's economy may still grow around 7.5 percent this year despite signs of a slowdown, and there is no immediate need for the government to roll out fresh stimulus measures, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao said on Monday.

  • BEIJING, March 23- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Sunday that there was not much she should could to push reform at her organisation and give emerging economies a bigger say without the support of the United States.

  • Ukraine crisis means EU-US trade talks a priority Saturday, 22 Mar 2014 | 5:13 PM ET
    President Barack Obama gives a statement on the situation in the Ukraine in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.

    Russia's annexation of Crimea underlines the need for the United States and the European Union to deepen their economic ties via an ambitious trade deal.

  • *EU trade chief says Russia must pay a price for its actions. BRUSSELS, March 22- Russia's annexation of Crimea underlines the need for the United States and the European Union to deepen their economic ties via an ambitious trade deal that would also allow Europe to import U.S. gas, Washington's top trade official said on Saturday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 20- Germany is the world's most efficient exporter and importer, the World Bank said on Thursday. In its latest trade logistics score card, the World Bank ranked seven European economies among the top 10, along with the United States, Singapore and Japan.

  • JOHANNESBURG, March 16- Mozambique's overall budget deficit is projected to widen to 9.5 percent this year from 3 percent in 2013, the International Monetary Fund said, as the country continues its spending-driven quest for economic growth.

  • BOGOTA, March 13- Colombia's central bank could begin raising its key interest rate toward a neutral level as temporary supply shocks disappear and gradually allow inflation to rise, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.