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  • World Bank says trade protectionism starts to level off Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 26- Barriers to imports in major economies are starting to recede after a rash of protectionism during the global financial crisis, World Bank figures showed on Thursday.

  • *Lack of finance a major hurdle for Africa's development. *World Bank leading program to promote credit bureaus. LUSAKA/ LAGOS, June 17- When Joyce Musonda wanted to start a business two years ago selling kitchen tiles from her backyard in an up-and-coming district of Zambia's capital of Lusaka, she braced herself for a battle to find a start-up loan.

  • *Bank of America shares biggest drag on S&P 500. *World Bank cuts global 2014 outlook. NEW YORK, June 11- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, with the Dow breaking a four-day string of record closing highs, following the World Bank's reduction of its global growth forecast.

  • NEW YORK, June 11- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 pulling back from recent record highs following the World Bank's reduction of its global growth forecast. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 102.04 points or 0.60 percent, to end unofficially at 16,843.88. The S&P 500 declined 6.90 points or 0.35 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,943.89.

  • *Bank of America shares biggest drag on S&P 500. *World Bank cuts global 2014 outlook. NEW YORK, June 11- U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 pulling back from recent record highs, following the World Bank's reduction of its global growth forecast.

  • NEW YORK, June 11- Stocks retreated from recent highs on Wednesday, pressured by a lower World Bank growth forecast and a profit warning from Lufthansa, while crude oil rose on fears of disrupted supply from Iraq.

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street dips, but tech helps Nasdaq Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 12:55 PM ET

    *Micron, Amazon rise after analysts' comments. *World Bank cuts global 2014 outlook. Investors expressed caution after the surprising primary election defeat of Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, by an upstart candidate from the Tea Party movement.

  • *World Bank cuts global 2014 outlook. In a cautious note, the World Bank late Tuesday cut its global economic growth forecast for 2014 to 2.8 percent from 3.2 percent due to the impact of the Ukraine crisis and a harsh U.S. winter.

  • *Micron higher in premarket, Credit Suisse ups target. *Sounding a cautious note, the World Bank late Tuesday cut its global economic growth forecast to 2.8 percent from 3.2 percent due to the impact of the Ukraine crisis and a harsh U.S. winter.

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- The World Bank on Tuesday trimmed its global growth forecast, saying a confluence of events, from the Ukraine crisis to unusually cold weather in the United States, dampened economic expansion in the first half of the year.

  • BEIJING, June 6- China aims to cut the proportion of cash that commercial banks must keep with the People's Bank of China, the country's banking regulator said on Friday, signalling further monetary loosening although the IMF and World Bank say its economy is doing fine.

  • BEIJING, June 6- China is likely to meet its economic growth target of 7.5 percent this year, the World Bank said on Friday, but must persevere with fiscal and financial sector reforms to deal with the root cause of its debt problems.

  • George Soros: Why helping Ukraine also helps Europe Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 3:17 PM ET
    George Soros attends the 2014 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    The success of the new Ukraine would constitute an existential threat to Putin's rule in Russia.

  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, World Bank, says Thai leaders need to consider the economic consequences caused by the political crisis.

  • ANTANANARIVO, May 19- The World Bank will give Madagascar $400 million in financial support over three years, after recently restoring ties following a peaceful election, while the European Union said it was resuming full relations with the Indian Ocean island.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 26 Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    May 14- For other related diaries, please. WASHINGTON- World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participate in an event for women's empowerment in Washington- 2115 GMT.

  • CARACAS, May 6- A World Bank panel said on Tuesday it has rejected Venezuela's request to change the arbitrators reviewing a dispute over compensation sought by U.S. oil company ConocoPhillips for 2007 expropriations.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- Switzerland and Norway are the world's most expensive economies, followed by Bermuda, Australia and Denmark, according to a new ranking by the World Bank.

  • Latam countries pushed to reform as easy money era ends Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    Both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund expect slower growth in the region this year than last year in the face of weaker Chinese growth slowing demand for commodities and tighter financial conditions as some central banks wind down stimulus.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- The leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and United Nations on Friday called upon finance ministers to use fiscal policies, such as carbon taxes, to combat climate change. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim were joined by U.N.