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  • AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France, July 6- Global economic activity should accelerate in 2015 after being gloomy at the start of 2014, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Sunday, adding that the Fund saw no brutal slowdown in China.

  • LONDON, July 4- Banks in the European Union should refrain from offering customer accounts in virtual currencies like bitcoins until regulatory safeguards are in place, the bloc's banking watchdog said on Friday. The EU's executive European Commission responded by saying it was imperative to look quickly at possible regulation.

  • EU banks watchdog advises lenders to shun bitcoins Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    LONDON, July 4- Banks in the European Union should stop offering customer accounts in virtual currencies like bitcoins until regulatory safeguards are in place, the bloc's banking watchdog said on Friday. Virtual currencies, which unlike conventional money are not backed by a central bank or government, have come under scrutiny after Tokyo- based exchange Mt.

  • July 3- Google Inc has begun restoring links to newspaper articles that it had suppressed in Web searches this week following a European Union ruling in May on citizens' "right to be forgotten," the Financial Times reported.

  • Merkel urges big push on EU-US free trade deal Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    BERLIN, July 3- Germany's Angela Merkel made a strong plea on Thursday for the European Union and the United States to complete their talks about forming a new transatlantic free trade area. But the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has met resistance in Europe, including concerns about imports of U.S. food and the need to protect European culture.

  • *Libya reaches deal with rebels to reopen oil ports. NEW YORK, July 3- Crude oil on both sides of the Atlantic dropped on Thursday as supply fears began to ease after Libya declared an end to an oil crisis that has slashed exports from the OPEC member.

  • MOSCOW/ BRUSSELS, July 3- Russia will limit imports of Moldovan meat from Saturday, its veterinary watchdog ruled, a move the European Union said looked like retaliation against Moldova for entering a free-trade deal with the EU.

  • *Libya reaches deal with rebels to reopen oil ports. LONDON, July 3- Brent crude futures fell below $111 a barrel on Thursday as supply fears began to ease after Libya declared an end to an oil crisis that has slashed exports from the OPEC member. The question now is how long it will take for flows to come out, "said Ole Hansen, senior commodity strategist at Saxo Bank.

  • EU orders Belgium to stop backing Dexia investor Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, July 3- The European Commission has told Belgium to scrap a state guarantee scheme granted to a cooperative that was once the largest shareholder in bailed-out lender Dexia because it breached European Union state aid rules.

  • SINGAPORE, July 3- U.S. crude futures slipped towards $104 a barrel in early Asian trade on Thursday as supply fears eased after Libya declared an end to an oil crisis which had reduced exports from the OPEC member to a trickle. U.S. crude extended the previous session's losses to fall to a three-week low, down 45 cents at $104.03 a barrel by 0030 GMT.

  • TRIPOLI, July 2- Libya's acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said the government had reached a deal with a rebel leader controlling oil ports to hand over the last two terminals and end a blockade that crippled the OPEC nation's petroleum industry.

  • LONDON, July 2- Oil fell below $112 a barrel on Wednesday, heading for its lowest close in almost three weeks, on a possible substantial recovery in Libyan exports after rebels said they would reopen two oil terminals. The port seizures have crippled the OPEC producer's oil industry since last summer.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 14 Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives Michel Camdessus lecture at an event hosted by the International Monetary Fund in Washington- 1400 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank holds Monetary Policy meeting. LONDON- RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle gives a speech to the Financial Times Camp Alphaville Conference in London- 1105 GMT.

  • TRIPOLI, July 1- Libyan rebels blockading key eastern oil ports have agreed to reopen the remaining two terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf on Wednesday, a rebel spokesman said, in a "goodwill gesture" that could restore a big part of the OPEC country's lost exports. Since last summer, the port seizures have crippled Libya's oil industry.

  • DEATH TOLL FROM EBOLA VIRUS IN GUINEA, LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE RISES TO 467, OUT OF 759 CASES- WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- The International Monetary Fund continues to be seen as a club for rich countries, limiting how much other nations trust its advice as objective, the IMF's own auditor said in a report on Tuesday.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 1- Sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine have brought growth to a standstill, had a "chilling effect" on investment and could force Moscow into economic isolation, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 1- Sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine have brought growth to a standstill, had a "chilling effect" on investment and could force Moscow into economic isolation, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

  • IMF KEEPS 0.2 PCT RUSSIAN GDP GROWTH FORECAST FOR 2014 UNCHANGED VS ECONOMY MINISTRY FORECAST OF 0.5 PCT; SEES 2014 INFLATION AT 6.5 PCT VS CENTRAL BANK ESTIMATE OF AROUND 6 PCT.

  • IMF URGES FURTHER FISCAL CONSOLIDATION, MORE PRUDENT OIL PRICE ASSUMPTION IN COMING YEARS TO REBUILD FISCAL BUFFERS.