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  • OTTAWA, Feb 5- As the Group of 20 leading economies head into ministerial talks in Turkey next week, Canada highlighted the uncertainty of the global economy and concerns over the ability of the United States to sustain global growth. A senior Canadian finance official, briefing reporters on Thursday ahead of the meeting Monday and Tuesday of finance ministers...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- British specialist risk insurer Pioneer Underwriters has launched insurance to enable alternative fund managers such as hedge funds to comply with European Union regulations, it said on Thursday. The EU's Alternative Investment Fund Managers' Directive was fully implemented last year and requires alternative fund managers that market...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 5- Ukraine's central bank governor said on Thursday the bank had agreed with the International Monetary Fund on terms for boosting the Fund's financial aid to Kiev.

  • UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR SAYS AGREED WITH IMF OF FINANCIAL AID.

  • OTTAWA, Feb 4- Europe's economic troubles will be a key focus when Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers meet in Istanbul next week, Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Wednesday. A conundrum facing the G20 at the Feb. 9-10 meeting is figuring out what kind of joint action is appropriate given the current economic disparity: the United States...

  • Feb 4- Members of the United Nations' aviation arm, the International Civil Aviation Organization, meeting in Montreal this week, have endorsed a new standard that will require commercial aircraft to report their position every 15 minutes, a response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The guideline, which ICAO is aiming to bring into force...

  • EU watchdog gives forex futures breather from clearing Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 9:54 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 4- European Union regulators have given the $127 billion daily currency futures market some breathing space by exempting it from mandatory clearing of transactions in the 28- country bloc. The European Securities and Markets Authority is implementing new rules to make derivatives more transparent and safer, such as through clearing which uses a...

  • ATHENS, Feb 4- Greece's finance minister met a senior International Monetary Fund official in Paris over the weekend, the new Greek government said on Wednesday, its first meeting with one of the country's major creditors since taking power last month. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis met with Poul Thomsen, the IMF's European department chief, who is deeply...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- Greece has not talked with the International Monetary Fund about changing the debt framework of its bailout program, the IMF said on Wednesday. "There is an agreed framework for dealing with debt in the current program. Greece's finance minister said in a media interview published on Wednesday that Athens had started talks with the IMF over a...

  • IMF SAYS HAS NOT BEEN IN DISCUSSION WITH GREECE ABOUT CHANGE IN DEBT FRAMEWORK.

  • *PM Tsipras says Greece will respect EU rules. FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, Feb 4- Greece's new leftist government appealed to the European Central Bank on Wednesday to keep its banks afloat and vowed to respect European Union rules as it seeks a negotiated solution with euro zone partners to reduce its debt burden. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting...

  • ROME, Feb 4- Greece has started negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over a plan to swap its sovereign debt for growth-linked bonds, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said in an interview published on Wednesday. The government of leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras, elected last month on an anti-bailout ticket, is proposing to swap Greek bonds...

  • GREECE HAS STARTED TALKS WITH IMF OVER PLAN TO SWAP DEBT FOR GROWTH-LINKED BONDS- FINANCE MINISTER TO LA REPUBBLICA NEWSPAPER.

  • *Quarter of Israel's exports went to Asia in 2014. Citing attacks on Jews in Europe- including one in a kosher market in Paris last month- and amid fears that the European Union could take trade steps against Israel over its policy of settlement building on Palestinian land, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet last month: "We definitely want to...

  • *Quarter of Israel's exports went to Asia in 2014. Citing attacks on Jews in Europe- including one in a kosher market in Paris last month- and amid fears that the European Union could take trade steps against Israel over its policy of settlement building on Palestinian land, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet last month: "We definitely want to...

  • LONDON, Feb 3- There are no plans to scrap a draft European Union law on reining in trading risks at big banks but some of the proposed rules could be softened, the bloc's financial services chief said on Tuesday. Banks have hoped that Brussels would withdraw the draft law, saying Britain, Germany and France are already introducing their own rules to insulate...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Oil futures continued to firm on Tuesday adding to gains of more than 11 percent in the prior two sessions, but persistent worries over China's demand outlook capped prices. OPEC delegates, though, said prices may stay depressed until summer due to weak seasonal demand even as Saudi Arabia's strategy of curbing the output growth of rival...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- The International Monetary Fund on Monday signed off on a $688 million, one-year loan program for Kenya, which is meant to support the government's economic reforms and help it weather possible outside shocks. Kenya has said it does not intend to draw on the money, but rather have it on hand in case external shocks like weather, security concerns...

  • IMF approves $688 precautionary loan for Kenya Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 2- The International Monetary Fund on Monday signed off on a $688 million, one-year loan program for Kenya, which is meant to support the government's economic reforms and help it weather possible outside shocks. Kenya has said it does not intend to draw on the money, but rather have it on hand in case external shocks like weather, security concerns...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 2- Brazil posted a wider-than-expected trade deficit in January even after imports and exports tumbled, government data showed on Monday. Brazil posted a surplus of $293 million for December. Brazil, which International Monetary Fund data shows is the Americas' most closed major economy, posted its first annual trade deficit in 14 years in 2014..