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  • G7 ministers say talked about Ukraine's financing needs Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 10- Top finance officials from the Group of Seven developed nations said they discussed Ukraine's financing needs and the international response at an informal meeting on Thursday. "This included a discussion of the situation in Ukraine, its financing needs and the international response."

  • *Libya oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending. *OPEC sees lower demand for its crude in 2014. NEW YORK, April 10- Global crude oil drifted modestly lower on Thursday, pressured by weaker economic data from China as well as the prospect of a rebound in oil exports from Libya.

  • "We just did one earlier this year, and as you know, the Philippines is always opportunistic and when market opportunity is there, we will do one," Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima told reporters on the sidelines of the IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington.

  • UPDATE 1-IMF tells world to do more on growth 'marathon' Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 10- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday urged nations around the world to move ahead more quickly on policies needed to secure a stronger recovery and avoid a prolonged global slump.

  • India cbank's Rajan urges global crisis 'safety net' Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    MUMBAI, April 10- India's central bank Governor, Raghuram Rajan, on Thursday proposed the creation of a global "safety net" administered by a multilateral body such as the International Monetary Fund that could provide funds for countries in case of economic emergency.

  • BRUSSELS, April 10- Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union will hold talks next Thursday in Geneva to try to negotiate an end to the crisis in Ukraine, EU diplomats said. Moscow has said it wants to know more about the agenda for such a meeting, and while no more details were immediately available, EU diplomats said it will now go ahead.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- Russia's central bank made the right decision to defend the rouble in the short term and prevent excessive volatility in the exchange rate when the Ukraine crisis escalated, a senior official at the World Bank said on Wednesday.

  • OTTAWA, April 9- Canada believes that strengthening the global recovery is a key way to deal with risk of too low inflation in Europe and elsewhere, a senior government finance official said on Wednesday ahead of G20 meetings in Washington.

  • OTTAWA, April 9- Canada believes that strengthening the global recovery is a key way to deal with risk of too low inflation in Europe and elsewhere, a senior government finance official said on Wednesday ahead of G20 meetings in Washington.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- International Monetary Fund members must find a way around a deeply disappointing impasse in the U.S. Congress over reforms to the global lender, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- The failure of the U.S. Congress to approve International Monetary Fund reforms diminishes the United States' global standing and is deeply disappointing, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Wednesday.

  • PARIS, April 9- The European Union this week moved a step closer towards the launching of duty-free imports of Ukrainian grains as part of a package of trade benefits to cement Kiev's historic shift away from Russia.

  • *IMF says rich nations' debt still above 100 pct of GDP by 2019. WASHINGTON, April 9- Public debt in the world's richest nations has stabilized after being nearly halved since the global financial crisis, but remains at historic highs as pressure mounts on governments to spend more in the coming years, the IMF said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- The United States on Wednesday urged Germany and other European countries to take seriously the risk that Europe could slip into a dangerous spiral of falling wages and prices. Lew was speaking on the eve of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund, which brings top financial officials from around the world to Washington.

  • G7 ministers to meet Thursday on economy, Ukraine Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    April 9- Finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations will meet on Thursday in Washington to discuss the global economy and the situation in Ukraine, sources said.

  • Firms' debt loads risk for emerging economies -IMF Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    "Debt at risk... is even higher now than in the period following the September 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, and it is well above pre-crisis levels in Asia and in emerging Europe, the Middle East, and Africa," the IMF said in its Global Financial Stability Report.

  • LONDON, April 9- The World Health Organisation wants a "concerted effort" to drive down the cost of new hepatitis C drugs that offer a cure for the liver-destroying virus but are unaffordable for most infected people worldwide.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday predicted the global recovery would strengthen this year and next as output in richer nations picked up, but it warned of rising risks in emerging economies.

  • *IMF raises UK growth forecasts sharply again. LONDON, April 8- Britain got a double boost on Tuesday as its recovery from recession gathered momentum and the International Monetary Fund raised the country's growth forecasts more than for any other major economy.

  • *Biggest increases from Britain, UAE. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is considering changing its definition of what constitutes aid, said states in the Paris- based club doled out $134.8 billion last year.