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*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.
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.
"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.
BRUSSELS, April 7- A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects. A lot of it seems very encouraging, "said Tom Breeze, a specialist in bees at the University of Reading in Britain said.
*IMF raises UK growth forecasts sharply again. LONDON, April 8- Britain got a double boost on Tuesday as its recovery from recession gathered more momentum and the International Monetary Fund raised the country's growth forecasts by more than for any other major economy.
IMF URGES RUSSIA TO RELY ON ROUBLE EXCHANGE RATE FLEXIBILITY WHILE AVOIDING EXCESSIVE VOLATILITY, CALLS FOR POLICY FOCUSED ON ANCHORING INFLATION.
IMF CUTS RUSSIA'S 2014 GDP GROWTH FORECAST TO 1.3 PCT FROM 2 PCT, SEES DOWNSIDE RISK FOLLOWING RUSSIA'S TAKEOVER OF CRIMEA.
MOSCOW, April 8- The International Monetary Fund cut its 2014 economic growth forecast for Russia by two-thirds on Tuesday and warned that downside risks remain on geopolitical uncertainties after Moscow's takeover of Crimea.
WASHINGTON, April 8- The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday predicted the global recovery would strengthen this year as output in richer nations picked up, but it warned of rising risks in emerging economies.
OECD LEADING INDICATOR FOR FEBRUARY FLAGS POSITIVE GROWTH OUTLOOK FOR ADVANCED ECONOMIES, WEAKENING GROWTH IN EMERGING ECONOMIES.
MOSCOW/ BRUSSELS April 8- The world's financial leaders are likely to discuss possible risks to Europe's economy from the crisis in Ukraine, but there are no plans to mention it in the final document from their Washington meeting, two G20 officials said.
At midnight a deadline expires for Ukraine to reduce the $2.2 billion debt it owes Moscow for natural gas deliveries. So far Ukraine has offered no payments, Moscow says, raising the risk of supply disruption, with possible knock-on effects for the European Union.
LONDON, April 7- Ukraine is in emergency talks with the European Union on importing natural gas from the West following a leap in the price it pays for Russian supplies and a crisis in relations between Kiev and Moscow. Most of Europe's gas pipelines were designed to only send gas in one direction, for instance from Russia westward through Ukraine and into the EU.
LONDON, April 7- The oil market has rarely been so quiet. Benchmark Brent has traded in a narrow range of $5 either side of $110 per barrel since the summer of 2012.. Oil prices have rarely been so stable for so long since the 1973 oil shock ended the long period of calm in the 1950 s and 1960 s and ushered in the era of OPEC dominance.
SINGAPORE, April 7- The World Bank trimmed its 2014 growth forecast for developing East Asia but said the region's economies were likely to see steady growth in the next couple of years, helped by a pick-up in global growth and trade.