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  • FRANKFURT, April 3- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi swatted away suggestions from the International Monetary Fund that his bank should ease monetary policy further on Thursday, questioning the timing of the Fund's most recent comments.

  • BENGHAZI, Libya, April 3- Libya's El Sharara and El Feel oilfields in the southwest of the OPEC producer are still closed by protests, acting Oil Minister Omar Shakmak said on Thursday. A pipeline from the Wafa field to the western Mellitah oil port was also still blocked by protests, Shakmak told reporters in the eastern city of Benghazi.

  • "The time for experimentation, for marginal changes and for conditional response is now over," Christiana Figueres told the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association in a speech in London.

  • *Athens sees full market return in 2016. *Athens could tap markets a second time this year. The Eurogroup of finance ministers met in Athens this week, attracting about 5,000 protesters who denounced the latest measures agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to try to make the economy more competitive.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The number of conditions the International Monetary Fund attaches to its loans has grown in recent years, despite promises to limit what critics see as onerous requirements, a study showed on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The head of the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday called on the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy to move prices higher, saying "low-flation" in advanced economies risked undercutting an already sluggish global recovery.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The European Central Bank should ease monetary policy to combat dangerously low inflation that could crimp euro zone output and consumer spending, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • IMF's Lagarde calls on ECB to ease monetary policy Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 2- The European Central Bank should ease monetary policy to combat the risk of "low-flation" that could crimp euro zone output and consumer spending, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- The number of conditions the International Monetary Fund attaches to its loans has grown in recent years, despite promises to limit what critics see as onerous requirements, according to a study released on Wednesday. Eurodad looked at the period from October 2011 to August 2013, covering 23 loans.

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- The World Bank plans to increase its funds for development by around 40 percent per year over the next decade as part of its first major realignment since 1997, the institution's president said on Tuesday.

  • *Supply falls by 340,000 bpd, led by Iraq, Angola, Libya. Supply from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries averaged 29.72 million barrels per day, down from a revised 30.06 million bpd in February, according to the survey based on shipping data and information from sources at oil companies, OPEC and consultants.

  • WARSAW, April 1- Poland opened its first gas link from the West on Tuesday as part of a European Union drive to ensure greater supply security that has taken on new urgency after Russia annexed Crimea and reignited fears about deliveries to Europe.

  • *Supply falls by 340,000 bpd, led by Iraq, Angola, Libya. Supply from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries averaged 29.72 million barrels per day, down from a revised 30.06 million bpd in February, according to the survey based on shipping data and information from sources at oil companies, OPEC and consultants.

  • *China growth revised down to 7.5 pct in 2014, 7.4 in 2015. MANILA, April 1- Developing Asia is poised to sustain its current growth momentum and is well positioned to manage risks coming from a slightly slower Chinese economy and possible uneven demand from major industrialised nations, the Asian Development Bank said.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- Top banks around the world benefit from an assumption that governments will rescue them during a panic, despite regulations meant to reduce the need for future bailouts, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Monday.

  • China's Xi wins EU pledge to consider free-trade deal Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    *EU, China seek to put aside trade tensions. BRUSSELS, March 31- Chinese President Xi Jinping won a promise from the European Union on Monday to consider a multi-billion-dollar free-trade deal with his country, a long-held goal for Beijing which divides Europe. Both China and the EU have something to gain from increased trade.

  • IMF- BELIEVES ECB HAS ROOM FOR BOTH CONVENTIONAL AND UNCONVENTIONAL POLICY EASING MEASURES.

  • IMF- WILL CONSIDER DEBT ISSUE AND HOW TO MAKE PROGRESS IN GREECE AFTER SUMMER.

  • IMF EUROPE HEAD HOPES FIRST AID DISBURSEMENT TO UKRAINE COULD TAKE PLACE IN APRIL.

  • LONDON, March 31- The International Monetary Fund should be ready to hand Ukraine the first $3 billion of a new aid package next month, the Fund's top European official said on Monday, drawing a line under two failed programmes with the country in recent years.