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  • KAZAKHSTAN RAISED GOLD HOLDINGS BY 3.2 TONNES TO 213.5 TONNES IN SEPT- IMF DATA.

  • BELARUS LOWERED GOLD HOLDINGS BY 2.97 TONNES TO 44.17 TONNES IN SEPT- IMF DATA.

  • Russian food trade officials seek EU help on fraud Monday, 26 Oct 2015 | 1:56 PM ET

    EU officials played down the significance of the meeting, which they said Moscow had requested to seek EU cooperation to combat fraudulent labelling of food exports to Russia designed to circumvent Russian bans on imports from the European Union. Responding to sanctions imposed by the EU, United States and other powers over Moscow's seizure of territory...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 26- The European Central Bank says it wants euro zone countries to stir up growth with structural reforms, but its own money printing plans have taken the pressure off politicians for action, leaving European Union rules to drive often unpopular change. And although the EU toughened up those rules during the sovereign debt crisis, the European...

  • GENEVA, Oct 26- The benefits of a treaty that will cut red tape at borders and standardize customs procedures are much larger than previously thought and could add $3.6 trillion to annual global exports, the World Trade Organization said in a report on Monday. The WTO's trade facilitation agreement, struck at a ministerial conference in Bali in December 2013,...

  • Global oil prices have more than halved since June 2014 on rising U.S. shale oil output and as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries decided not to cut production and instead defend market share. "It will be a great mistake to index our attention to oil security to the oil price trajectory in the short term," Fatih Birol, executive...

  • BRUSSELS/ WASHINGTON, Oct 25- International Monetary Fund staff are set to give the all-clear for China's yuan to be included in the lender's benchmark currency basket, laying the groundwork for a favorable decision by policymakers, people familiar with the discussions said on Sunday. Two other officials said staff would recommend the yuan join the basket,...

  • Bacon's as bad as asbestos? WHO thinks so: Report Saturday, 24 Oct 2015 | 9:50 AM ET
    Schmacon: It’s bacon, without the pork.

    The WHO is expected to list bacon alongside a list of cancer causing agents, The Daily Mail reported.

  • *Romania could be without IMF deal for first time since 2009. *IMF warns Romania on maintaining economic progress. BUCHAREST, Oct 23- The prospects of Romania lining up a new aid deal led by the International Monetary Fund are dimming, and the country risks backsliding on commitments to run tight budget deficits and implement structural reforms.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- Growth in major economies could be boosted significantly by increasing the number of women in the workforce and closing gender gaps in health and education, the International Monetary Fund said in a paper released on Thursday. If the United States improved to the level of top-ranked Slovenia, that could push the economy to grow nearly 2.5...

  • OPEC nations plan to join UN climate drive Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    *Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria plan climate plans. BONN, Germany Oct 22- OPEC members Iran and Saudi Arabia, the top greenhouse gas emitters yet to submit national strategies for tackling climate change, say they will do so before a U.N. summit in December in a sign of widening participation even by oil producers. At a final round of U.N. talks in Germany to prepare the deal,...

  • LONDON, Oct 22- A prominent campaigner for a British exit from the European Union accused Bank of England Governor Mark Carney of venturing into politics after the central bank chief delivered an upbeat assessment of Britain's EU membership. Ahead of a referendum on whether to leave the EU that Prime Minister David Cameron has promised by the end of 2017,...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 22- Exchanging traditional currency for the digital currency bitcoin online should be exempt from consumption taxes just like other transactions of banknotes and coins, the European Court of Justice said on Thursday. Europe's highest court ruled in response to a request by Swedish tax authorities, who had argued bitcoin transactions should...

  • As China weakens, recession stalks North Asia Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | 7:48 PM ET

    *Japan Sept shipments to China down 3.5 pct. As China undergoes a painful rebalancing of an economy that accounts for 16 percent of global GDP- up from below a tenth a decade ago- the International Monetary Fund predicts 5.5 percent growth this year for a region that also includes export powerhouses Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. "Without a doubt, as long as...

  • *No OPEC, non- OPEC output cuts discussed- delegates. Venezuela's Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino presented his country's proposals for measures to bolster prices, such as an OPEC and non- OPEC summit and said the market equilibrium price for crude was around $88 a barrel. Non- OPEC producers have refused to work with OPEC in cutting supply to reduce a surplus that has...

  • *Russia central bank's next policy meeting on Oct. 30. "It's very important that the central bank does not rush into decreasing rates before actually making sure that expectations around inflation are anchored," the IMF's Russia representative, Gabriel Di Bella, told an Association of European Businesses briefing in Moscow. Curbing inflation expectations has...

  • VIENNA, Oct 21- A meeting on Wednesday of oil experts from OPEC and non-member countries aimed at tackling the market's decline yielded no discussion of possible production cuts by nations inside or outside the exporter group, delegates from OPEC and Russia said.

  • VIENNA, Oct 21- A meeting of oil experts from OPEC and non-member countries aimed at addressing the market's decline drew thin attendance from outside the exporter group on Wednesday, with only five non- OPEC nations present. "There will be an exchange of views, discussion of the market and the OPEC secretariat's presentation, but I don't think there will be an...

  • *Trading houses expect OPEC to keep focus on market share. LONDON, Oct 21- Saudi Arabia and the other big Middle East oil producers in OPEC will keep pumping hard to build market share despite mounting over-supply that has brought prices to six-year lows, the world's top traders say. Caracas has proposed that the cartel, source of more than a third of the world's oil,...

  • EU executive proposes single euro zone seat at IMF Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | 7:44 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 21- The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to merge euro zone representation at the International Monetary Fund into a single seat over the next 10 years to give the single currency area more clout. The 19 countries in the euro zone have 23 percent of shares in the IMF, but because they often do not speak with one voice, their weight counts less...