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  • MOSCOW, May 21- The International Monetary Fund sees the Russian economy shrinking by 3.4 percent in 2015, a smaller contraction than previously forecast, but said the country's public finances faced big longer-term challenges because of low oil prices. Russia's economy was tipped into crisis last summer when an existing slowdown was compounded by a sharp...

  • GENEVA, May 21- Japan launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization on Thursday to challenge South Korea's import bans and additional testing requirements for Japanese food after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the WTO said. Japan says several measures taken by South Korea violate the WTO's sanitary and phyto-sanitary agreement and Seoul...

  • *Britain says has no power to enforce the rules. LONDON, May 21- Banks should provide customers with the means to create one-off passwords from August to make buying over the Internet safer, European Union banking regulators said on Thursday. The European Banking Authority announced details of its plans over the coming years to make e-commerce safer, breaking...

  • LONDON, May 20- The European Union risks pricing itself out of the global economy by excessive regulation, British finance minister George Osborne said on Wednesday, making the case for reforms in the bloc ahead of a referendum on whether Britain remains a member. Osborne was addressing business leaders in London in one of his first major speeches after an...

  • BRUSSELS, May 20- Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said. EU member states are negotiating an overhaul of the bloc's outdated privacy laws in a bid to make them more harmonised and...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Greek warning knocks euro, stocks steady Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:12 PM ET

    *Greece won't make June 5 IMF repayment without deal-official. Treasuries inched up on safe-haven buying caused by worries that Greece may be unable to make a 300 million euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders distribute more aid. The Greek parliamentary speaker said Athens will not make the June 5 payment unless it...

  • COLUMN-How do you lose 100 million barrels of oil? Kemp Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    LONDON, May 20- Oil-market watchers are struggling to reconcile the large estimated oversupply in the market with the much smaller buildup of reported inventories and narrowing contango in futures prices. Stockpiles should have increased by between 200 million and 350 million barrels, according to the International Energy Agency, OPEC and the U.S. Energy...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro slips on Greek worries, stocks steady Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    *Greece won't make June 5 IMF repayment without deal-official. Treasuries inched up on safe-haven buying caused by worries that Greece may be unable to make a 300 million euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders distribute more aid. The Greek government's parliamentary speaker said on Wednesday that Athens will not...

  • *Greece mulls banking transaction tax- sources. ATHENS, May 20- Greece cannot make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens it is on the verge of default. Talks between Greece and its lenders have foundered on Athens'...

  • EU lawmakers seek ban on "blood metals" in surprise vote Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 9:12 AM ET

    The result is set to paralyse the bill because European Union governments say firms across the 28 EU countries cannot track materials from small mines all the way through commodity exchanges to component manufacturers and the final product. Greens, centre-left and protest lawmakers from the far-left and far-right gained critical mass in the vote to...

  • LONDON, May 20- The euro slid to a two-week low and a rally in European shares stalled on Wednesday after a Greek official said the country may not make an upcoming repayment to the International Monetary Fund. "With Greek government liquidity particularly tight and reports suggesting the IMF payment on June 5th is under question, then we expect further turmoil...

  • *Middle East crude flows to China down over 10 pct since January. BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, May 20- Saudi Arabia and its main Middle East OPEC partners are turning down Chinese requests for extra oil as they hold back fuel for their own refineries just as demand from the world's biggest crude importer hits new records. Reuters pricing and trade flow data show a 40 percent...

  • LONDON, May 20- The euro slid to a two-week low and a rally in European shares stalled on Wednesday after a Greek official said the country may not make an upcoming repayment to the International Monetary Fund. The pause in European shares mirrored the sticky performance of Asian bourses, although the Nikkei in Tokyo jumped to a 15- year high after Japan posted...

  • ATHENS, May 20- Greece will not be able to make a payment to the International Monetary Fund that falls due on June 5 without a deal with its international lenders, the government's parliamentary speaker said on Wednesday. Athens faces several payments totaling about 1.5 billion euros to the IMF next month and is in talks with the European Union and the...

  • Euro hits 2-week low on anxiety over Greek debt Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:19 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, May 20- The euro fell on Wednesday after the Greek government's parliamentary speaker said Greece will not make a repayment to the International Monetary Fund that falls due on June 5 if there is no deal with its creditors by then. The euro extended its losses and hit a two-week low near $1.1092 at one point. It last traded at $1.1103, down 0.4 percent on...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to June 1 Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    ANKARA- Central bank of Turkey to hold monthly monetary policy committee meeting. PRAGUE- International Monetary Fund holds a press conference at the end of its annual mission to the Czech Republic- 1315 GMT. BRASILIA- International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde visits Brazil to participate in a central bank seminar about inflation targeting.

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The International Monetary Fund is making "some" progress in discussions with Greece over an aid agreement, but it must also consider the views of the broader international community, the head of the institution said on Tuesday. Greece and its international creditors are trying to reach a deal that would keep Athens from running out of money in...

  • IMF says making 'some' progress in Greece talks Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 19- The International Monetary Fund is making "some" progress in discussions with Greek officials over an aid agreement, but the IMF must also consider the views of the broader international community, the head of the financial institution said on Tuesday.

  • U.S. Congress moving closer to passing IMF reforms -Lew Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 19- The U.S. Congress is moving closer to approving IMF reforms, and lawmakers are now trying to find the best timing and vehicle for getting the historic legislation passed, U.S. U.S. foot-dragging on reforms to the institution has blocked changes meant to give more voting power to emerging economies like China and India, frustrating countries...

  • May 19- Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and then give voters an in-out referendum on European Union membership by the end of 2017.. As Vodafone, we are convinced that for our shareholders, our customers and the company itself, it would be good to stay in Europe and it would be good to support the creation of a single...