Japan Aso: Told G20 that Japan's economy in good shape


TOKYO - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Wednesday that he explained to his Group of 20 counterparts in Washington that Japan's economy is in good shape due to improving wages and business sentiment.

Turkey accuses Twitter of 'tax evasion', calls for local office

ISTANBUL - Turkey urged executives from Twitter to open an office and start paying Turkish tax on Monday in the first direct talks since a two-week ban imposed on the site as the government battled a corruption scandal. | Video

World, Middle East, 14 Apr 2014

BG Group's Singapore trading move seen cutting big UK tax bill

LONDON - When BG Group Plc announced last week it was shifting the headquarters of its oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading operation to Singapore from Britain, it said the aim was to get closer to its customers.

Business, UK, 14 Apr 2014

BOJ Kuroda's meeting with PM Abe won't alter policy stance - sources

TOKYO - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will revive their regular meetings this month, people familiar with the matter said, in a sign the government may be concerned about recent stock market declines and an uptick in the yen.

Business, Japan 14 Apr 2014

Reforms to IMF hit serious deadlock - G20 official

WASHINGTON - Reforms to the International Monetary Fund have hit a deadlock despite a declaration from global financial chiefs that they would move forward without the United States if it fails to ratify the changes by year-end, a G20 official said on Sunday.

Business, IMF, World 13 Apr 2014

Tensions over money flows bode poorly for global economy

WASHINGTON - For a bunch of people who just agreed the global economy is doing better, top officials from the world's rich and poor nations sound rather worried.

Business, 13 Apr 2014

Australia says progress towards G20 growth target 'unacceptable'

PERTH, Australia, April 13 - Slow progress towards meeting economic growth targets set by the Group of 20 bloc of advanced and developing nations this year is "unacceptable", Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Sunday.

Business, World, 13 Apr 2014

China backs aid for Ukraine, worried by IMF funding capacity

WASHINGTON - China said on Saturday it backed IMF financial support for Ukraine, but expressed concern about the global lender's funding capacity given the failure of the U.S. Congress to ratify a program of reforms for the institution.

World, IMF 12 Apr 2014

G20 gives U.S. year-end deadline for IMF reforms

WASHINGTON - Finance chiefs from around the globe on Friday gave the United States until year-end to ratify long-delayed reforms to the International Monetary Fund and threatened to move forward without it if it fails to do so. | Video

Business, IMF 12 Apr 2014

G20 eyeing fallout from Ukraine; pushes U.S. on IMF reforms

WASHINGTON - The world's top economies are monitoring the economic situation in Ukraine for any fallout that may pose risks to economic and financial stability, the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers said on Friday in a final communique.

World, IMF 11 Apr 2014