MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend a Group of 20 summit in the Australian city of Brisbane, Interfax news agency said on Monday, despite calls for the hosts to prevent him attending because of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.
BERLIN - France's Manuel Valls used his first visit to Berlin as prime minister on Monday to try to convince Germany his government is serious about making its economy more competitive, declaring that France "is not the sick child of Europe".
TOKYO - Asian shares skidded on Monday as investors awaited data this week that could provide more evidence of a slowdown in China, while the dollar gave back a little of its recent gains.
CAIRNS Australia - The Group of 20 leading nations say they are tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2 trillion (1.23 trillion British pound) to the global economy and creating millions of new jobs, but Europe's extended stagnation remains a major stumbling block.
(This Sept. 20 story was refiled to correct typo on first reference to finance minister's name in second paragraph)
BRUSSELS - Scotland's rejection of independence and a lack of any fireworks at a Fed meeting last week have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to what some call the "Great Stagnation", and how to avoid it.
CAIRNS - The size of an enhanced capital buffer that the world's top 29 banks could be around 16 percent, and will be disclosed at the G20 leaders' summit in November, European Central Bank Governing Council member Christian Noyer said on Sunday.
BEIJING - China will not dramatically alter its economic policy because of any one economic indicator, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said on Sunday, in remarks that came days after many economists lowered growth forecasts having seen the latest set of weak data.
CAIRNS Australia - Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth, but were divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for more immediate stimulus.
CAIRNS Australia - The Mexican economy is on track to achieve the government's growth forecast of 2.7 percent for 2014, deputy finance minister Fernando Aportela said on Saturday.