Putin plans to attend G20 summit in Australia - agency cites Kremlin's spokesman


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.

Valls tells Germans France isn't EU's 'sick child'

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".

Business, 2:56pm BST

Asian shares slip, dollar pulls away from highs

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.

Business, FXpert, 3:32am BST

G20 says nearing growth goal, but more needed from Europe

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.

Business, 21 Sep 2014

Canada finance minister says G20 near growth target, wants more from Europe

(This Sept. 20 story was refiled to correct typo on first reference to finance minister's name in second paragraph)

Business, 21 Sep 2014

Relief over Scotland gives way to 'Great Stagnation' worries

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.

Business, 21 Sep 2014

ECB's Noyer: capital buffer for top banks could be around 16 percent

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.

Business, 21 Sep 2014

China says will not alter policy because of one economic indicator

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.

Business, 21 Sep 2014

As G20 chases growth goal, members differ on how to get there

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.

Business, 20 Sep 2014

Mexico set to achieve 2.7 percent growth for 2014: Deputy Finance Minister

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.

Business, 20 Sep 2014