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IMF team in Cairo next week to review third instalment of $12-billion loan

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CAIRO A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Cairo next Tuesday to review Egypt's progress on economic reforms before it disperses the third instalment of a $12-billion (£9.1 billion) loan programme, the Finance Ministry said.

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