ECB's Praet - give euro zone a seat at IMF


BERLIN - The euro zone should have its own single representation at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank's chief economist said on Monday, a call which may encounter resistance around the bloc.

IMF cuts Italy growth outlook, hikes deficit, debt

ROME - Italy's economy will shrink in 2014 for a third year running, while the public debt will continue to rise, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday, calling on Matteo Renzi's government to follow through on promised reforms.

Business, 18 Sep 2014

IMF warns of risks from 'excessive' financial market bets

WASHINGTON - The global economy faces a growing risk from big financial market bets that could quickly unravel if investors get spooked by geopolitical tensions or a shift in U.S. interest rate policy, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Business, 17 Sep 2014

IMF proposes $127 million for three Ebola-hit countries in West Africa

WASHINGTON - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could receive an additional $127 million from the International Monetary Fund to help them deal with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the IMF said on Wednesday.

UK, Africa, 17 Sep 2014

Bosnia can't meet IMF terms for new funds before October vote - PM

SARAJEVO - Bosnia's governments are unlikely to meet the terms set by the International Monetary Fund for getting new funds, Prime Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda said on Wednesday, because they will campaigning for October's general election.

Business, 17 Sep 2014

Ireland likely to use cash to pay off some IMF loans - minister

WEXFORD Ireland - Ireland will likely use cash reserves to repay some of around 18 billion euros of loans to the International Monetary Fund in a bid to cut its interest bill, the country's Spending Minister said on Monday.

Business, 15 Sep 2014

Ukraine to borrow 200 million Canadian dollars in 2014

KIEV - Ukraine, which expects a total $7.6 billion in IMF loans in 2014, plans to borrow an additional 200 million Canadian dollars (£111.1 million) later this year, the government said on Monday.

World, 15 Sep 2014

Euro zone ministers back Ireland's plan to repay IMF loan early

MILAN - Euro zone finance ministers on Friday backed Ireland's plan to repay part of its 2010 bailout package early, making it likely that Dublin can start paying some 18 billion euros (14.31 billion pounds) of loans from the International Monetary Fund by the end of the year.

Business, 12 Sep 2014

IMF's Lagarde says empowerment of women essential for Japan's growth

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's targets for empowering women, a key part of his economic growth strategy, could add substantially to annual growth if met, International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde said on Friday.

World, Japan, 12 Sep 2014

IMF says markets could fall if Scotland votes to leave UK

WASHINGTON - A decision by Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom next week could prompt negative market reaction in the short-term due to uncertainty over the country's future economic policies, the IMF said on Thursday.

UK, 11 Sep 2014