Portugal court partially approves government austerity measures

LISBON - Portugal's constitutional court gave the government on Thursday more leeway to cut the budget deficit by approving, in part, austerity measures included in an IMF/EU bailout that Lisbon exited in May.

Bulgaria asks IMF for financial system review after bank woes

SOFIA - Bulgaria's central bank has asked the International Monetary Fund to carry out an in-depth review of the Balkan country's financial sector following its worst banking crisis since the 1990s, it said on Friday.

Business, 08 Aug 2014

Ukraine expects IMF decision on $1.4 billion tranche on Aug 29

KIEV - Ukraine expects that a decision on disbursement of a second $1.4 billion tranche of aid by the International Monetary Fund under a $17 billion loan programme will be adopted on Aug. 29, Central Bank chief Valeria Hontareva said on Friday.

World, 08 Aug 2014

Greece passes reform bill to unlock billion-euro aid tranche

ATHENS - Greek lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday with a series of reforms to pave the way for the next, one-billion-euros (£771.62-million) tranche of loans under the country's EU/IMF bailout.

Business, 06 Aug 2014

Ukrainian parliament approves budget amendments

KIEV - Ukrainian parliament approved budget amendments on Thursday that were requested by the government to increase army financing and keep an International Monetary Fund bailout deal afloat, the speaker of the assembly, Oleksander Turchinov, said.

World, 31 Jul 2014

China should set less ambitious 2015 growth target, refrain from stimulus - IMF

BEIJING - China should set an economic growth target of 6.5-7 percent for 2015 and refrain from stimulus measures unless the economy threatens to slow sharply from that level, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

Business, 31 Jul 2014

IMF's Lagarde says Ukraine program may change if conflict lasts

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund's $17 billion (10.03 billion pounds) loan programme for Ukraine may have to be revised if the country's conflict in its eastern regions continues for much longer, the head of the IMF said without specifying further.

World, 29 Jul 2014

IMF warns of potential risks to global growth

WASHINGTON - Sharply higher interest rates around the world could combine with weaker growth in emerging markets to slice as much as 2 percentage points off global growth in the next five years, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

Business, 29 Jul 2014

Ireland says IMF backs its plans to refinance loans

DUBLIN - The IMF is in favour of Ireland refinancing its bailout loans and Dublin would like to begin the process this year if it can get agreement in Europe, finance minister Michael Noonan said on Monday.

Business, 28 Jul 2014

IMF says UK interest rates should stay low for now

LONDON - The Bank of England won backing from the International Monetary Fund on Monday for keeping interest rates low, even as the IMF welcomed signs that Britain's surprisingly strong economic recovery is broadening.

Business, UK, 28 Jul 2014