IMF, Ukraine fail to reach pact on next bailout tranche

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund said Friday it had productive discussions with officials in Ukraine this week, but failed to reach an agreement that would pave the way for Kiev to receive its next bailout tranche next month.

Lagarde says IMF to discuss moving on voting reforms without Washington

WASHINGTON - The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday the global lender was ready to discuss ways to move forward without the United States on reforms that would give emerging markets greater IMF voting power.

Business, 12 Dec 2014

Global shares take heart from oil bounce, dollar capped

LONDON - Stock markets recovered from their latest bout of oil and growth-related trauma on Tuesday, helped by promises from U.S. policymakers and the head of the IMF that lower fuel costs would boost the world economy.

Business, 02 Dec 2014

IMF says lower oil prices positive for global economy

WASHINGTON - Falling oil prices are positive for the global economy as a whole, though they may hurt individual commodity exporters, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday.

Business, Economy, 02 Dec 2014

Ukraine's PM says main task is to build army to stop Russia

KIEV - Ukraine's top priority is to build an army strong enough to stop Russian military aggression, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday, as he made recommendations for top positions in a new coalition government.

World, 14 Nov 2014

U.S. urges IMF to cancel debt of Ebola-stricken countries

WASHINGTON - The United States on Tuesday proposed that the International Monetary Fund write off some $100 million in debt it is owed by Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to free up more resources for those countries, the hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.

World, 12 Nov 2014

IMF, U.S. encourage ECB, Japan monetary stimulus

PARIS - The International Monetary Fund and the United States encouraged the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan toward greater monetary stimulus on Friday and urged governments around the world to do their share to cultivate growth in their countries.

Business, Japan 08 Nov 2014

IMF gave richer countries wrong austerity advice after crisis - watchdog

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund ignored its own research and pushed too early for richer countries to trim budgets after the global financial crisis, the IMF's internal auditor said on Tuesday.

Business, 04 Nov 2014

IMF says Singapore's foreign worker curbs could hurt competitiveness, growth

SINGAPORE - Singapore's plans to cut reliance on foreign workers could reduce its competitiveness and growth potential while keeping core inflation elevated, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Saturday.

Business, 18 Oct 2014

Markets are in correction, perhaps over-reacting - IMF's Lagarde

PARIS - World financial market turbulence this week looks to be a simple correction, International Monetary Fund chief Christian Lagarde told a conference in Paris on Friday.

Business, 17 Oct 2014