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Finance officials pledge to combat global economic slowdown

Oct. 19, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials wrapped up their fall meetings on Saturday with a pledge to "employ all appropriate tools" to combat the weakest global growth in a decade, but there was little evidence of progress in easing trade tensions, a major source of the slowdown. The policy-setting...

IMF, World Bank leaders appeal for an end to trade wars

Oct. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank appealed to their 189 member countries on Friday to resolve widening disagreements on trade and other issues, warning that the divisions threaten to worsen the impact of a global slowdown. The IMF's managing director,...

IMF head says more needed to boost growth than US-China deal

Oct. 17, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund's new leader said Thursday that a trade truce between the United States and China could trim expected losses to the world economy but won't be enough to produce strong global growth. Before last week's tentative trade agreement, the IMF had estimated that...

US-China trade war weighing on world's growth, IMF says

Oct. 17, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

The global economy is slowing, largely because of the U.S. trade war with China, according to the 189-member International Monetary Fund. The Washington-based institution is the world's lender of last resort, providing emergency loans when countries face financial crisis. In its latest forecast the IMF blamed...

After ending protests, Ecuador faces dire economic outlook

Oct. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno survived the toughest political crisis of his presidency by negotiating an end to indigenous anti-austerity protests. Now he faces an even tougher challenge. Ten years of populist rule and a drop in oil prices have left Ecuador with a $64 billion public...

IMF downgrades outlook for world economy, citing trade wars

Oct. 15, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is further downgrading its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth this year will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis, primarily because of widening global conflicts. The IMF's latest World Economic Outlook released Tuesday foresees...

IMF welcomes attempt to resolve dispute in Ecuador

Oct. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday it welcomes the decision by Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno to cancel an austerity package following more than a week of protests. Gita Gopinath, IMF's chief economist, said the agency welcomes the attempt "to bring in all stakeholders...

UK labor market weakening amid Brexit uncertainty

Oct. 15, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Brexit uncertainty appears to be finally affecting Britain's labor market, which has been resilient over the past three years in spite of a slowdown in economic growth. With the scheduled Brexit deadline of Oct. 31 looming, it's increasingly clear that firms are beginning to hold back on...

Ecuador indigenous, president strike deal to end protests

Oct. 13, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno and leaders of Ecuador's indigenous peoples struck a deal late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead.  Under the agreement announced just before 10...

A look at who's who in Ecuador's deadly political crisis

Oct. 11, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

Over a week of deadly unrest has plunged Ecuador into crisis, with clashes, looting, blockades, hundreds of arrests, a state of emergency declaration, stalled economic activity and government operations moved out of the capital. The protests erupted over an end to subsidies that kept fuel prices low, while...