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Romania may seek new arrangement with IMF after deal expires: PM BUCHAREST: Romania could negotiate a new type of arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) once its standby aid deal expires next year, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Wednesday.The IMF came to Romania's rescue in 2009 after a real estate bubble burst and plunged the eastern European country into economic turmoil. In a series of deals since then, Romania was nudged into cutting its fiscal deficit and make reforms, and some investors are jittery about Romania cutting itself loose from the IMF.A new agreement could mean a flexible credit line, which the IMF created in 2009 for countries with good economic track records. That would come with fewer conditions than the quarterly reviews Romania has had to pass to keep its standby precautionary aid deals going.Poland took a flexible credit line from the IMF in 2009 and renewed it for two more years in January 2013."If we succeed to ...

British unemployment rate steady at 6.0pc LONDON: Britain's unemployment rate has remained at a five-year low of 6.0 percent while wages are rising, official data showed on Wednesday.The rate for the July-September period compares with 6.2 percent for the three months to the end of October, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement.The number of unemployed meanwhile dropped by 455,000 to 1.96 million, the ONS added.Wages excluding bonuses rose 1.4 percent in the reporting period. Britain's economy is outperforming ...

Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva GENEVA: World powers resumed negotiations with Iran on Wednesday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, more than three weeks after they last met and gave themselves another seven months to strike a deal.Political directors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany -- the so-called P5+1 -- are holding a one-day meeting in Geneva with the Iranians, mediated by the European Union.An EU spokeswoman in the Swiss city told AFP the talks ...

Britain pledges more support for children affected by Ebola ISLAMABAD: Britain has pledged a 2.5 million pounds (3.93 million US dollars) fund to help children affected by Ebola.The Department for International Development of the United Kingdom said the fund will go to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.The announcement followed a trip by department secretary Justine Greening to Sierra Leone, Xinhua reported."Ebola not only takes people's lives, it leaves children without families and survivors facing rejection from their communities. Our work will ensure ...

Eleven dead in vigilante shootout in western Mexico MEXICO CITY: A shootout between rival vigilantes in Mexico's western Michoacan state has left 11 dead, authorities said on Tuesday, in the clearest sign yet of renewed unrest in an area President Enrique Pena Nieto's government said had been pacified.The federal government's security commissioner for the state, Alfredo Castillo, told reporters the clash pitted two rival vigilante groups against each another in the town of La Ruana, about 150 miles (241 km) from Morelia, the ...

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders MOSCOW: Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phone call early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.The telephone conversation came after the White House confirmed that US President Barack Obama will sign into law fresh sanctions against Russia.The Kremlin said in a statement that the leaders "continued discussion of the crisis situation in ...

Philippine Q4 growth will likely be better than Q3 MANILA: Philippine economic growth in the last three months of the year will likely be better than the third quarter, Socieconomic Planning Chief Arsenio Balisacan said on Wednesday, citing positive results of the latest business and consumer confidence surveys.Balisacan also said the economic impact of typhoon Hagupit, which damaged more than 1 billion pesos ($22.36 million) worth of crops and farm-related infrastructure, will be "negligible."Annual growth in the September quarter was 5.3 percent. Manila has ...


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