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IMF approves $3 billion loan for Egypt

Jun 6, 2011
The International Monetary Fund has agreed to help Egypt pay down its deficit in the wake of the pro-democracy movement -- but the new government will also use the money to boost social spending.
Posted In: Banks

OPEC meeting to discuss unrest in Libya

Jun 3, 2011
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet next week to discuss high oil prices and concerns over future global demand, as well as production cuts in Libya and the continuing turmoil in North Africa.

Natural disasters cause Australia's economy to shrink

Jun 1, 2011
Australia's economy was hit by the biggest fall in 20 years in the first quarter, shrinking by 1.2 percent, after extreme weather struck at home and abroad.

Without nuclear, where will Germany get its power?

May 31, 2011
Following the disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, many countries reconsidered their stance on the safety of nuclear energy. Today, Germany announced plans plans to abandon nuclear energy altogether in the next 11 years. But without nuclear technology, will Germany be able to produce green energy?
Posted In: Environment

Candidate for IMF top job begins 'charm offensive'

May 30, 2011
The French Finance Minister, Christine Lagarde, is in Brazil today in an effort to win support for her bid to head up the International Monetary Fund
Posted In: Banks

Japanese consumers paying more for stuff, and that's a good thing?

May 27, 2011
Japan's consumer prices rose for the first time in over two years in April, due in part to natural disasters and increased fuel prices. But economists say there are some benefits to the news.

Lack of enforcement may negate G8's relevancy

May 26, 2011
The leaders of eight of the world's wealthiest nations have much to discuss at their annual meeting this week, including emerging democracies, nuclear safety and even the Internet. But any statements or pledges that come out of the meeting are not guaranteed, due to a lack of policy enforcement.

Every counterfeit has its thorn

May 25, 2011
Fifty years ago, David Austin combined the old English Rose with modern roses to create a fuller, more fragrant flower. Now, David Austin Jr. is working to protect what is essentially his family's intellectual property rights.
Posted In: Law

Sarkozy hosts Internet summit

May 24, 2011
The world's most powerful Internet titans, including heads from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, are meeting in Paris for a two-day summit hosted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Why do we care who heads the IMF?

May 23, 2011
France's foreign minister is the current favorite to take over as head of the IMF, but with Mexico's nomination of their central bank chief, some emerging economies are pushing for better representation.
Posted In: Banks


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