IMF says Israel-Gaza conflict already having economic costs

WASHINGTON - Israel and Gaza are already facing economic costs from the fighting between them that has raged for the past two weeks, a spokesman from the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

IMF says its board to meet on Ukraine in late August

WASHINGTON - The board of the International Monetary Fund is expected to meet about Ukraine's loan program in late August, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday, which would likely allow the embattled country to receive its next aid disbursement of an expected $1.4 billion.

World, 11:19am EDT

IMF cuts U.S. 2014 growth forecast to 1.7 percent

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said it expects the U.S. economy to grow 1.7 percent in 2014, even more slowly than it predicted a month ago, as weakness in the first quarter offsets an expected pick-up in the second half of the year.

23 Jul 2014

IMF sees decision on $1.4 billion tranche to Ukraine in weeks

KIEV - The International Monetary Fund expects to decide within weeks on issuing the second tranche of a $17-billion bailout to Ukraine, whose economy is likely to contract by 6.5 percent this year, its Kiev mission chief said on Friday.

World, 18 Jul 2014

Renzi struggling to rein in Italy's big-spending state

ROME - Carlo Cottarelli left a high-level job at the International Monetary Fund last year to help the Italian government cut high public spending. Nine months on, the craggy 59-year-old economist and newly minted "spending commissioner" has made little headway.

World, Italy, 13 Jul 2014

IMF package for Ukraine 'not enough', minister says

BRUSSELS - Ukraine's deputy prime minister told international donors on Tuesday that a $17 billion International Monetary Fund bailout was "not enough" because of "unprecedented Russian-inspired aggression".

World, Russia, 08 Jul 2014

IMF's Lagarde hints at world growth forecast cut

AIX-EN-PROVENCE France - Global economic activity should strengthen in the second half of the year and accelerate in 2015, although momentum could be weaker than expected, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Sunday, hinting at a slight cut in the Fund's growth forecasts.

06 Jul 2014

IMF mission visits Ukraine for bailout update

KIEV - An International Monetary Fund mission was due in Kiev on Tuesday to check on Ukraine's progress in implementing tough conditions for a $17 billion bailout, the Fund said.

World, 24 Jun 2014

Euro zone has correct fiscal stance to cut debt, help growth: IMF

LUXEMBOURG - The euro zone's fiscal stance strikes the right balance between reducing debt and bolstering demand, the International Monetary Fund said in a statement on Thursday.

19 Jun 2014

IMF cuts U.S. growth outlook, says full employment years off

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for the United States on Monday and said the economy would not reach full employment until the end of 2017, allowing interest rates to be held near zero for longer than financial markets expect.

16 Jun 2014