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IMF Releases $250 mn of Sri Lanka Loan, Seeks Airline Shake-Up

The International Monetary Fund announced the release of the latest instalment of Sri Lanka's $1.5 billion bailout on Saturday, but warned that restructuring the loss-making national airline was essential to sustain economic recovery.

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US Commerce Secretary in China for Talks to Avoid Trade War

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived in Beijing Saturday for talks aiming to ease tensions over tariffs that have heightened fears of a trade war between the world's two biggest economies, Chinese state media said.

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Macron Tells Trump US Tariffs are 'Illegal', EU Will Respond

Emmanuel Macron told Donald Trump late Thursday that tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the European Union were "illegal" and that the EU would respond in a "firm and proportionate manner", the Elysee Palace said.

The phone call between the French president and his US counterpart came after the US announced the steep metals tariffs would be imposed on the European Union, Canada and Mexico as of midnight (0400 GMT Friday).

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Canada hits US With Billions in Retaliatory Tariffs in Steel Row

Canada hit back at steep US tariffs on aluminum and steel on Thursday, announcing retaliatory duties on up to Can$16.6 billion (US$12.8 billion) in American imports.

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Moody's Puts Italian Banks and Companies on Ratings Watch

Moody's on Wednesday placed a dozen Italian banks and several major companies on negative ratings watch, as the country's political problems drag on.

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Escalating Trade Battle Embroils G7 Finance Meet

Amid threats of imminent tariffs on metals and auto imports, escalating trade tensions between Europe and the United States were casting a shadow over a meeting of finance ministers from the world's top economies.

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Iran Sanctions Shadow Falls on Smaller German Banks

Germany's biggest lenders have shied away from business with Iran after past penalties for breaching US sanctions, but smaller banks have leapt on opportunities afforded by the nuclear deal rejected by Donald Trump.

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Greece in Strike Standstill over Bailout Reforms

A 24-hour strike wave hit transports and services in Greece on Wednesday with unions protesting against a new round of reforms linked to the country's concluding third bailout.

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Surging Dollar Hits Some Emerging Economies

The strengthening of the dollar amid Federal Reserve interest rate hikes has sharpened pressure on some emerging economies as investors steer funds to the United States.

Funds dedicated to emerging economy equity and debt saw withdrawals of $569 million and $253 million during the week of May 23, according to data firm EPFR Global.

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Azerbaijan Inaugurates $40 Billion European Gas Pipeline

Azerbaijan inaugurated on Tuesday part of a pipeline complex that will eventually create the first direct route to transport Caspian gas from one of the world's largest fields to Europe bypassing Russia.

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