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China industrial activity shrinks in December

Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing.

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Lebanon mulls boosting $800m stimulus

Lebanon is considering increasing an $800 million economic stimulus package allocated for this year because most of the funds have already been used up, the central bank governor said on Wednesday.   The war in n

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Brent steady under $109, set for 2nd weekly loss

Brent nudged higher to hover just under $109 a barrel on Friday, but was set to post a second straight weekly fall on easing Ukraine tensions and ample supply.   Optimism that monetary stimulus in the euro zone w

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Spain to unveil $8.6bn stimulus plan

Spain's prime minister said his government will unveil a stimulus package worth 6.3 billion euros ($8.6 billion) to boost competitiveness. In another sign that the country is emerging from five years of economic hardship, Mari

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IMF tells world to do more on growth 'marathon'

The International Monetary Fund has urged nations around the world to move ahead more quickly on policies needed to secure a stronger recovery and avoid a prolonged global slump. In a "Global Policy Agenda" for the world

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Yellen: Fed on track to trim stimulus

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday the US central bank was on track to keep reducing its policy stimulus, even as she acknowledged the labor market recovery was "far from complete." In her first public co

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Egypt unveils $4.9bn stimulus package

Egypt's interim government unveiled its second stimulus package on Monday (February 10), which will inject 33.9 billion Egyptian pounds ($4.87 billion) into the economy, with most of that money coming from aid pledged by the UAE.

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Fed cuts stimulus despite market turmoil

The Federal Reserve trimmed its bond purchases by another $10 billion as it stuck to a plan to wind down its extraordinary economic stimulus despite turmoil in emerging markets. The action was widely expected, although some invest

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Gold slips for third session, Fed policy in focus

Gold extended losses to a third session on Wednesday as investors turned jittery ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's statement on the outlook for its bond-buying stimulus. A rebound in stock markets after Turkey raised its key

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GLITTER GONE: Gold to end year down 28pc

Gold staged a modest rebound on Tuesday after falling more than 1 percent in the previous session, but the precious metal was still heading for its biggest annual decline since 1981 because investors shifted money to equities. A d

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