Voices The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

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News Analysis: The G7 has agreed to write off $50bn owed by poor countries, but aid campaigners argue it is only `crumbs of comfort'

G7 to write off $50bn of Third World debt

FINANCE MINISTERS from the world's seven richest countries yesterday agreed to write off $50bn (pounds 32bn) of debts owed by the poorest nations.

G7 set to agree third world debt relief package

FINANCE MINISTERS from the Group of Seven leading industrial countries are due to agree a deal of debt relief for third world nations this weekend to be put forward to the leaders' summit in Cologne next weekend.

G7 ministers fail to agree private sector rescue role

Diane Coyle in Washington reports on plans to ease hardship and handle future crises

G7 pushes for private sector help in crises

FINANCE MINISTERS of the Group of Seven industrial countries will agree plans at their meeting in Washington on Monday to make private lenders share the burden of tackling future international financial crises.

Washington sheds no tears over Lafontaine

THE GERMAN Finance Minister Oskar Lafontaine's resignation was greeted with quiet relief in Washington, where his calls for stricter curbs on world financial markets had caused growing dismay.

Confident G7 pushes dollar to record high

The dollar hit a record high against the euro yesterday, and soared to a two-and-a-half month high against the yen, after Group of Seven ministers appeared unconcerned at the US currency's recent strength.

Drugs trade `the third largest economy'

Narcotics: New report reveals colossal scale of trafficking and money laundering, much of it flowing through Britain

Brown warns G7 against protectionism

THE CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown has sounded a warning about the threat of a return to protectionism after this weekend's meeting of the Group of Seven finance ministers revealed deep differences between the leading industrialised nations on how to revive the world's flagging economy.

G7 tinkers with reform

FINANCE ministers and central bankers of the world's seven richest countries approved proposals yesterday for closer monitoring of global markets. But they were making little progress in their goal of creating the "new financial architecture", designed to dampen the market turmoils of recent years.

Alarm bells in Europe raise the stakes for G7

ALARMING SIGNS of weakness in Europe's two biggest economies have raised the stakes at today's Group of Seven meeting in Bonn. Wim Duisenberg, president of the European Central Bank, will come under fresh pressure to cut Euroland interest rates.

Chancellor takes stars' debt plea to G7 summit

GORDON BROWN is throwing his weight behind calls this week by rock stars, headed by Bono and David Bowie, and the boxing legend Muhammad Ali to cancel huge amounts of Third World debt.

Slowdown in France and Germany raises G7 stakes

ALARMING SIGNS of weakness in Europe's two biggest economies have raised the stakes at today's Group of Seven meeting in Bonn. Wim Duisenberg, president of the European Central Bank, will come under fresh pressure to avert the danger of recession by cutting Euroland interest rates.

City & Business: Emerging markets have become passe

WE WERE sitting in the upstairs conference room of the Malaysian embassy in Belgrave Square: a dozen hacks and a delegation of Malaysian officials. We were surrounded by the post-colonial trappings of a gentlemen's club: moth-eaten curtains, wood-panelled walls and brightly coloured oils of bygone moments in Malay history rendered, perhaps, by the niece of some former cultural attache.

OECD warns on growth

ANOTHER stock market tumble on the scale of the world-wide slide in August and September could knock 0.75 percentage point or more off annual growth in industrialised countries, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said yesterday.
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