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Matthew Giarmo of Alexandria, Virginia, holds up a sign seeking a job on a street corner in Washington, DC

Obama says Republicans are using 'extortion' to end US government shutdown and raise debt ceiling

Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was asked to put a no strings attached deal on the table

Good news as IMF upgrades UK’s growth forecast

But chief economist likens George Osborne’s deficit-cutting timetable to ‘playing with fire’

IMF gives backing to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney over forward guidance

Mark Carney's flagship forward guidance policy was backed by the International Monetary Fund today as the Bank of England Governor marked 100 days at the helm in Threadneedle Street.

Greece’s talk of 2014 recovery pulls investors

The billionaire US hedge fund manager John Paulson has fixed his sights on Greece ahead of an expected recovery next year in one of the eurozone’s hardest-hit countries.

Banks and shops predict boom as economy gains

Britain’s tentative economic recovery has triggered a surge of optimism among the country’s banks even though their loans to companies fell in recent months.

Is 'black money' fuelling the rise of Karachi's stocks

As Pakistan’s economy struggles, its exchange soars.  But critics claim weak regulation has opened the door to insider trading

IMF puts the pressure on Congress to reach a deal

Christine Lagarde warns raising of US debt ceiling is 'mission critical'

Financial crisis ‘led to the loss of 7m jobs’

The human cost of the financial crisis was the obliteration of 7m jobs across the developed world since the second quarter of 2008, a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers says today.

Fears of debt and housing bubble after David Cameron hurries out second phase of Help to Buy scheme three months early

Vince Cable and Sir Mervyn King among those concerned that the Government could be exposed to billions of pounds of future housing debt whilst inflating the property market

Jamie Dunkley: The red flag is still flying high but Vietnam is back on the growth path

It has been almost 40 years since North Vietnamese tanks rolled through the gates of Saigon’s Presidential Palace, marking the end of the country’s civil war.

The multibillionaire  investor and philanthropist George Soros, 83, married 42-year-old education consultant Tamiko Bolton at the weekend in a modest, non-denominational ceremony in New York

Third time lucky? Multi-billionaire George Soros gets married again, to bride half his age

Christine Lagarde, Bono and Andrew Cuomo were among the guests

US markets up after Larry Summers backs out of Federal Reserve race

The decision by Larry Summers to back out of the race to replace Ben Bernanke at the helm of the US Federal Reserve when he steps down next year, has boosted expectations of a dovish outlook for the monetary policy in the world’s largest economy, driving up stocks and bonds.

Greek teachers hold a banner during a protest in Athens

Greek police use tear gas on protesting school staff as teachers go on strike against cuts

Greece’s academic year had barely got started when it ground to a halt on Monday, with school and university teachers beginning the first of a series of strikes by public sector employees to protest against new austerity measures. 

'I was right on austerity': George Osborne claims decisive victory for his economic policy

Chancellor tells Labour it has ‘lost the argument’ and predicts Britain is ‘turning a corner’

Sir Nicholas Monck: Civil servant at the Treasury

Sir Nicholas Monck: Treasury official who worked with Denis Healey

A stereotype persists of the typical Treasury official – a gimlet-eyed guardian of the public purse, single minded in a relentless pursuit of candle ends to be saved. No one could have been less like that image than Sir Nicholas Monck, who has died at the age of 78. It is difficult to imagine a more rounded human being, with his extensive range of interests, causes and connections and an extraordinarily wide circle of friendships.

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