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Billions in aid must not be squandered, Kabul is told

Afghanistan's international backers confirmed yesterday that they will continue providing support after Western forces pull out in three years time. But there were strong warnings to the Kabul government that the billions of dollars given in aid must not be squandered through corruption and malpractice.

World to pledge billions of dollars in Afghan support

Financial assistance dependent on Karzai cracking down on human rights abuses

Ben Chu: The IMF matters, but we should also pay attention to the World Bank

Economic Outlook: Staff at the Bank are under huge pressure to push money out of the door. The emphasis is on quantity rather than quality

Our Days of Rage, Old Vic Tunnels, London

Talk about topicality. While the fight for Tripoli intensified and rebels captured the Gaddafi compound, the National Youth Theatre has been opening a new play, Our Days of Rage, which dramatises four decades of struggle against his regime.

World Bank stops loans over Cambodian evictions

The World Bank has suspended loans to Cambodia until its government resolves a dispute over the evictions of thousands of poor landowners in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Egypt says will not need IMF and World Bank funds

Finance Minister Samir Radwan said on Saturday Egypt would not need funds from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, although a deal had been agreed, after budget revisions cut the forecast deficit.

Business Diary: World Bank turns to Lehman alumni

The World Bank naturally wants the best possible staff to monitor risks to the financial system and the global economy, which it so often has to prop up. So you'll be pleased to hear that its new treasurer has a strong background in issues of risk. Step forward Madelyn Antoncic, who used to work as the chief risk officer at one of Wall Street's leading investment banks. OK, so it was Lehman Brothers, but Antoncic is thought to have told the bank's bosses they were making bets that were too big.

Clinton 'in talks on World Bank post'

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has been in discussions with the White House about leaving her job next year to become head of the World Bank, sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters yesterday.

Hamish McRae: Now is the opportunity to have a well-run, apolitical and authoritative IMF

Economic Life: There are other European candidates to head the IMF, though for obvious reasons Gordon Brown is not one

Breathe in, breathe out, and drop the Coke

Buddhist economist Sulak Sivaraksa has advice for Western capitalist societies. Sholto Byrnes slows down and listens

World Bank warns on food poverty

The spiralling cost of staple foods is driving the world's poorest areas into "the danger zone", the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, said yesterday.

David Prosser: Gordon Brown could be exactly the leader that the IMF needs

Outlook The idea that Gordon Brown should be the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund is, despite the predictable discomfort of assorted right-wingers, not so outlandish. This is a body that professes its mission to be "fostering global growth and economic stability", two objectives in which the former Prime Minister, whatever the arguments about his record, is undeniably steeped.

History repeats itself for Peruvians at election

Voters will choose between a former army officer who has vowed to redistribute the nation's wealth and the daughter of the incarcerated ex-president Alberto Fujimori when they vote for a new leader in a June run-off election, official results released yesterday showed.

Leftist leads in Peruvian presidential race

A leftist former military officer who promises to favour the poor by redistributing Peru's mineral wealth is expected to win a presidential election but fall far short of the outright majority needed to avoid a run-off.

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