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World Bank fund for poorest countries issues $1.5 bn bond

Washington - The World Bank fund dedicated to helping the world's poorest countries on Tuesday announced it has raised $1.5 billion in its first-ever global bond issue, which enjoyed huge demand from investors.

Former Sri Lanka bank chief engaged in insider trading: probe

Colombo - A former governor of Sri Lanka's central bank has been accused of insider trading by a damning presidential report into a high-profile bond scandal that cost the island millions.The long-awaited inquiry recommended the state recover a $4.

China denies report it could halt US bond purchases

Bejing - China denied on Thursday a report that it may slow or cease its purchases of US Treasury bonds, calling it a possible case of "fake news" after the dollar tumbled following the story.

China denies report it could halt US bond purchases

Bejing - China on Thursday denied a report that it may slow or cease its purchases of US Treasury bonds, which sent the dollar falling.

Venezuela debt defaults pile up with fresh S&P warning

Caracas - Venezuela moved closer to a possible all-out default on Wednesday, with ratings agency S&P Global saying the country had failed to make repayments on two more loans.

Venezuela in fresh defaults on two bonds: S&P

Caracas - Venezuela failed to make repayments totalling $237 million on two loans, which have overrun their 30-day grace period, ratings agency S&P announced Wednesday.

Citgo is key link between US and Venezuela

Washington - Despite its deepening travails, Venezuela remains an important player in the United States, where it owns oil refineries and pipelines through Citgo, a unit of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

US tightens financial sanctions on Russian banks, energy firms

Washington - The US Treasury Friday announced tighter financial sanctions on Russian banks and energy firms because of Moscow's continued interference in Ukraine.

Trump moves to squeeze Venezuela's access to finance

Washington - The White House on Friday amped up pressure on Venezuela's cash-strapped government, restricting access to vital US capital markets and escalating a standoff between Washington and Caracas.

Malaysia's 1MDB misses Abu Dhabi payment

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's scandal-hit state investment fund 1MDB has missed a payment to Abu Dhabi of over $600 million that it was supposed to make by the end of July to settle debts, the emirate's sovereign wealth fund said Tuesday.

China opens up $10 trillion bond market in liberalisation step

Shanghai - China on Monday opened up its $10 trillion bond market to foreign investors, in the latest liberalisation move by Beijing as it seeks to draw in more fund flows as it battles slowing economic growth.

Rivals let rip in Brexit TV debate

London - The rival camps in Britain's EU membership referendum tore into each other Thursday in an ill-tempered first television debate dominated by accusations of lies and scaremongering.

Puerto Rico to default on $422 mn debt payment: Governor

San Juan - Puerto Rico's financial crisis deepened Sunday as Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the US commonwealth would default on $422 million in debt.

Argentina, 'vulture' funds end 15-year debt battle

New York - Argentina's new market-friendly government has ended a bitter 15-year battle with creditors led by a US billionaire, the mediator announced Monday, opening the door for the South American country to escape financial pariah status.

Argentina reaches deal to settle eurobond claims

New York - Argentina has reached a deal to settle with a group of holders of eurobonds it defaulted on 15 years ago, a US court mediator in its debt battle said Tuesday.

Argentine candidate Macri pledges to end bond fight

Buenos Aires - Argentine presidential challenger Mauricio Macri said Tuesday that he will end the country's long debt battle with US hedge funds if he wins the runoff vote on November 22.

Puerto Rico, crushed by debt, seeks moratorium

San Juan - Crushed by liabilities it now cannot repay, Puerto Rico is seeking to reschedule its $73 billion debt, the US commonwealth's governor said.

Baseball's 'tainted' homer king cleared of lying to drug probe

San Francisco - Baseball star Barry Bonds was cleared Wednesday of criminally misleading his sport's 2003 drug probe when a federal appeals court ruled that a “rambling, nonresponsive answer” he gave to a grand jury was not obstruction of justice.

ECB to launch long-awaited QE gambit

Berlin - In what may be its best and last chance to stimulate growth and ward off deflation across the eurozone, the European Central Bank on Monday will launch its long-awaited 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) quantitative easing programme.

Argentina, hedge funds far apart as bond hearings restart

Washington - Two months into a new year expected to bring progress, Argentina and the hedge funds it brands vultures are still far apart in a battle over bonds that has put the country back into default.

Op-Ed: SF Giants prove again that the best baseball is team baseball

San Francisco - Say what you want about how the San Francisco Giants are undeserving of being Major League champions because they couldn't even win their division after the nearly interminable 162-game season.

Argentina deposits debt payment, defying US judge

Buenos Aires - Argentina deposited a $161 million payment on its restructured debt Tuesday, defying a US judge who ruled it in contempt of court and ordered it to pay two "holdout" creditors first.

US judge calls Argentina in contempt in debt case

New York - A US judge ruled Argentina in contempt of court Monday for its attempts to skirt his block on payments to holders of the country's restructured debt.

U.S. court ruling on Argentine debt violates int'l law: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - Argentina on Monday slammed as illegal a U.S. judge's ruling finding it in contempt of court on its debt payments.

Argentine lawmakers OK debt payment alternatives

Buenos Aires - Argentina's lawmakers approved a measure early Thursday that would transfer the payment site for the country's restructured debt obligations from New York to Buenos Aires, as the country grapples with fallout from its 2001 default.

Argentina to pay bondholders despite U.S. court ruling

Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires moved to pay bondholders domestically after a U.S. bank left it unable to do so, President Cristina Kirchner said.

Argentina readies talks with mediator over debt default

New York - Argentine representatives hold talks with a court-appointed arbiter in New York on Monday hoping to resolve an impasse over debt payments to hedge funds as the country faces possible default.

Greece's short-term debt rates drop after bond issue

Athens - Greece's short-term borrowing costs tumbled on Tuesday, days after the crisis-hit country returned to medium-term international bond markets for the first time for four years. Athens paid 2.75 percent interest on 1.625 billion euros ($2.

Altice, Numericable plan 10-bn bond sale to fund SFR buy

Paris - French telecom operator Numericable and its parent company Altice said Monday they are planning to issue more than 10 billion euros ($13.8 billion) of bonds to fund their acquisition of SFR.

Greece to issue more bonds after sale success

Athens - Greece will issue more bonds after last week's successful five-year debt sale that ended a four-year drought, the head of the debt agency said Sunday.
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RELIEVED: Baseball's homer king, Barry Bonds, comes to bat in the third inning of a Giants game in July 2007. Bonds was cleared by a federal appeals court Wednesday of obstructing a grand jury investigating baseball's links to a notorious drug lab.
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