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France to give Africa 2 bn euros for green energy

Le Bourget - France will give African countries two billion euros ($2.1 billion) over the next four years to develop renewable energy and replace climate-harming fossil fuels, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.

French new anti-terror spending 'a few hundred million euros'

Paris - Fresh French spending on security in response to the Paris attacks will amount to "a few hundreds of millions of euros (dollars)", a lawmaker said in remarks published Wednesday.

Citi trials cardless, screenless ATMs controlled by your phone

Citi has started testing a next-generation ATM design that has no keypad or display. Instead, it is controlled by the user's smartphone in what is being billed as a faster and more secure way of getting money.

Peru protesters tell IMF 'imperialists' to go home

- Activists marched through the Peruvian capital Friday to protest what they called the anti-poor policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which are holding their annual meetings here.

Development banks pledge $15 bln in new climate funds: Officials

- Development banks including the World Bank have pledged an additional $15 billion a year by 2020 to fight climate change, taking the world closer to the clutch target of $100 billion, officials said Friday.

IMF meets in hostile territory of Latin America

- The International Monetary Fund faces a chilly reception as it meets this week in Latin America, the region that has been most hostile toward its policy prescriptions.

Ministers talk finance, seek to bolster climate pact

Paris - Ministers and diplomats from 57 countries gathered in Paris Sunday to discuss the make-or-break issue of finance in a climate rescue deal to be sealed in the French capital in December.

Op-Ed: Leeching kids, sapped parents & the parable of the financial cave

The latest ‘poll’ feasted upon by Canadian media has to do with young adults who remain partially dependent on their parents after high school and in many cases after post-secondary education.

Asian stocks up for second day on U.S. growth

Hong Kong - Tokyo shares led Asian stock markets higher on Friday after a surprisingly upbeat US economic growth report buoyed investors following a prolonged rout driven by concerns over China's economy.

Mega-donors extend 'shelf life' of struggling 2016 hopefuls

Washington - Chris Christie and Rick Perry may have stalled in the US presidential race but they could struggle on to the first primary votes, thanks to the mega-donors keeping their campaigns afloat.

Hillary Clinton healthy, quite wealthy: Campaign statements

Washington - Hillary Clinton is healthy and "fit to serve" as US president, her doctor affirmed, as the Democratic White House frontrunner also revealed details about her family's substantial personal wealth.

Apple gives free month of iCloud to Greeks who can't pay renewal

Apple has granted Greek iCloud subscribers a free month of usage after the financial crisis in the country meant that Apple would have been unable to take payment for the subscription service and users would have lost their stored data.

EU charges credit giant MasterCard with antitrust violations

The European Union on Thursday formally charged credit card giant MasterCard with antitrust allegations, alleging the credit giant is artificially raising monthly minimum payments for its European customers.

Facebook expands payments on Messenger across the entire U.S.

Everybody in the United States can now send and receive payments using Facebook Messenger after a large expansion made the feature mainstream. Users of the app can transfer funds with their friends quickly using just a compatible debit card.

Follow the money: Magnitsky case reaches Saint Tropez

Paris - In a fresh twist to the Sergei Magnitsky tax scam case which soured US-Russia relations, French investigators have found a money trail leading to the glitzy resort of Saint Tropez, sources told AFP.

Op-Ed: Study says Americans dedicated to saving, but still struggling

Everyone loves having extra money in the bank, but when it comes to the practical aspect of building up a savings account many Americans are still struggling to meet their financial goals.

'Conversation' with Hillary Clinton? That'll be $2,700

Washington - Four, five, even six times per week, Hillary Clinton meets deep-pocketed supporters eager to shake hands with the celebrity Democrat -- all-but-obligatory encounters helping her amass the war chest needed to win the White House.

Canadian Opposition party gains support for ban on banking fees

The Official Opposition in Canada has built cross party support for a motion to halt the rising tide of mandatory pay to pay banking charges.

G7 ministers meet on global growth amid shadow of Greek crisis

Dresden - Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven wealthiest nations gathered in Dresden Thursday to seek ways of boosting global growth, while the Greek crisis also cast its shadow over the talks.

Google lets schoolboy run up £3000 bill as app purchases bounce

An 11-year-old school student ran up a bill of over £3000 on his mother's card after a series of app and game purchases were charged repetitively by Google despite the payments failing. Google made hundreds of transactions in just a few days.

French, German leaders hold talks with Greek PM in Riga

Riga - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline.

Op-Ed: Is alternative finance a silver bullet for SMEs seeking funding?

Alternative finance is the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) world’s latest buzz term, promising companies a flexible recourse from a financial landscape dominated for too long by the shrinking availability of bank loans.

Oxfam assails World Bank arm for rights violations

Washington - The World Bank's private-sector finance unit supported development projects in numerous countries that involved grave violations of human rights, anti-poverty group Oxfam alleged in a new report Thursday.

FTSE 100 sets record on Tuesday but fails to hold it on Wednesday

After approval of economic reform proposals submitted by Greece helped the FTSE 100 reach record-breaking levels yesterday, it has fallen back considerably throughout the course of today, with shares in some major companies dropping by nearly 10 percent.

Ex-party head charged in Sarkozy campaign finance scandal: judicial source

Paris - The former head of France's right-wing UMP party was charged Tuesday with "abuse of confidence" over a campaign finance scandal dating back to Nicolas Sarkozy's run for the presidency in 2012.

Cleaning ladies first winners in new anti-austerity Greece

Athens - The reinstatement of the cleaning ladies at Greece's finance ministry was perhaps the most symbolic measure announced by the new anti-austerity government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday.

Asian stocks sink, euro near nine-year low

Hong Kong - Tokyo's Nikkei led an Asian share slump Tuesday following painful losses in New York and Europe, with fears sparked by the global slump in oil prices and the Greek political crisis.

Hedge fund founder shot dead in New York, son questioned

New York - A hedge fund founder was found fatally shot in his plush Manhattan apartment Sunday and his son later called in for questioning, police said amid press reports he pulled the trigger.

Germany warns Greece over reforms as radical left rises

Berlin - Germany's finance minister warned Greece that any new government must respect commitments made by its predecessor, as the country moved closer to early elections that EU officials fear would be won by a radical leftist party.

Poorest countries 'left behind': Climate finance report

- Half of nearly $8 billion in climate finance given to the developing world since 2003 went to just 10 countries, and nations most at risk got the short end of the stick, a report said.
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