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IMF urges Greece to pursue 'realistic' economic targets

IMF urges Greece to pursue 'realistic' economic targets

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday urged Greece to be "realistic" about its economic goals, and reiterated the longstanding concern the country may yet need additional debt relief.

Higher oil prices, reforms, infrastructure push seen driving Qatar economy this year

Higher oil prices, reforms, infrastructure push seen driving Qatar economy this year

Qatar’s economy this year should be supported by higher oil prices, economic reforms and the government’s infrastructure investment push in preparation for the 2022 World Cup, FocusEconomics has said in a report.

Greece submits reforms to parliament, aiming to unlock last bailout loans

Greece submits reforms to parliament, aiming to unlock last bailout loans

Greece submitted a draft bill to parliament late on Friday outlining reforms in the energy, pension and labour sectors as the government races to secure the last loans from its international bailout programme.

Jordan withdraws tax bill after angry protests

Jordan withdraws tax bill after angry protests

Crowds have taken to the streets to demand the government drop the unpopular reforms, in some of the biggest economic protests to hit Jordan over the past five years.

Nicaragua death toll hits 100 as Ortega vows to remain

Nicaragua death toll hits 100 as Ortega vows to remain

At least 16 people were killed and 88 injured on Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday as pro- and anti-government supporters clashed in a number of cities.

Ethiopia's new PM reshuffles cabinet as part of reform bid

Ethiopia's new PM reshuffles cabinet as part of reform bid

Abiy Ahmed named 10 new ministers but retained the finance and foreign ministers from the cabinet of his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn, who resigned in February to pave the way for the reforms.

Philippines' new police chief vows reforms, intensified anti-drug war

Philippines' new police chief vows reforms, intensified anti-drug war

The Philippines' police forces need an ‘internal cleansing,’ said the country's new national police chief Thursday, in response to criticism about violations and abuses by the force in its aggressive campaign against illegal drugs.

Australia fails to agree on reforms, FIFA takeover looms

Australia fails to agree on reforms, FIFA takeover looms

Australia's football association failed to pass a vote to secure reforms demanded by FIFA at an annual general meeting on Thursday, paving the way for the global body to take over the governance of soccer in the country.

Macron determined to engage Germany in debate on Europe reforms

Macron determined to engage Germany in debate on Europe reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he is determined to engage Germany in a debate that he wants to push forward on European reforms, despite a cool initial response from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Morocco's king pardons protesters arrested in Rif region

Morocco's king pardons protesters arrested in Rif region

Morocco's King Mohammed VI has pardoned dozens of people arrested in recent protests in a northern region and blamed the failure of local officials to quickly implement development projects for stoking public anger.

Sudan needs swift reforms to revive ailing economy

Sudan needs swift reforms to revive ailing economy

The World Bank on Sunday urged Sudan to undertake swift structural reforms to revive its ailing economy, which a top Sudanese official insisted had been adversely impacted by US trade sanctions.

India announces sweeping reforms to foreign direct investment rules

India announces sweeping reforms to foreign direct investment rules

India announced sweeping reforms to rules on foreign direct investment, opening up its defence and civil aviation sectors to complete outside ownership and clearing the way for Apple to open stores in the country.