European Central Bank | AFP Animé

Updated videographic on the European Central Bank. IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Tuesday announced she would step down “temporarily” from the global crisis lender after being nominated to lead the European Central Bank.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Ivanka Trump appears to be snubbed by leaders at G20 | AFP

Ivanka Trump got a ribbing back home on Monday after critics took issue with the prominent role played by President Donald Trump’s daughter during summits in Japan and South Korea. A video clip from Osaka shows a slightly awkward meeting between Ivanka Trump and several world leaders which went viral. She attempts to join a conversation but appears to be ignored by IMF chief Christine Lagarde, who stands just to her right. IMAGES

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IMF upgrades US growth forecast to 2.6% | AFP

IMF chief Christine Lagarde says the US economy is expected to grow slightly faster this year than projected in April, as the IMF upgrades its GDP forecast for 2019 to 2.6 percent, while growth in 2020 is seen to be slowing to two percent. SOUNDBITE

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Lagarde ‘horrified’ by Khashoggi case, but Saudi trip unchanged

IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Saturday she was “horrified” by reports about the fate of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi but she still plans to attend an economic meeting in Riyadh this month. FIRST IMAGES

IMF chief defends rate hikes after Trump slams ‘crazy’ Fed

IMF chief Christine Lagarde defends central bank rate hikes, calling them a “necessary development”, after markets plunged in response to US president Donald Trump blasting the Fed for going “crazy” with plans to raise borrowing costs again. SOUNDBITE

What do these IMF chiefs have in common?

From Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sex parties to Christine Lagarde’s misuse of public funds, they like to keep things exciting.

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