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

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IMF: No-deal Brexit ‘would impose very large costs’ on UK

Britain’s economy would suffer “very large costs” if it leaves the European Union next March with no divorce agreement in place, the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde warned in a speech at the UK Treasury on Monday. SOUNDBITE

Images of plenary session of the International Economic Forum

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IMF Director Christine Lagarde attend the plenary session of the International Economic Forum in Saint-Petersburg. IMAGES

IMF Warns Risks of Rising Global Trade Tensions

The IMF is warning that rising trade tensions between the US and China risk undermining a solidly growing global economy. IMF Director Christine Lagarde says “while the sun is shining we are seeing more clouds on the horizon.”(April 19)

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