Government debt

November 21, 2019 - 9:32 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government has pledged to exceed the strict surplus targets demanded by its former bailout lenders for this year and next. In the 2020 budget submitted to Parliament Thursday, the government says it will outperform its primary surplus target— the annual balance...
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FILE - This June 12, 2019, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for August. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
November 13, 2019 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit last month...
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Anti-government protesters cheer as they wait for a bus to return them home, in the aftermath of violent protests against the government, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Ecuador celebrated a deal President Lenín Moreno and indigenous leaders struck late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 14, 2019 - 9:41 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a mass cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material. President Lenín Moreno signed a...
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Indigenous leaders attend negotiations with President Lenin Moreno in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. The government and indigenous protesters started negotiations aimed at defusing more than a week of demonstrations that have paralyzed the nation's economy. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 13, 2019 - 11:14 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno and leaders of Ecuador's indigenous peoples struck a deal late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead. Under the agreement announced just before 10 p.m.,...
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October 11, 2019 - 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Friday that it will buy short-term Treasury bills each month until the second quarter of 2020 to inject cash into the banking system and make it easier to control its benchmark lending rate. The action marks the Fed's latest response to a shortage of cash...
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The European Central Bank is seen next to the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, late Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
October 10, 2019 - 10:27 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank officials haggled extensively over several parts of the stimulus package decided at their last meeting, with dissenters objecting to bond purchases that pump newly created money into the economy. The written account of the meeting released Thursday...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee in Washington. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Powell is scheduled to speak about the Fed’s interest rate policy in Denver at the annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
October 08, 2019 - 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that U.S. job growth since early last year was not as robust as thought, a hint that the Fed may be ready to keep cutting interest rates to support the economy. Powell also said the Fed will soon announce plans to buy Treasurys,...
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Christine Lagarde, President-elect of the European Central Bank, speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 25, 2019 - 8:10 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A member of the European Central Bank's leadership has resigned after publicly questioning the need for the bank's stimulus efforts, opening an unexpected vacancy on the institutions' top executive body amid public criticism of its policies by some of its own officials...
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Republican presidential candidate, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford chats with patrons at the Puritan Backroom restaurant, as he campaigns, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 19, 2019 - 8:34 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mark Sanford's first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire began with an interruption in the hopes of being heard. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, entered a Manchester diner and found his way to an AARP meeting in the back. "Can I be rude...
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John Wilson, with the New York Stock Exchange, monitors stock activity, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Global stock markets sank Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 16, 2019 - 3:42 pm
Airlines, retailers and other consumer-focused companies helped pull stocks lower on Wall Street Monday afternoon after an an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring. The attack raised worries about the risk of more disruptions for oil at a time when the...
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