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IMF chief to face court grilling in corruption probe

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been summoned to appear before a court investigating alleged corruption during her time as a French government minister, her lawyer said Thursday. Lagarde has been ordered to appear before the court at the end of May to answer questions over her role in a scandal…

French sex assault case against Strauss-Kahn dropped

PARIS (Reuters) – The French public prosecutor’s office will not pursue a French writer’s complaint of attempted rape against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn due to lack of evidence, it said on Thursday. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that evidence existed suggesting sexual assault but that pursuit on…

Strauss-Kahn ‘rape attempt’ writer to go primetime

French writer Tristane Banon, who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003 will appear on primetime television Monday, a day after the former IMF chief broke his media silence. Tristane Banon, a 32-year-old French author who is the daughter of a family friend of Strauss-Kahn, has…

IMF recognises Libya’s fledgling administration

The International Monetary Fund said Saturday it now recognizes the transitional government in Libya, paving the way for the fledgling administration to benefit from the IMF’s financial help. “Libya is now formally represented at the IMF by the National Transitional Council,” IMF chief Christine Lagarde told reporters at a G8 finance ministers’…

IMF chief urges bold action in G7 crisis talks

Finance ministers from the world’s richest economies gathered Friday to work out how to head off gathering storm clouds, as the new IMF chief urged bold action on the sovereign debt crisis. After US President Barack Obama unveiled a $447 billion jobs plan to energise the world’s largest economy, finance…

Strauss-Kahn accuser might drop case for cash payment

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers for the woman who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault have explored a deal in which they would scuttle the criminal case in exchange for a monetary settlement in the civil lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.…

Maid’s lawyer seeks out other Strauss-Kahn victims

PARIS — The new lawyer for the maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape appealed Tuesday to “any woman” who was assaulted by the fallen IMF chief to contact him. “If there is any woman out there, whether in France or in Africa, who have been sexually assaulted or sexually…

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