Dark economic cloud over IMF-World Bank meeting

People walk past a mural advertising the World Bank-IMF 2016 Spring Meetings April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. Thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, and participants from the academia and private sectors, gather in Washington DC for the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. PHOTO | KAREN BLEIER |

What you need to know:

  • The meetings open amid a rise in countries seeking aid from the IMF and the World Bank.
  • Last week Angola, its finances battered by the plunge in oil prices, requested a three-year bailout program from the Fund.
  • The meetings could also turn their focus to one source for feelings that economies are only serving elites: the "Panama Papers" trove of leaked documents.

Worries that the global economy is nearing a stall made worse by the spectre of '"Brexit" cloud the air as the world's finance chiefs gather in Washington beginning Thursday for the IMF-World Bank Spring meetings.

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