Russia has protested to Germany's new ambassador over comments by the German finance minister. Wolfgang Schäuble likened the Russian takeover of Crimea to the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938.
The IMF has called for decisive measures to bolster flagging economic growth worldwide. But Germany's finance minister has warned against alarmist predictions about a slide back into recession.
Finance ministers from the world's largest economies are planning major infrastructure projects, part of a bid to boost the global economy. The US criticized Germany's thriftiness, yet France was punished for its debts.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has tentatively suggested to the OSCE that France and Germany could provide unarmed drones to monitor Ukraine's border with Russia, after talks with his Kyiv counterpart.
A Red Cross worker has been killed in a mortar attack in Donetsk, in the first shelling reported in the eastern Ukrainian city since Moscow and Kyiv agreed to a ceasefire early in September.
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