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By Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana wants to use a financial assistance deal struck last week with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fuel a deep transformation of its economy rather than simply to restore fiscal balance, Finance Minister Seth Terkper told Reuters. The government embarked on its shake-up of the economy even before the $940 million agreement with the IMF and its aid will help the programme to endure beyond elections in 2016, when President John Mahama will likely run for a second term. "What can we (the Finance Ministry) do to complement that transformation? In other measures, the government has set up a 'sinking' fund to manage debt redemption which uses revenue from the country's growing petroleum resources.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear oral arguments on April 28 on whether states can ban gay marriage, addressing a hot social issue in what promises to yield one of the justices' most important rulings of the year.