IMF chief quits over sex charges

International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned following allegations he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York.

In a statement, Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, said he had already informed the executive board of his intention to step down "with immediate effect".

He again firmly denied the criminal charges against him.

Strauss-Kahn - who is being held in New York's Rikers Island prison - is expected to make a new plea for bail.