IMF Downgrades Global Growth Forecast

IMF Downgrades Global Growth Forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth for this year and next. The IMF now expects growth of 3.5% this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8% which it made in October. The growth forecast for 2016 has also been cut, to 3.7%. The downgrade to the forecasts…

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Brazil in Worst Water Crisis

Brazil in Worst Water Crisis

Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country’s most populous region is experiencing its worst drought since 1930. The states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais…

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Yingluck Shinawatra Banned from Politics

Yingluck Shinawatra Banned from Politics

Thai authorities have banned former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office for five years and launched a legal case that could see her jailed. An army-appointed legislature impeached her over…

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Scientists Slow Light

Scientists Slow Light

A team of Scottish scientists has made light travel slower than the speed of light. They sent photons – individual particles of light – through a special mask. It changed…

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China’s Growth Slows to 7.4% in 2014

China’s Growth Slows to 7.4% in 2014

China’s economic growth slowed to its weakest in 24 years, expanding 7.4% last year from 7.7% in 2013. Growth in the world’s second largest economy missed its official annual growth…

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Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka Poll Defeat

Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka Poll Defeat

Sri Lanka’s long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has been defeated in the presidential election. Official results showed Maithripala Sirisena, a former ally of the incumbent, had won 51.3% of the vote.…

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Obama Proposes Two Free Years of College

Obama Proposes Two Free Years of College

President Barack Obama wants to make two years of community college free and universally available, a proposal he said on Thursday he would flesh out in his State of the…

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Scientists Discover New Antibiotic

Scientists Discover New Antibiotic

Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance, offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving…

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UN Reports Big Increase in People Fleeing Conflict

UN Reports Big Increase in People Fleeing Conflict

The UN refugee agency reports conflicts forced a staggering 5.5 million people to flee their homes during the first six months of 2014. In its new report, the UNHCR says…

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Palestinians will be ICC Member by April

Palestinians will be ICC Member by April

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has confirmed that the Palestinians will officially become a member of the International Criminal Court on April 1, the UN press office said on Wednesday. On…

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