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Doctors warn of global C-section 'epidemic'

Paris - Worldwide Caesarean section use has nearly doubled in two decades and has reached "epidemic" proportions in some countries, doctors warned Friday, highlighting a huge gap in childbirth care between rich and poor mothers.

UK economy grinds to halt in August

London - Britain's Brexit-facing economy ground to a shuddering halt in August, hit by weaker hotel and restaurant activity, official data showed Wednesday.

IMF gathers in quake-battered Indonesia to focus on global economic tremors

Bali - Rising protectionism, vulnerable emerging markets and record debt levels: The IMF holds its annual meeting this week in earthquake-stricken Indonesia, as it shines a light on tremors in the global economy.

IT jobs have outpaced most other jobs in growth

Research shows that information technology jobs - computer software, big data, and cybersecurity - have outpaced most other jobs, across all sectors, in productivity and growth since 2004.

Trade tension, strong dollar hit Latin America's growth

Mexico - Latin America's economic growth is set to come in lower than expected this year, as US protectionism and widespread wariness of emerging markets put a drag on the region, a UN panel said Thursday.

UN panel slashes 2018 growth forecast for Latin America

Mexico - Latin America's economic growth is set to come in lower than expected this year, as US protectionism and widespread wariness of emerging markets put a drag on the region, a UN panel said Thursday.

China economic growth eased slightly in Q2: AFP poll

Chinese growth slowed only slightly in the second quarter as the impact of the deepening trade conflict with the United States was yet to kick in, according to analysts surveyed by AFP.

OneEleven expands Toronto office, eyes global growth

Scale up community OneEleven is expanding. The expansion will make the Toronto location of the global scaleup hub one of the largest in the world.

Turkey's economy delivers pre-poll growth boost for Erdogan

Ankara - Turkey's economy grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, official statistics showed on Monday, in a reading hailed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan two weeks ahead of elections but met with caution by economists.

Mexican economy grows 1.1% in first quarter

Mexico - Mexico's economy grew 1.1 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to figures released Monday, two months from a presidential election in which tepid economic performance is a central issue.

Britain in severe slowdown one year before Brexit

London - Britain's economy suffered a sharp slowdown in the first quarter with the weakest growth rate since 2012, official data showed Friday in a gloomy sign one year before Brexit. Gross domestic product expanded 0.

French growth slips despite Macron's pro-business push

Paris - France's economic growth decelerated sharply in the first quarter according to government estimates published Friday, but economists believe the blip is temporary as President Emmanuel Macron pushes a business-friendly agenda.

IMF sees solid near-term global growth but risks beyond

Washington - The global economy is expected to grow at a solid pace through next year, boosted by faster expansion in the United States and Europe, but after that risks will build, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

IMF sees emerging Asia as top global growth engine

Bejing - The IMF said Tuesday it remains upbeat about the economic prospects of emerging Asia, labelling the region "the most important engine of global growth" despite concerns over trade disputes and mounting debt.

France beats EU deficit targets in boost for Macron

Paris - France reported a smaller-than-expected budget deficit for 2017 on Monday, respecting EU rules on overspending for the first time in a decade in further positive economic news for President Emmanuel Macron.

British economy facing Brexit-induced struggle

London - Britain's economy will face sluggish growth in the coming years on the back of Brexit fallout, finance minister Philip Hammond revealed Tuesday in a key budget update.Gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to grow 1.

Between poverty and slow growth, Russia's economic future uncertain

Sanktpeterburg - Outside a metro station in Saint-Petersburg, 70-year-old Irina Semyonova is selling homemade tomato-and-aubergine preserves as a way to supplement her pension which she says is just not enough to live on.

Brazil's econonomy grew in 2017 after two years of contraction

Bras - Brazil's economy grew by a percentage point in 2017 after two years of contraction, government figures showed Thursday, confirming the South American giant's recovery from one of the worst recessions in its history.

Praise, positive data pile up for French economy

Paris - The good news keeps coming for the French economy: data published Thursday showed unemployment at its lowest level since 2009 while the head of the IMF praised recent reforms by President Emmanuel Macron.

Cyprus economy records highest growth in 10 years

Nicosia - Bailed-out eurozone member Cyprus recorded its best growth in a decade last year, official data showed Wednesday, on the back of record tourist arrivals and a resurgence in construction.

Potholes appear in Romania's stellar economic growth path

Bucharest - Coming top of the class doesn't always mean escaping a telling off: Romania may have posted Europe's strongest growth figures on Wednesday, but analysts are worried the star pupil is heading for a fall.

IMF raises global growth forecasts, US tax cuts provide boost

Washington - Global economies are recovering simultaneously and at a stronger pace, and will get at least a short-term boost from the US tax cuts, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

Brexit trade deal can help UK growth: IMF's Lagarde

London - Britain's tepid growth can improve along with other advanced economies should a positive trade deal over Brexit be agreed with the European Union, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday.

Rapid growth forecast for insurtech in 2018

London - If there’s a technology sector to get into then this appears to be insurtech. Insurtech jobs are increasing 22 times faster than the rest of the U.K. market, as an example of rapid developments in the sector.

China says its 'open' internet accounts for a third of economy

Shanghai - China's digital economy accounts for nearly a third of gross domestic product, according to a report released at an annual cyberspace conference staged by the government to justify its strict internet censorship.

A year after cash ban, India's black money market is thriving

New Delhi - When India declared most bank notes unuseable a year ago in an effort to flush out tax cheats, one steel manufacturer was so spooked he resolved to do business by the book in future.

Mexican economy shrinks in quarter of quakes

Mexico - Mexico's economy shrank for the first time in more than four years in the third quarter, hit by two powerful earthquakes in September, according to data released Tuesday.If confirmed, the preliminary estimate of a 0.

British economy shrugs off Brexit doubts, for now

London - Britain's economy gently picked up speed in the third quarter, official data showed on Wednesday, strengthening expectations of an interest rate hike next month, despite uncertainty over Brexit. Gross domestic product grew by 0.

China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target

Bejing - China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a key Communist Party conclave.

IMF raises China growth forecast for 2017 to 6.8 pct

Bejing - The International Monetary Fund raised its growth forecast for China on Tuesday but again warned of risks stemming from the build-up of debt in the world's second largest economy.
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