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A worker wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant along a path in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. China's death toll from a new viral disease that is causing global concern rose by 25 to at least 106 on Tuesday as the United States and other governments prepared to fly their citizens out of the locked-down city at center of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Arek Rataj)

Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy

Jan. 28, 2020 4:54 PM EST

This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month. But the place is empty. Wuhan, the center of a deadly viral outbreak, is on lockdown....

The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Budget deficit to break $1 trillion despite strong economy

Jan. 28, 2020 2:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending last year and the repeal in December of several taxes...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell arrives to speak at a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. For the first time in years, Federal Reserve officials will hold their latest policy meeting this week feeling broadly satisfied with where interest rates are and with seemingly no inclination to change them anytime soon. Powell has expressed a sense of gratification with Fed policy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Fed seems content with low rates but confronts challenges

Jan. 27, 2020 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in years, Federal Reserve officials will hold their latest policy meeting this week feeling broadly satisfied with where interest rates are and with seemingly no inclination to change them anytime soon. Chairman Jerome Powell has expressed a sense of gratification with...

Survey of business economists finds slight rise in optimism

Jan. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists are slightly more optimistic about economic growth than they were three months ago, and most foresee sales at their companies remaining solid. Those findings emerge from the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics being released Monday. It...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, an investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing. Several factors are pointing to a possible rebound in emerging market stocks this year. Stocks in China and other developing economies notched solid gains in 2019, but lagged the blockbuster market returns delivered by publicly traded companies in the U.S. and other developed economies. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Easing trade tensions bode well for emerging market stocks

Jan. 23, 2020 3:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several factors are pointing to a possible rebound in emerging market stocks this year. Stocks in China and other developing economies notched solid gains in 2019, but lagged the blockbuster market returns delivered by publicly traded companies in the U.S. and other developed economies....

Indian workers repair an advertising hoarding in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The IMF on Monday lowered India’s economic growth estimate for the current fiscal to 4.8% and listed the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers as the single biggest drag on its global growth forecast for two years. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

IMF downgrade of growth outlook ups pressure on India's Modi

Jan. 21, 2020 5:29 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A decision by the International Monetary Fund to downgrade its economic growth forecast for India is adding to pressure on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his policies. Opposition leaders and economists on Tuesday blasted the government for failing to deliver on promises to...

Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, delivers a welcome message on the eve of the annual meeting of the World Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum will take place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Climate not considered a top 10 risk by CEOs - survey

Jan. 20, 2020 12:34 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Climate issues are set to be one of the main talking points at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week, but a survey of CEOs released Monday shows that they are not even ranked among the top ten threats to business growth. In its annual report ahead of...

An employee works in a chemical fiber plant in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity. (Chinatopix via AP)

IMF: Low rates and reduced trade tension to aid world growth

Jan. 20, 2020 8:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low interest rates and reduced trade tensions will likely buoy the global economy over the next two years and help nurture steady if modest growth. That's the view of the International Monetary Fund, which foresees world economic growth accelerating from 2.9% last year to 3.3% in 2020 and...

In this Jan. 3, 2020, photo, workers make sneakers in a factory in Jinjiang city in southeastern China's Fujian province. China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low of 6.1% in 2019 as consumer demand weakened and Beijing fought a trade war with Washington. Government data Friday, Jan. 17, showed growth was down from 2018’s 6.6%, already the lowest since 1990. Economic growth in the three months ending in December held steady at the previous quarter’s level of 6%. (Chinatopix Via AP)

China's 2019 economic growth weakens amid trade war

Jan. 17, 2020 12:10 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6.1%, down from...

UN: Global economic growth in 2019 was lowest of the decade

Jan. 16, 2020 7:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global economy recorded its lowest growth of the decade in 2019, falling to 2.3% as a result of protracted trade disputes and a slowdown in domestic investment, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N.'s annual report, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020, forecast a...