United States Treasuries surged Thursday in a flight to safety as stocks plunged in the US and Europe on growing fears of a global credit crunch and weaker than expected economic data.
United States warned it is unsatisfied with draft plans for a global trade deal that will be debated by the World Trade Organization next September. A main problem is a lack of clarity in the three key areas of agriculture, non-farm manufacturing and services.
United Nations signed a contract with a United States based firm which will oversee the preconstruction stage of the seven-year, 1.9 billion US dollars refurbishment of the world body's New York Headquarters.
Warning that failure to act on climate change will have grave consequences for all countries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in San Francisco called for urgent international action to address the problem within the framework of the United Nations.
Unite States stock markets dropped sharply Friday, extending a global share sell-off amid fears about the effect of higher interest rates on the world economy. There are growing concerns that higher rates will hit corporate profits and takeover deals, and dent consumer spending.
The International Monetary Fund raised its forecast for growth in the global economy for this year to 5.2%, up form its April forecast of 4.9%.
The first of the Royal Navy's latest Type 45 warships, Daring – the largest and most powerful air defense destroyer built in Britain – sailed late this month down the Clyde to begin an intensive period of sea trials.
The United Kingdom emergency responses committee met Monday amid fears a power substation supplying thousands of homes in Gloucester may be lost to flooding, considered the worst since 1947.
The European Union urged China on Monday to be more vigilant about product safety, from toothpaste to pet food, and to provide more information about the measures it takes against manufacturers of fake or shoddy exports.
China's economy expanded at its fastest pace in over a decade in the second quarter, data showed Thursday, raising expectations authorities will act quickly but not severely to stop overheating.