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Why US economy is powering ahead of Europe’s

While countries around the world have struggled to recover from the economic setbacks brought on by the pandemic, one has emerged particularly strong. With a fast-growing economy, a strong labour market and falling inflation, the US has outpaced its counterparts in Europe and elsewhere. In terms of GDP, it posted a 3.3% gain in the…

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Turkey parliament ratifies Sweden’s Nato membership

The Turkish parliament has ratified Sweden’s bid to join Nato by an big majority in a long-delayed vote. Sweden applied to join in 2022 after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But Turkey withheld its approval following disagreements over what it called Sweden’s support to Kurdish separatists. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now expected to…

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Alarming 30-fold rise in measles in Europe – WHO

There was an “alarming” 30-fold increase in measles cases in Europe last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Health chiefs are warning that cases are still rising and “urgent measures” are needed to prevent further spread. More than 30,000 people were infected in 2023, compared to 941 during the whole of 2022. The WHO…

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