Russia to grow faster than all advanced economies says IMF

[Getty Images] An influential global body has forecast Russia’s economy will grow faster than all of the world’s advanced economies, including the US, this year. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Russia to grow 3.2% this year, significantly more than the UK, France and Germany. Oil exports have “held steady” and government spending has “remained … Read more

Catalonia’s Puigdemont says pro-independence party close to taking back control of region

* Catalonia is holding an election on May 12 * Puigdemont’s return made possible by controversial amnesty * Junts acted as kingmaker for Spain’s socialist government * Support for independence has ebbed in polls By Joan Faus PERPIGNAN, France, April 16 (Reuters) – Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont, who has been living in self-exile since … Read more

The artist running Israel’s Venice Biennale pavilion says she won’t open it until hostage deal and Gaza ceasefire is reached

Israel’s representative at Venice’s Biennale exhibition has said she won’t unveil the country’s pavilion until a hostage and ceasefire deal has been reached in Gaza. Artist Ruth Patir said the exhibit in the Italian city “will only open when the release of hostages and ceasefire agreement happens” in a statement shared on Instagram Tuesday. Patir said … Read more

Australia’s leader says French worker who intervened in stabbing attack can stay as long as he likes

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says a French construction worker who confronted a man who stabbed six people to death in a Sydney shopping mall is welcome to stay in the country as long as he likes. Damien Guerot has been nicknamed “Bollard Man” on social media because of security camera footage showing him … Read more

Pakistan’s premier calls for closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia to enhance investment in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister called for closer cooperation between Saudi Arabia and his cash-strapped Islamic nation to enhance Saudi investment in his country, a government statement said Tuesday. Shehbaz Sharif made his remarks during a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan who arrived Monday in the capital, Islamabad, to … Read more

Xi Rebuffs Pressure From Scholz to Rein In Chinese Manufacturing

(Bloomberg) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping told his German counterpart that a surge in Chinese clean-technology exports has helped the world tackle inflation, as he pushed back against European and US pressure to rein in the country’s powerhouse industries. Most Read from Bloomberg Xi’s comments to Chancellor Olaf Scholz during talks in Beijing suggest China … Read more