Economic growth led by the United States and China is accelerating, amplifying the risks of an uneven global recovery.
Costa Rica now ranks fifth in Latin America and the Caribbean.
China's economic slowdown and financial mayhem are fostering a cycle of decline and panic across much of the world, as countries on nearly every continent see escalating risks of prolonged slumps, political disruption and financial losses.
Federal Reserve officials stressed Thursday that policy should be tightened only gradually after U.S. interest rates are increased for the first time since 2006, with New York Fed President William C. Dudley saying the conditions for liftoff "could soon be satisfied."
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a tentative agreement on trade negotiated by a dozen Pacific-rim nations, will slightly pry open Japan's famously closed rice market, protect brand-name drugs from generic competitors for at least five years and lower tariffs on automobiles.
Twelve Pacific rim countries sealed a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal early Monday on creating the world's largest free trade area, delivering U.S. President Barack Obama a major policy triumph.
Following the Fed interest rates decision to keep them at historic lows, there is no shortage of reaction from analysts and economists across Wall Street. Here's a quick look at what they think about the Fed standing pat.
This week, the U.S. Justice Department issued a memorandum urging prosecutors to put corporate leaders in the financial sector and other industries in the dock for any criminal wrongdoing.
"What I want to emphasize is that regional or systemic financial crisis will not happen in China, and the Chinese economy will not head for a hard landing," Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said last January. Roughly seven months later, China finds itself at the epicenter of a global stock market rout that has vaporized $8 trillion in wealth.
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