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  • Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked second warmest since 1880

    Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the… Read More ›

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  • NIH scientists find microbes on the skin of mice promote tissue healing, immunity

    Insights may inform wound management techniques. Beneficial bacteria(link is external) on the skin of lab mice work with the animals’ immune systems to defend against disease-causing microbes and accelerate wound healing, according to new research from scientists at the National Institute of… Read More ›

  • Zika infection during pregnancy may disrupt fetal oxygen supply

    Zika virus infection among pregnant women can lead to developmental problems in fetuses and newborns.

  • Response to The Guardian’s Opinion Piece on Tunisia

    From Gerry Rice, Head of Communications at the IMF: Jihen Chandoul’s frustration about economic conditions in Tunisia is understandable, but claims in her January 17 article are misplaced. Tunisia’s fragile economic condition is a result of not just external shocks… Read More ›

  • Central African Republic: UN mission issues 48-hour ultimatum to armed groups

    The United Nations Mission in the troubled Central African Republic, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, has given armed groups in the north of the country 48 hours to clear out. The Mission wants to clear a 50 kilometre perimeter… Read More ›

  • IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has recorded annual average GDP growth of about ten percent in the last decade, driven by public investments in agriculture and infrastructure. The poverty rate has fallen from 44 percent in 2000 to 23.5 percent in 2015/16.