WASHINGTON Femme Nike Air Force 1-100 Basse Blanche Pas Cher , March 16 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday kept its benchmark short-term interest rates unchanged as widely expected, noting that "global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks" to the U.S. economy.
The Fed raised its target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 0.25-0.5 percent in December, the first rate hike in nearly a decade Nike Air Force 1 Special Field Haute Boots Blanche Pas Cher , marking the end of an era of extraordinary easing monetary policy.
But the turmoil in financial markets and a slowdown in global economy since the start of the year has raised increasing concerns about the strength of the U.S. economy, forcing Fed policymakers to hold off on any further rate hikes since.
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In a statement released Wednesday after a two-day policy meeting, the Fed said U.S. "economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace despite global economic and financial developments in recent months," but these developments continue to pose risks.
The changes in the statement on risks signaled that Fed officials are inclined to wait for more time to assess the U.S. economic outlook before raising interest rate again.
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About 76 percent of the business and academic economists said the Fed would wait until June to raise interest rates, while some 6 percent of economists predicted the central bank would increase interest rates in April Homme Nike Air Force 1 07 Basse Metallic Or Blanche Pas Cher , the latest survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal indicated.
The Fed's updated projections released Wednesday showed that policymakers expected the federal funds rate to rise to around 0.9 percent at the end of 2016, implying two quarter-percentage-point rate increases this year, down from four estimated in December.
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LONDON, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The suicide bomber who caused carnage at the Manchester Arena was named by police late Tuesday as Salman Abedi.
Abedi, 22 OFF White x Nike Air Force 1 Basse The Ten Blanche Pas Cher , was killed as he detonated an improvised explosive device on late Monday night when thousands of fans were leaving a concert at the Manchester Arena.
A total of 22 adults and children were killed in the explosion and another 59 were injured.
Manchester chief constable Ian Hopkins did not give details of the suspects address or any further information about him.
But Hopkins said a 23-year-old man had been arrested in the city as part of the investigation into the atrocity. Meanwhile, two houses in Manchester were also being searched.
Hopkins also appealed to drivers to hand police any video material from car dash board cameras recorded in the city center area between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time Monday night.
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MADRID， Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Spanish security forces arrested a 44-year-old Algerian jihadist suspect in the northern city of Bilbao on Tuesday.
The man was detained on charges of praising terrorist actions， indoctrination and spreading propaganda for the Islamic State (IS) through social network sites， the Spanish Interior Ministry said.
The suspect is also confirmed as having previously supported the organization Al-Qaeda， through the use of several online profiles.
His radicalization had increased in recent months， during which he hardly left his home， while his activities were developed under "careful security measures， especially his connections to the internet"， according to the Spanish Interior Ministry.
The propaganda he distributed is reported to have had a special abundance of content praising martyrs and those which justified the deaths of non-believers， who he described as "dogs".
The Ministry added that among his contacts were people related to drug smuggling and others who are under investigation for terrorism in other countries in the European Union.
Spanish investigators are working to discover all of his contacts in order to open new lines of investigation， it said.
This is the ninth arrest of a suspected jihadist supporter to take place in Spain in 2017 and the 187th since Spain was placed on a level 4 anti-terrorist alert in June 2015.
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