News Headlines - 19 January 2016

IMF Cuts World Growth Forecast For Third Time

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has slashed its growth forecast for the global economy for the third time in less than a year as it predicted a "bumpier ride" for 2016.

Blaze breaks out at Paris Ritz - FT.com

A fire has broken out at Paris’s Ritz just weeks before the landmark hotel was scheduled to reopen following a three-year, €140m renovation.

Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in 21-month period, report says - CNN.com

Nearly 19,000 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 2014 and October 2015 -- a toll the United Nations calls "staggering" in a new report.

Japan's plan to drop swastikas as temple symbol sparks backlash - BBC News

A Japanese proposal to stop using swastikas to identify temples on tourist maps has sparked a backlash.

Japan rejoices as boyband Smap say they are not splitting up | The Guardian

Looking as if they were about to attend a funeral rather than proclaim a resurrection, the five members of one of Japan’s most successful bands of all time have announced that, contrary to media speculation, they aren’t splitting up after all.








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