Investors are focused on the Federal Reserve's next move, following the Fed's first policy-setting meeting of the year, as the central bank rushes to pull back its support for the economy and shifts to tacking inflation.
The organization reduced its estimate for economic growth in 2022 to 4.4 percent from its earlier prediction of 4.9 percent. It warned that larger-than-expected slowdowns in the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, could drag down global output.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain said leaders in Europe and the United States were unified in their determination to prevent a Russian invasion of Ukraine and prepared to level severe, coordinated sanctions in response to any Russian attack.
A Pentagon spokesman said thousands of soldiers were placed in a 'heightened preparedness to deploy' in response to a range of possible aggressive actions from Russia on Ukraine and NATO allies in Eastern Europe.
Three firefighters were killed and another was critically injured after part of a row house collapsed, trapping them inside as they battled a blaze, the authorities said. The fire is under investigation.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain ordered an inquiry into an allegation of Islamophobia made by Nusrat Ghani, a former transport minister who said she lost her job in part because of her 'Muslimness.'
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