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In Brief: Germany urged to spend by IMF

THE International Monetary Fund is halving its growth forecast for Germany as the euro area's recession continues to hold back the region's largest economy.

In its regular assessment of the country, the IMF said that the revised 2013 growth forecast of 0.3pc, from 0.6pc two months earlier, is a result of the persistent uncertainty stemming from the eurozone's debt crisis.

The organisation says Germany should maintain its prudent budget policies to "avoid overperforming on (fiscal) consolidation" which would dent growth.

 

I WED BEFORE I LOST LOOKS: KHAN

BOXER Amir Khan has revealed he wanted to marry before he lost his looks.

The 26-year-old tied the knot with US student Faryal Makhdoom (21) at the Waldorf Astoria in New York at the weekend.

And he said he is a changed man, joking: "I had to get in there and tie the knot quickly, before I got beaten up in too many fights and lose my looks.

"I won't be going out as much partying with my friends. I want to do the family thing."

 

VANDAL PAINTED STREET CROSSING

A MAN is facing vandalism charges after authorities say he painted a crossing on a street, allegedly telling officials it was needed.

Anthony Cardenas (52) was arrested in Vallejo, in Northern California, US, on suspicion of felony vandalism.

A police spokesman said workers spotted Cardenas committing the vandalism at a city junction that already has three crossings.

He said Cardenas also painted lines through the existing crossings.

 

JFK ASSASSIN HIDEOUT FOR SALE

THE Dallas house where Lee Harvey Oswald lived in the weeks leading up to the assassination of JFK has gone on the market for $500,000 (€382,000).

The house has been in Patricia Hall's family since about 1942.

Accused assassin Oswald rented a room in the house on October 14, 1963, from Hall's granny Gladys Johnson. He returned there on November 22, 1963, 30 minutes after Kennedy was shot.


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