The IMF's latest forecast downgrades US growth for the year from 3.3 percent to 2.6 percent. China and others will offset that, lifting the world economy to a nearly 5 percent expansion.
A picketer speaks to a riot policeman at the entrance to the Corte Ingles department store during a nationwide general strike in Malaga, Spain, on Wednesday.
A decade ago tuition reform was introduced to get European students to graduate in under five years. Today debate is hot over how struggling Eurozone countries can keep intact free education for all.
Europe looks to be serious about the structural change needed to solve its deficit and debt challenge. Will the US follow suit?
As differences persist over how to handle the debt crisis, momentum builds among European Union nations to either drop the euro or form new currency alliances.
The euro fell to a four-year low on Wednesday amid continued investor worries about Europe's sovereign debt woes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel banned naked short-selling, seeking to combine new regulation with an already announced $1 trillion euro rescue package, to shore up the currency.