The World Bank has given the global economy an upbeat assessment. It says both establised and emerging economies will grow in 2014.
Two years on from the Paris Agreement, a summit in the French capital has mobilized investors to fight global warming. But critics say that when it comes to government funding, France in particular needs to do more.
German economic growth in the third quarter has beaten analysts' expectations as stronger investment propelled GDP expansion in Europe's powerhouse. Some pundits see a risk of the economy overheating.
High-achievers such as Singapore and Korea are used to acing the Pisa study in math, reading and science, now they can add teammwork to their portfolio. And German pupils showed they can hold their own at global level.
The world's largest economy has seen its total output expand by a rate that the US President had expected to see because of his tax and investment policy. But for all of 2017, the rate will be hard to maintain.
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