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A blizzard initially billed as possibly one of the worst ever in New York left only moderate snow in the Big Apple -- and officials and forecasters red-faced -- as New England bore the brunt of the storm Tuesday. Travel bans were lifted and limited public transport resumed in New York, where officials were forced to launch a vigorous defense of the measures put in place as Winter Storm Juno moved in on Monday. "You plan the best you can and you lean toward safety," New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo told a news conference under a barrage of questioning.
International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde has warned that African economies could be hurt by a slowdown in China's economy and an imminent hike in United States interest rates. Lagarde, speaking on Tuesday on a visit to Rwanda, said IMF's global economic forecasts have been revised down over the past few months despite a huge fall in oil prices. Lagarde called for "vigilance" across Africa and added this slower growth has implications for a continent that is now more integrated into the global economy than ever before. "Momentum is slowing in many advanced and emerging economies, including China — one of Africa’s main trading partners," Lagarde told Rwandan lawmakers in the capital Kigali.