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Almost half the 683 people invited this year to join the organization that bestows the Oscars are women and nearly as many people of color, the body announced in a bid to honor its vow to push for more diversity. The record number of invitees include rising young stars John Boyega of "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson, Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and musician Mary J. Blige the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement. Of the class of 2016 -- which also includes Indian-Canadian director Deepa Mehta, Belgian-Kurdish filmmaker Sahim Omar Kalifa, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami and French director Catherine Breillat -- 283 are identified as international members representing 59 countries.
This was higher than the zero percent forecast by analysts surveyed by data provider Factset and offered good news to the European Central Bank that has been struggling to boost prices in the eurozone. The European Central Bank has embarked on an unprecedented stimulus programme in a desperate battle to kick-start sluggish growth and inflation in the eurozone. Slow eurozone growth has seen inflation slide in and out of negative territory, threatening a dangerous downward spiral of falling prices and wages.