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GENEVA (AP) — The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy claimed the lives of at least 1,083 migrants over the past week — mostly because barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors.
The official Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI), which tracks activities in the country's factories and workshops, came in at 50.1 on Wednesday, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The figure was unchanged from April and just below the March figure of 50.2, but beat economists' median expectations of 50 in a survey by Bloomberg News. China's economy is a vital driver of global expansion.