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Britain's economy grew far slower than expected in the first quarter of 2015, official data showed Tuesday, delivering a blow to the government just nine days before a general election. Gross domestic product expanded by 0.3 percent between January and March compared with 0.6 percent in the final quarter of 2014, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in an initial estimate. As neither is expected to win an outright majority in the election, they will likely have to team up with one or more smaller parties in order to govern, such as the Scottish National Party (SNP). "GDP figures show our economy is still growing, but we can't take the recovery for granted," Cameron tweeted following Tuesday's data.
Indonesia made final preparations Tuesday to execute eight foreigners by firing squad, as weeping family members paid last visits to their loved ones and ambulances carrying white coffins arrived at the drug convicts' prison. Relatives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison appealing for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran's sister collapsing in grief. Authorities in Indonesia have refused to disclose exactly when the executions will take place, but Sukumaran's mother Raji tearfully told reporters that her son would be put to death at midnight Tuesday (1700 GMT). The executions were widely expected early Wednesday after inmates were given formal notice on Saturday, after which authorities must wait a minimum of 72 hours.