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The US unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in August, the lowest since early 2008, as the economy motored steadily ahead despite a global slowdown, the Labor Department said Friday. A modest 173,000 new jobs were created last month, below what was forecast, and there were some signs that the US jobs machine was still only in second gear -- wage growth remained slow, and labor force participation was still very low. "The weakness in August employment should not be over-interpreted," said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at economic consultancy IHS.
Striker Mario Goetze scored twice to seal Germany's 3-1 win over Poland on Friday as the hosts avenged last year's away defeat to top their Euro 2016 qualifying group. Having lost the corresponding fixture 2-0 in Warsaw last October -- Germany's first defeat to their neighbours in 19 matches -- the world champions gained sweet revenge by knocking Adam Nawalka's Poland from top of Group D. It was Poland's first defeat in seven Euro 2016 qualifiers and this was an impressive display from the Germans after several below-par performances last season.
BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of migrants, stymied by Hungarian authorities who had halted trains to Germany, began a final march toward freedom Friday, breaking away from police and heading on foot for the western border.