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Britain's economy grew in 2014 at the fastest annual pace since before the financial crisis, despite a fourth-quarter slowdown, official data showed Tuesday in a pre-election boost to the government. Economists said the data was welcome news for the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, which faces an election in 100 days' time in May. The economy's 2014 performance marked an acceleration from 1.7-percent growth in 2013 and was in line with expectations, but undershot the government's official forecast for expansion of 3.0 percent. The announcement bolstered expectations that Britain was likely to have been the world's fastest growing major economy in last year.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah.