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BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it will boost defense spending by 10.1 percent, a smaller rise than last year but in line with large annual increases that have drawn concern among the country's neighbors over Beijing's military and territorial ambitions.
BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial spent the first day of testimony listening to heartbreaking stories from victims and watching graphic videos of blown-off limbs, bloody sidewalks and chaos after the 2013 attack.
The European Central Bank, meeting in Cyprus on Thursday, is set to update its economic forecasts and reveal details of its new bond purchase programme, analysts said. Greece will also be high on the agenda of the ECB's decision-making governing council, following the recent eurozone deal to extend aid to the debt-wracked country, the experts said. The eurozone's central bank is holding its second monetary policy meeting of the year in Nicosia instead of its usual venue of Frankfurt. After revealing its plans for quantitative easing (QE) in January, the ECB will focus on fleshing out the details of that programme rather than announcing any new measures, analysts said.