BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — After a period of relative calm, violence has flared anew Friday in the Central African Republic with shootouts at checkpoints, the destruction of a mosque and angry demonstrations against Chadian peacekeepers.
The US economy grew at a robust 4.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter, much faster than previously estimated, the Commerce Department said Friday. It was the strongest growth in the world's largest economy since the fourth quarter of 2011, when the pace hit 4.9 percent. The upward third-quarter revision was largely due to consumer spending that was much stronger than previously estimated, the department said. The department's third and final estimate of gross domestic product growth was sharply higher than the previously estimated 3.6 percent, as well as the 2.8 percent initially estimated.