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By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

Global economy is growing at 3 per cent - best since 2011

The global economy is growing by about 3 per cent its highest rate since 2011 and a significant acceleration from last year, the United Nations said Monday.

In its annual economic report and forecast, the U.N. said the upturn stems predominantly from faster growth in all major developed economies, with east and south Asia remaining “the world’s most dynamic regions.”

US envoy: US believes China is trying to stop NKorea tests

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday the Trump administration believes China is using “back channel networking” with North Korea to try and get Kim Jong Un to stop nuclear and ballistic missile testing.

“We believe they are being productive,” she told reporters. “We do think they’re trying to counter what is happening now.”

UN test ban head: Israel should ratify treaty within 5 years

Israel should ratify the nuclear test ban treaty within five years — and Iran should also ratify but the timing is uncertain, the head of the U.N. organization established to implement the treaty said Wednesday.

Lassina Zerbo said in an interview with The Associated Press that Israel should be the next key country to ratify the treaty and he hopes it takes less than five years.