U.S., Russia diplomats to hold high level meeting on Venezuela

Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and other Russian officials in Rome March 18-19 to discuss the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, the State Department announced in a press release Special Representative Abrams will also meet with Italian officials, including Prime Minister Diplomatic Advisor Pietro Benassi. Source: World news Monitor

China economy slows further as industrial output growth slumps to lowest in a decade

  • Industrial production growth slowed to 5.3 per cent in January and February compared to the same period last year, down from 5.7 per cent growth in December
  • Unemployment rate rose to 5.3 per cent in January and February from 4.9 per cent in December, according to the National Bureau of Statistics

China’s economy slowed further in the first two months of 2019 as the growth of industrial production fell to its lowest rate in a decade. Source: South China Morning Post