Kabul: An Afghan official says at least nine people have been killed when the truck they were riding in hit a roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province. Yousof Younosi, a provincial council member, says 18 civilians were wounded in the explosion on Monday afternoon in the district of Khakrez. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but Younosi blamed the Taliban who often use roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces in the province. He says women and children were among those killed but he couldn’t provide an exact breakdown. All the victims were members of the same family and their close relatives who were on their way to a shrine. Younosi added that some of the wounded are in critical condition.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 2:15 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve has a more downbeat outlook on the U.S. economy for 2013 and 2014 than it did three months ago.The Fed predicts that the economy will grow just 2 per cent to 2.3 per cent this year, down from its previous forecast in June of 2.3 per cent to 2.6 per cent growth.Next year’s economic growth will be a barely healthy 3 per cent, the Fed predicts.But the Fed’s policymakers expect the unemployment rate to fall to 7.1 per cent to 7.3 per cent by the end of 2013, slightly below its June forecast of 7.2 per cent to 7.3 per cent. It predicts that unemployment will fall as low as 6.4 per cent next year, down from 6.5 per cent in its June forecast.The unemployment rate is now 7.3 per cent. Federal Reserve sketches a gloomier outlook for US economic growth for this year and next