5 March 2015 Last updated at 20:17 ET

US banks pass first 'stress test'US Federal Reserve logo

All 31 US banks have passed the first hurdle in the Federal Reserve's latest round of annual "stress tests" to see how they would cope in the next economic crisis.

Chinese president Xi Jinping (L) and premier Li KeqiangChina sets 2015 growth target at 7%

China, the world's second-largest economy, has set its growth target at about 7% for this year, the government said.

EuroECB raises eurozone growth forecast

The European Central Bank raises this year's growth forecast for the eurozone to 1.5%, and says it will begin its quantitative easing programme next week.

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Will this be history's dullest budget?

The LibDems are intent on preventing George Osborne announcing any serious tax or spending reforms in the budget.

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