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The EU cut Tuesday its eurozone growth forecasts for this year, warning that global risks including the slowdown in China and the danger of Britain leaving the bloc were harming the economic recovery. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, also warned that major member states France, Spain and Italy were on course to break the bloc's rules on public spending. Warning of increased global risks for the 19-country single currency area as it continues its sluggish recovery, the Commission trimmed its 2016 forecast to 1.6 percent from 1.7 percent.
A service member with the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group was killed by enemy fire in northern Iraq on Tuesday, the coalition said in a statement. "On May 3, 2016, a coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire," the statement said, without specifying the service member's nationality. US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said he believed the service member was American.
Rebel fire on a hospital in a government-controlled neighbourhood of Syria's second city Aleppo killed three women and wounded another 17 people on Tuesday, state media reported. The rockets hit Al-Dabbeet hospital in the Muhafaza district, state news agency SANA said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels had fired rockets and shells on government-controlled western districts of the city throughout the day.