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Cheers! Furloughed workers offered a free beer (or two)

Many furloughed federal workers are having trouble putting groceries on the table, but at least they can get a free beer, thanks to a Washington-area group who want to brighten the mood of those caught up in the long government shutdown.

EXPLAINER-The latest cash crunch behind Zimbabwe's protests

Protests against fuel price hikes in Zimbabwe have entered their third day, posing a major challenge for President Emmerson Mnangagwa who replaced long-time leader Robert Mugabe and promised to repair the creaking economy. The crisis will not be easy to fix. There is a severe shortage of dollars, fuel and medicines, while inflation hit 31 percent in November, the highest in a decade. Foreign investors are, by and large, staying away.

UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 16

Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 3 points lower at 6,895.02 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with FTSE 100 futures down 0.01 percent ahead of the cash market open.

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 16

Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 3 points lower at 6,895.02 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * MARKS & SPENCER: British retailer Marks & Spencer has announced the next 17 stores it will close as part of its programme to reshape its business, putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk. * SAGE: Sage Group Plc said on Tuesday it would sell its U.S. payroll outsourcing business for 78 million pounds ($100.08 million) as part of the softwar

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