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US Federal Reserve lowers interest rate for first time in over a decade

The US central bank cut interest rates for the first time since 2008, citing concerns about the global economy. The move comes amid economic uncertainties amid President Donald Trump's trade wars and Brexit.

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25 Sep 2021
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