A Chinese flag at a construction site in Beijing's business district. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

China's economy grew 6.4% in the first quarter of 2019 on an annual basis — the same pace the economy grew in the previous period and below the 6.8% seen in last year’s first quarter — exceeding analysts' 6.3% growth estimate, the government said Tuesday.

Why it matters: The better-than-expected GDP growth is the latest economic indicator to surprise to the upside after the economy was feared to be slowing as recently as December. It has previously been accused of providing inaccurate statistics.

The big picture: In recent months, China has pumped billions of dollars into the economy, government officials have encouraged state-run banks increase lending and the central bank has lowered interest rates.

Yes, but "analysts say it is too early to call a sustainable turnaround, and further [fiscal and monetary] policy support is likely needed," as Reuters reports.

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Zeta, now a Category 2 Hurricane, makes landfall on Louisiana coast

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Zeta, classified as a "significant" Category 2 hurricane, made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana on Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday. The hurricane is producing 110-mph maximum sustained winds and stronger gusts. The core of Zeta — including its destructive eyewall — moved ashore near Cocodrie.

Supreme Court won't expedite Pennsylvania GOP's request to block mail-in ballot extension

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The Supreme Court voted 5-3 on Wednesday to deny a bid from Pennsylvania Republicans to expedite their request to shorten the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots. Newly-confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the decision.

Why it matters: A lower court ruling allowing ballots to be counted until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, will remain in place for now.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

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The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.