European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gave hints that he may continue the central bank's bond-buying program through this year, saying the economy of the 28-member bloc is weaker than he previously expected.

What's happening: The central bank just last month began to phase out its bond purchase stimulus program that has totaled 2.5 trillion euros, in a first step toward higher interest rates. Interest rates on some deposits are still negative in the euro zone.

Germany's 5-year low in economic growth reported this week along with unimpressive reports from Italy, Britain, France and Spain (the euro zone's largest economies) in recent months have given that impression, even as the bank said it would solider on raising interest rates and cut its 15 billion euro per month stimulus.

  • Draghi also highlighted risks from Brexit and the economic slowdown in China.

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Fauci says if people won't wear masks, maybe it should be mandated

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Friday evening that if "people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it."

Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

Harris to Black voters: Casting a ballot is about honoring your ancestors

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks at a "Get Out The Vote" rally at Morehouse College. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris appealed to Black voters in Georgia on Friday, urging them to "honor the ancestors" by casting ballots, and again calling President Trump a "racist."

Why it matters: The U.S. saw a significant decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Higher turnout among Black Americans this year could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in key battleground states, including Georgia.

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