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Better techniques and policies have given children born from artificial fertilisation a much better chance of survival and good health, a Scandinavian study said on January 21. Doctors looked at data from 1988 to 2007 from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden for more than 92,000 children born through assisted reproduction technology (ART), the term for in-vitro and other methods. Of them, more than 62,000 were single births, also called singletons, and more than 29,000 were twins.

Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds. The product, called Reon, comes in flavours such as "grapefruit & zing" and "black currant & fresh". For now it is only sold in the English city of Manchester and online.
Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa said Saturday. Embrapa said its genetics and biotech division, teaming up with UnB scientists, had discovered "previously unknown protein fragments" with morphine-like effects in that they possess "analgesic and mildly tranquillising" qualities.
The condition of winter crops in Black Sea region grain growers Russia and Ukraine are worse than last year due to a dry autumn and the new harvest is unlikely to exceed 2014's record level, analysts and traders said. Russia's 2015 grain crop prospects look weak due to the poorer winter grain conditions and a 40-percent slump in the value of Russia's rouble currency which has led to export curbs, higher credit rates and higher import costs, analysts and an industry lobby group said.
Malaysian palm oil inventories probably fell to a five-month low in December, a Reuters survey found on Tuesday, after monsoon floods disrupted harvesting and transportation in parts of the world's second-biggest grower. The drop in stockpiles may give a boost to palm prices, which last year clocked their first decline since 2012, under pressure from a record supply of rival edible oils and a plunge in crude oil prices.
Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, plans to open its first plant in Russia in coming years, stepping up its activities in the world's fourth largest grain producer as it seeks to counter the effects of a plunging rouble. The rouble has almost halved in value against the dollar in the past year, hit by falling oil prices, a crumbling economy and political tensions, making local production more attractive.
Palm oil prices on the European vegetable oils market were lower on Thursday, weighed by poor demand and weakness in the crude oil market. The drop in crude oil prices has helped to reduce demand from the biofuels sector while dealers also cited slow demand from key buyers such as China and India.


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 22, 2015
Reserves $10.331 bln