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Hamilton, Rosberg set for title duel in desert ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton targets the 2014 Formula One world title on Sunday despite starting the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix behind pole-sitting team-mate Nico Rosberg, the only man who can deny him a second championship.The British driver, who won his first world title in 2008, has a 17-point lead over fellow-Mercedes man Rosberg, but the concluding event of the season offers double points, a factor adding extra spice to the mix.Hamilton is still the overwhelming favourite, having captured 10 of the races this season which has seen Mercedes monopolise the championship.Hamilton and Rosberg, childhood friends and rivals, have been waging a war of words ahead of Sunday's showdown (1300GMT) after a season which has seen them clash on the track, most notably in Monaco and Belgium.On Saturday, Hamilton rejected Rosberg's jibe that he may crack under pressure in the desert duel.Rosberg, who snatched pole from Hamilton in the final ...


Azarenka, Ivanovic to play in Brisbane International SYDNEY: Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic will play in the Brisbane International joining Maria Sharapova in a strong field, organisers said on Sunday.Dual Australian Open champion Azarenka and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic confirmed their entry alongside five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova and Australia's 2011 US Open title-holder Sam Stosur.Their entry takes the number of Grand Slam champions set to play in Brisbane in January to seven, with the four women's champions to be ...

Raptors match top record as Cavaliers lose again CLEVELAND: Lou Williams scored 36 points to spark Toronto over Cleveland 110-93 Saturday as the Raptors matched the NBA's best record while stretching the Cavaliers' losing streak to four games.Kyle Lowry added 23 points while DeMar DeRozan added 20 as the Atlantic division-leading Raptors improved to 11-2, pulling level with the Memphis Grizzlies for the best record in the league.The Cavaliers fell to 5-7, the team still trying to mesh the skills of four-time NBA ...

South Africa win toss and bat in 5th ODI v Australia SYDNEY: South Africa won the toss and chose to bat in the fifth and final one-day international against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.Australia, who will go number one in the ICC ODI rankings with victory in the final dead match, made one enforced change with Josh Hazlewood replacing paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile, who injured his hamstring in Friday's game.The Proteas have a new captain with Hashim Amla taking over from AB de Villiers, ...

Vargas retains WBA super lightweight crown in Macau MACAU: American Jessie Vargas outpointed his Mexican rival Antonio DeMarco Sunday to retain his World Boxing Association super lightweight title in a pulsating fight in Macau.The champion from Las Vegas, with legendary fighter Roy Jones Jr making his debut as a trainer in his corner, got the better of his valiant opponent in a fight which exploded into life from the fifth round onwards.Both men were heavily marked at the end of a toe-to-toe 12-round ...

China's Zou batters ‘mini-Manny’ to earn world title shot MACAU: China's double Olympic gold medal-winning flyweight Zou Shiming dismantled an experienced and durable Thai opponent over 12 rounds to earn a world title shot next year.In just his sixth fight the Chinese star gave his best performance since turning pro after winning gold at London 2012.The unbeaten Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym by contrast was in his 28th pro bout and raised cheers among the huge Filipino contingent with his uncanny resemblance to their hero Manny Pacquiao.But ...

Philippines bounce back to beat Laos 4-1 HANOI: Winger Patrick Reichlet scored twice as the Philippines fought back from a goal down to beat Laos 4-1 in the opening match of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday.Khampheng Sayavutthi opened the scoring for the underdogs with a sublime, curling free-kick in the 21st minute as Laos threatened an upset at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.But the diminutive side were pegged back five minutes before halftime when Filipino rightback Simone Rota rose ...


 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln