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Blanc looking for PSG improvement against Barcelona PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc is confident his side can raise their game when they face Barcelona next month looking for the draw that will take them into the Champions League last 16 as Group F winners.Both sides had already qualified for the knockout stage before recording wins on Tuesday, with PSG beating Ajax 3-1 at the Parc des Princes and Barcelona crushing APOEL Nicosia 4-0 in Cyprus with the help of a Lionel Messi hat-trick.And the French champions are a point clear at the top of the section, meaning a draw at the Camp Nou in a fortnight will see them progress as winners of their group for the third season running and, in theory, set up a kinder draw in the next round.A brace from Edinson Cavani either side of a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike gave Paris their eighth straight win in all competitions and maintained their unbeaten ...

Mourinho tells Chelsea to turn results into titles GELSENKIRCHEN: Jose Mourinho has challenged Chelsea to turn results into titles after their 5-0 away drubbing of Schalke 04 put them in the Champions League's last 16 as group winners.Mourinho's Premier League leaders brushed aside Robert Di Matteo's ineffective Schalke in Gelsenkirchen as captain John Terry put them ahead within just two minutes of the kick-off.Further first-half scores by Willian and an own goal from defender Jan Kirchhoff were followed by second-half strikes from Didier ...

Pellegrini urges Man City to seize chance MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini urged his side to finish the job after they breathed life into their flatlining Champions League campaign by beating 10-man Bayern Munich 3-2.Having seen Sergio Aguero put City ahead from the penalty spot after Mehdi Benatia had been sent off at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, Bayern hit back through Xabi Alonso's low free-kick and Robert Lewandowski's header.But Aguero punished a mistake by Alonso to equalise in the 85th ...

More scans for Hughes as he fights for life SYDNEY: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was to have more scans Wednesday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain as players rallied around the bowler who inflicted the damage.The 25-year-old, who was pressing for a Test recall, was knocked out by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a freak incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, crumbling to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head.He underwent surgery and was in an ...

British trio on brink of Europa League knockout phase PARIS: Everton, Tottenham and Celtic can wrap up their places in the Europa League knockout stage in Thursday's penultimate batch of group matches.Red Bull Salzburg, Dinamo Moscow, Fiorentina and Legia Warsaw are already guaranteed their place in the last-32.That leaves 20 places still up for grabs from the group phase with eight third-place finishers from the Champions League also set to parachute into the draw. Roberto Martinez's Everton side are enjoying a fine return to ...

McIlroy, Scott reignite duel at Australian Open SYDNEY: World number one Rory McIlroy returns to defend his Australian Open title this week with Adam Scott itching for revenge after last year's final hole anguish.The Northern Irishman is coming off a stellar year and heads into the Sydney tournament as Europe's top player for the second time in three years.McIlroy won two majors (the British Open and the US PGA Championship), a World Golf Championship title (WGC-Bridgestone) and the flagship event of the ...

Nadal will surprise us again, says Kuerten LONDON: Three-times French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten knows what it is like to have a career plagued by injury but believes Rafael Nadal will come back strong from his latest ailments.Spaniard Nadal has not played since a shock defeat by Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon, since when a wrist problem and a troublesome appendix have sidelined the former world number one.Nadal, whose ninth French Open title in June was a rare highlight in a difficult year, ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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