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Dodgers ace Kershaw back with a vengeance WASHINGTON: Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made a triumphant return to the mound on Tuesday after six weeks sidelined by a muscle strain in his upper back.In his first start since the Dodgers' season-opener in Australia on March 22, Kershaw pitched seven shut-out innings in an 8-3 Los Angeles victory over the Washington Nationals.Kershaw gave up nine hits and struck out nine without a walk.The left-hander threw 23-of-28 first-pitch strikes and didn't give up an extra-base hit.The Dodgers provided the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner -- who inked a seven-year contract extension worth $215 million in January -- with plenty of run support.Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and two runs batted in and Drew Butera belted a three-run homer in the victory.Dee Gordon added two hits and a brace of runs scored, while Andre Ethier finished 2-for-5 with an RBI.Los Angeles' ...

Federer withdraws, Li, Sharapova advance in Madrid MADRID: Roger Federer became the second of the world's top four to pull out of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday as he has decided to stay at home with his wife Mirka as they await the birth of their third child.The 17-time Grand Slam champion's withdrawal comes just two days after world number two Novak Djokovic also decided not to compete in the Spanish capital due to a wrist injury."I've decided to withdraw from Madrid ...
French scrum-half loses eye and licence PARIS: French scrum-half Florian Cazenave was stripped of his French Rugby Federation (FFR) licence on Monday after losing his eye in a domestic accident. The 24-year-old Perpignan half-back lost the eye after sustaining a bad injury in June last year, and following a lengthy rehabilitation process had been given the medical green light to resume playing.But the FFR ruled against renewing his licence."The FFR rules are very clear: when you've lost a bilateral organ, there ...
O'Sullivan unhurt in crash following final defeat LONDON: Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan walked away from a car accident with his six-year-old son Ronnie Jnr unhurt, just hours after losing the World Championship final against Mark Selby in Sheffield, the BBC said. The five-time world champion, 38, and his boy were travelling in a two-seater Audi sports car when they lost control on the M1 motorway just outside Leicester at approximately 1.30 (0030 GMT) in the morning. Sullivan conceded his world crown for ...
Durant named NBA Most Valuable Player NEW YORK: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 season on Tuesday.It's the first MVP award for the Thunder's superstar, who captured his fourth scoring title in five seasons.Durant totalled 1,232 points in balloting for the MVP award. That included 119 first-place votes from a panel of 124 voters that consisted of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an ...
Federer withdraws from Madrid to be with pregnant wife MADRID: Roger Federer has pulled out of the Madrid Masters this week as his wife Mirka is due to give birth to the couple's third child."I've decided to withdraw from Madrid to be with my wife Mirka during these next few exciting weeks for our family," he said on his official Facebook page."I apologise to my fans and hope to be back in Madrid next year. I'll be training near my home, and am excited ...
Van Gaal kicks off World Cup preparations with Dutch-based players THE HAGUE: Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will kick off World Cup preparations on Wednesday with a training camp for 20 players based in The Netherlands.Van Gaal is still unable to call up a full squad because of players' committments in foreign leagues.Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo and strikers Juergen Locadia (PSV) and Luc Castaignos (FC Twente) are the uncapped trio in the 20-strong camp summoned to Hoenderloo.Van Gaal will unveil his pre-selection of 30 players ...


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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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