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Khartoum, a name that conjures up images of camels and pickup trucks mounting machine-guns, of caravans and camouflage. The capital of Sudan, a country that made headlines in the West because of the Darfur conflict. But it's by no means a shady rogue city. Today it's being modernised by oil wealth and is considered one of the safest city's in Africa. Tourists who visit Sudan usually start their trip in this place where the Blue and White Niles converge.

Two French entrepreneurs have launched a portable device to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Muslims who abide by dietary laws. With France's five million Muslims making up about eight percent of the overall population, the test, similar in size to a pregnancy test, aims to help consumers detect traces of pork not just in food, but also in cosmetics or medicines.
It has not been a good week or two for space travel. But "Interstellar," the new Oscar-tipped movie starring Matthew McConaughey, may just get a boost from the bad news. Days after a privately owned rocket exploded on take-off for the International Space Station (ISS), followed by the crash of a Virgin spaceship designed for tourists, film-goers just might have space on their minds - and pick "Interstellar" as their weekend movie.
In Bridge the hands well played as well as badly played both stick in the memory of a good Bridge player who never forgets such hands. Today's illustration is a dummy play problem that needs a thorough grasp of Bridge gadgetry to enable one to make the 10 tricks required in a contract of 4H bid as under on the following hands held by north south.
Lindsay Lohan pouts from the billboards of London's West End theatre district, where the Hollywood wildchild is making her stage debut in a bid to relaunch a career eclipsed by her off-screen antics.
Growing up in the Mexican border town of Tijuana, animator Jorge Gutierrez waited to see his people appear in Hollywood's animated fare.
Wearing socks with high-heel shoes has become the latest fashion trend. Several of the big haute couture houses have sent their models down the catwalks wearing socks and pumps. Gone are the days when socks and high heels automatically generated scowls and mocking comments.


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Banking Review 2013

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