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Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar: WHO GENEVA: An outbreak of plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organization said, warning that the disease could spread rapidly in the country's densely populated capital Antananarivo.The first victim was identified on August 31 in a district to the west of the capital, and died three days later, the UN health agency said in a statement Friday.By mid-November, some 119 plague cases had been confirmed, with two percent of them of the pneumonic strain -- one of the deadliest infectious diseases with a very high mortality rate.Plague mostly affects rats and is spread by fleas, but humans can also contract the disease if they are bitten by an infected flea.The situation in Madagascar is all the more worrying because of a high level of resistance to insecticides targeting fleas, the UN health agency said.There have been three plague pandemics since the Middle Ages, inflicting an estimated death ...

Gunmen execute 28 on Kenya bus near Somalia border GARISSA: Gunmen seized a bus in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border early Saturday and executed 28 passengers, police said, blaming the attack on Shebab extremists."I can confirm .... that 28 innocent travellers were brutally executed by the Shebab," said regional police chief Noah Mwavinda, referring to the Somali militant group. He said the gunmen forced the bus to stop and drove it to the side of the road, where they proceeded to kill passengers.Copyright ...
Hope in Liberia, anxiety in Mali as Ebola battle rages MONROVIA: Liberia has set itself the target of halting Ebola by the end of the year, but the battle is far from over in the rest of west Africa.World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Friday that despite gains against the deadly epidemic the new outbreak in Mali was "very worrisome"."We must get to zero cases. Ebola is not a disease where you can leave a few cases and say you've done enough," he said ...
Fears of army influence as interim Burkina PM picks team OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso army strongman and new Prime Minister Isaac Zida is set Saturday to name his ministerial team, amid fears of continued military influence over the phased return to democratic rule.Lieutenant Colonel Zida, in charge of Burkina Faso since the ouster of veteran leader Blaise Compaore three weeks ago, formally handed power to interim civilian President Michel Kafando on Friday.Zida presented a Burkinabe flag to Kafando, who waved it before the crowd gathered in ...
Ousted Burkina president arrives in Morocco from I Coast RABAT: Burkina Faso's deposed president Blaise Compaore arrived in Morocco from Ivory Coast, where he has been in exile since his ouster in a popular revolt last month, the Moroccan foreign ministry announced early Friday.Compaore, 63, arrived with five other people for a "fixed-term visit," it said in a statement released on the official MAP news agency, without mentioning any time-frame."The kingdom of Morocco, which has strong historic, human and political links with Burkina Faso, ...
Widow of Zambian president joins succession race LUSAKA: The battle for Zambia's presidency became even more of a family affair on Wednesday with late leader Michael Sata's widow joining the race to become the ruling party's candidate.Christine Kaseba joins Sata's stepson Mulenga and his nephew Miles Sampa, who have also declared themselves in the running to be the governing Patriotic Front's candidate. The country is set to go to the polls on January 20.According to private radio station-radio Phoenix, Kaseba said she ...
Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone FREETOWN: A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone became the latest of nearly 600 health workers to have contracted the virus, amid fresh warnings that the fight against the disease is far from over.The deadliest outbreak of Ebola ever has now killed 5,420 people and infected 15,145, according to new World Health Organization figures Wednesday, with Sierra Leone seeing the steepest increase in new cases.Cuba has played a large role in intensifying global ...

 



 
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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