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Soyuz spacecraft docks with International Space Station: NASA MOSCOW: A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station, NASA said.Samantha Cristoforetti, along with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts, arrived at the orbiting space lab on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft at 0249 GMT Monday, NASA said."A new vehicle has arrived. The Soyuz is confirmed as attached properly," high above the Pacific Ocean, NASA television added.Cristoforetti, Virts and Shkaplerov docked just under six hours after taking off from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They are to stay at the space station until May 2015.Their voyage will mean major food upgrades for the astronauts aboard, with nearly a kilo of caviar in their baggage and an espresso machine. "There will be 15 boxes of 30 grammes each of caviar, but also apples, oranges, tomatoes and 140 doses of freeze dried milk and black tea without sugar," a space station ...

Lavrov in Vienna for nuclear talks: RIA Novosti VIENNA: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Vienna on Sunday, RIA Novosti reported, to join troubled nuclear talks with Iran less than 36 hours before a deadline for a deal.Lavrov, a crucial player in the negotiations, was set to join US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.The British and French foreign ministers were due in Vienna later Sunday, while their Chinese colleague was expected by Monday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...
Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public TIRANA: The massive, top secret Cold War nuclear bunker of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha was opened to the public on Saturday, decades after it was built by the paranoid communist regime fearing an attack by the West that never came.The ex-dictator's bed, covered with a red mattress, is still in place in his bunker bedroom, with a Soviet-era radio placed on his bedside table. During Hoxha's 40-year rule, Albania was one of the world's ...
Polish local election results finally published after glitch WARSAW: Poland's electoral commission finally published last weekend's local election results overnight Saturday, after computer glitches had stopped the vote count and called the balloting process into question. The delay in publishing the results prompted opposition parties to question the credibility of the vote, though President Bronislaw Komorowski on Wednesday called the idea of an election re-run "complete madness".The official results confirmed exit poll predictions that the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) opposition of Jaroslaw ...
four soldiers, civilian killed in eastern Ukraine: officials KIEV: Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.One civilian, a 60-year-old man, was also killed in the eastern region of Lugansk on Friday, the governor's office announced.Ukrainian forces are locked in a struggle with pro-Moscow separatists for territory in eastern Ukraine.A ceasefire has been in place since early September but this has not stopped almost 1,000 ...
UN warns Ebola still far from over UNITED NATIONS: The head of the UN Ebola mission warned Friday that the world was "far, far away" from beating the deadly outbreak and said a huge increase in aid was needed to fight the virus in Africa."There is a long battle ahead of us," Anthony Banbury told the UN Security Council, which met two months after it declared the outbreak a threat to world security.Fighting the epidemic "is going to require a tremendous increase ...
British health volunteers heading to S. Leone to tackle Ebola LONDON: A first group of volunteers from Britain's state National Health Service were to depart Saturday for Sierra Leone to join the Ebola epidemic fightback, the UK government said.More than 30 NHS workers were to arrive in the capital Freetown on Sunday for a week of training before moving to British-built treatment centres around the west African country.The group includes doctors, nurses, clinicians, psychiatrists and emergency medicine consultants.The volunteers have gone through nine days of ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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