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Americans killed in Kabul worked on Afghan aircraft WASHINGTON: Three American contractors killed in an apparent "insider attack" at Kabul airport were helping on maintenance of a small turboprop plane used by the Afghan air force, US defence officials said Friday. The fatal shootings on Thursday at the heavily guarded airport were carried out by an Afghan wearing military uniform who fired a few bursts from an automatic weapon before he was killed in return fire, officials said. A fourth US contractor was wounded. The contractors were overseeing maintenance work on a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, a single-engine plane that is also used by the US Air Force for special operations forces.An American firm, Sierra Nevada Corp, received a contract in 2012 to provide 18 modified versions of the plane for the Afghan army's special forces.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Black teen's killer won't face assault charges: US media MIAMI: A Florida man cleared two years ago of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that fueled debate about racism in the US won't face charges over recent allegations of assault, local media reported.A woman described as his ex-girlfriend told police George Zimmerman had thrown a wine bottle at her in a domestic dispute. However, she is no longer cooperating with authorities, prompting police to drop the charges, the Orlando Sentinel reported ...
NASA delays soil study satellite launch for 'repairs' MIAMI: NASA has pushed back the launch of a satellite to study soil moisture to Saturday, so that it can perform "minor repairs" to the launch rocket."The launch of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, which will produce the highest-resolution maps of soil moisture ever obtained from space, has been delayed to a targeted launch date of January 31," the US space agency said on its website.NASA said that repairs to minor "de-bonds" in ...
Canada gives spy agency new anti-terror powers OTTAWA: Canada's spy agency will be granted new powers Friday to thwart terror plots in a security overhaul precipitated by twin jihadist attacks three months ago.The October 20 and 22 attacks in Quebec province and in the capital Ottawa, targeting soldiers and Parliament, revealed gaps in Canadian defenses against terrorism.In the aftermath of the terror attacks -- the first ever on Canadian soil -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to beef up security, recently giving ...
Mitt Romney not running for president in 2016 WASHINGTON: Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will not make another White House run in 2016, following weeks of speculation he would mount another campaign."After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said during a conference call with supporters, broadcast live by CNN."I believe that one of our next generation ...
Kerry to travel to Ukraine next week: US WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry is to head to Ukraine next week to underline Washington's support of the country in the face of attacks by pro-Russian rebels.The State Department said Friday that Kerry would arrive in Kiev on February 5 and meet Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Police in El Salvador arrest 117 over gang activities SAN SALVADOR: Police in El Salvador on Thursday arrested 117 people as they staged raids targeting gang members across the country, officials said.Weapons and ammunition were seized in the operations, which were conducted in the departments of San Vicente, La Paz, Cabanas and elsewhere.Street gangs have for years plagued El Salvador and other Central American countries like Guatemala.Although rival gangs in El Salvador have supposedly observed a truce since 2012, the homicide rate in the ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
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