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US welcomes Israel release of Palestinian tax revenue WASHINGTON: The United States welcomed Israel's decision on Friday to release frozen tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, three months after freezing the payments to protest unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood."We certainly hope both sides would be able to build on this," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said. "We think it's an important step." Rathke told reporters at a briefing the move will benefit the Palestinian people and said that having a functioning Palestinian Authority is important to stability in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the funds would be sent for humanitarian reasons and in line with "Israel's interests." The move may be seen as a bid to build bridges, particularly with the White House, which criticized hawkish comments about the Palestinians that Netanyahu made in the run-up to his election victory this month.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Mexico unveils national strategy ahead of Paris climate talks WASHINGTON: Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the United Nations ahead of a key climate summit in Paris in December. Mexico's Foreign and Environment Ministries presented the national climate submission in Mexico City, unveiling a strategy to begin reducing emissions by 2026, leading to a 22 percent reduction in greenhouse gases below business-as-usual levels by ...
Two missing, 25 hurt after NY building collapse NEW YORK: Two people were missing on Friday after an explosion brought down three buildings and damaged a fourth property in New York's popular East Village, injuring 25 people, city officials said.Preliminary indications suggest the incident, which triggered a fire that lingered into a second day, was gas-related, raising fresh concerns about safety in some of Manhattan's older buildings.Police listed two people as unaccounted for early Friday. Local media identified them as a young man ...
US Senate threatens Iran with new sanctions WASHINGTON: The US Senate voted unanimously on Thursday supporting a non-binding measure to slap new economic sanctions on Iran should it violate terms of any nuclear deal it reaches with world powers.In a symbolic measure aimed at building pressure on Tehran amid crunch negotiations over its atomic program, lawmakers voted 100-0 on an amendment introduced by Senate Republican Mark Kirk as part of an ongoing budget debate.It does not carry the weight of law because ...
Death toll from Peru landslides climbs to nine LIMA: The death toll from landslides in three small Peruvian communities has risen to nine following the discovery of a young girl in a river on Thursday, an official said.Roads were destroyed and homes wiped away or buried on Monday following torrential rain in the Chosica, Santa Eulalia and Cocachacra communities located around 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Lima."The ninth victim, less than 11 years old, the daughter of the Cocachacra mayor... was found ...
Mexico marks six months since 43 students vanished MEXICO CITY: Mexico marked six months Thursday since the disappearance of 43 college students, with a new protest planned by parents rejecting the investigation's conclusion that a gang slaughtered the young men.The case has become the biggest challenge of President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration, with a Reforma newspaper opinion poll showing that his approval rating remained at a low 39 percent.Relatives will lead a march in Mexico City and demand that the National Electoral Institute ...
UN boosts peace force for Central African Republic UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Thursday decided to boost the UN force in the Central African Republic by 1,050 peacekeepers as the country prepares for elections.The 15-member council unanimously adopted a French-drafted resolution that provides for an increase of 750 military personnel, 280 police and 20 corrections officers.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had asked for the troop increase in February, arguing that the additional forces would help enhance security during and after the ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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