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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 Friday.The 31-year-old Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the Martin killing in 2013, has had a number of brushes with the law since.Later in 2013 his then-wife Shellie Zimmerman called police claiming he threatened her and her father with a gun, but she also refused to press charges.Several months later Zimmerman was arrested for domestic violence but a girlfriend changed her story and charges were again withdrawn.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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 ...
'Peace between us,' Raul Castro says of US ties BELEN: Cuban President Raul Castro gave an endorsement to peace between the United States and his communist country Thursday, with the two nations in talks to restore ties after decades of animosity.Asked by a journalist at a summit of Latin American and Caribbean states what he would most like to see after the US economic embargo of Cuba is lifted, Castro barked: "Peace, peace between us, peace between the United States and us."Living peacefully, as ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln