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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 budget resolutions are not binding legislation, but it signals senators' determination to act quickly should Iran fail to meet any requirements of the interim accord now in place, or a possible final agreement.With Thursday's vote, the first on the Senate floor since talks began early last year, the measure's author intends to hold his colleagues to account. "If we find out that there's further development in the Iran nuclear program, it will allow me to ...

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 ...
US Ebola patient's condition improves: NIH WASHINGTON: An American healthcare worker in treatment after becoming infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has improved and is now in serious condition, the National Institutes of Health said Thursday.The patient, who has not been identified, was evacuated from Sierra Leone on March 14 and brought to the NIH's Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland just outside Washington for treatment."The status of the patient with Ebola virus disease being treated at the NIH Clinical ...
Bill Clinton to lead US delegation to Lee Kuan Yew funeral WASHINGTON: Former president Bill Clinton will lead a delegation from the United States to the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding leader who died at age 91 on Monday.Henry Kissinger, a former US secretary of state, will also be in the party sent by President Barack Obama, a White House statement said Wednesday.Lee, who oversaw the city-state's transformation from a poor British colonial outpost into one of the world's richest societies, will be ...
US officials in Cuba on telecoms follow-up HAVANA: A US delegation was in Cuba, following up on the reestablishment of normal telecommunications links as part of their bid to normalize relations, authorities said on Wednesday.The team was being led by Daniel Sepulveda, deputy assistant secretary of state and coordinator for international communications and information policy, the communications ministry said.Deputy Communications Minister Jose Luis Perdomo briefed Sepulveda and his colleagues on Cuba's computer systems and cybersecurity, a ministry statement added.Earlier this month, Cuba's ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
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