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Muslim Americans welcome first NY Eid school holiday NEW YORK: New York marks a milestone in the fight for equality Thursday when 1.1 million children in America's largest school district will take the day off to mark Eid al-Adha.It is a small but hard-won victory at a time when American Muslims complain of growing Islamophobia and worsening anti-Muslim rhetoric following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.For the first time, more than 1,800 public schools in New York will close for the Muslim feast of sacrifice, a day after also closing for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the new policy in March, announcing that New York public schools would get two days off for Eid al-Fitr, which falls during the summer, and Eid al-Adha, in addition to major Christian and Jewish holidays.Since then, city hall has added a further day off -- February 8, 2016 -- for Lunar New Year, celebrated by ...

Obama to offer pope heartfelt White House welcome WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis at the White House for the first time Wednesday, warmly embracing the Catholic pontiff seen as both a moral authority and potent political ally.The packed and bedecked South Lawn will echo to strains of the Pontifical Anthem and a thundering 21-gun salute, as the 78-year-old is afforded a full ceremonial welcome on his historic maiden visit to the United States.Washington -- a city that ordinarily shrugs its ...
Arizona police nab suspect in highway shootings LOS ANGELES: Police in the southwestern US state of Arizona said late Friday that they caught a suspect in a spate of shootings targeting motorists on a busy freeway."We got him!" read a tweet from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.A SWAT team from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) "is in custody of the individual suspected of I-10 shootings. Apprehended moments ago.""Subject is in custody because the weapon that he owned is forensically linked to ...
Chile counts cost of 'nightmare' quake COQUIMBO, CHILE: Traumatized Chileans described on Thursday the terrifying moment a powerful earthquake hit, killing at least 12 people and triggering tsunami waves that ravaged long stretches of the coast.The 8.3-magnitude offshore earthquake Wednesday evening was the sixth strongest in the history of geologically volatile Chile and the most powerful anywhere in the world this year, officials said.Close to one million people were evacuated from Pacific coastal areas as a precaution as Chile sounded a ...
Canada PM fights off election attacks on economy OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his government's economic record through two recessions Thursday, a month before legislative elections and at a time when polls show his Tories neck and neck with center-left parties.The two main opposition parties -- the leftist New Democrats and the centrist Liberals -- charged in a televised debate that the Conservatives have made the economy too dependent on raw materials, including oil."Mr. Harper put all of his eggs into ...
US Senate blocks bid to add more conditions to Iran measure WASHINGTON: Democrats in the US Senate blocked a last-ditch effort by Republicans on Thursday to add new conditions before President Barack Obama can waive any sanctions under the Iran nuclear deal. After Obama's fellow Democrats in the Senate twice blocked a disapproval resolution meant to kill the nuclear agreement, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced an amendment to the measure that would bar the president from lifting sanctions on Iran unless it recognized Israel's ...
At least five dead, million evacuated in Chile quake SANTIAGO: The 8.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Wednesday off the coast of Chile has left at least five dead, a million evacuated and one person missing, an official said.The toll was given in the early hours of Thursday by Deputy Interior Minister Mahmoud Aleuy. He said the figures were preliminary.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln