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Power outage blacks out US State Department WASHINGTON: An unusually severe power outage plunged the US State Department into darkness on Monday, officials said.The power cut struck at 9:00 am local time (1400 GMT), knocking out lights, computers and phones. Emergency generators restored power to allow "essential operations" to some phones and computers, the official said.No special security procedures appeared to have been taken in response to the outage at the building, one of the most secure federal installations in the United States.The United States has the largest diplomatic and consular network in the world, with some 70,000 people working for the State Department.Several thousand are based at the Washington headquarters based in "Foggy Bottom," the affectionate nickname for the district where the office is located along with other federal buildings.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Haiti's PM Laurent Lamothe resigns: official PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced his resignation Sunday, according to an official Twitter account."I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment," Lamothe said in a televised address, Haiti's communication ministry tweeted from its official account.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
In 2014, missing students buried 'Mexico's Moment' MEXICO CITY: Mexico finally seemed poised to write the drug war's final chapter this year -- the world's most wanted cartel kingpin was captured, homicides fell and the world hailed economic reforms.But the apparent massacre of dozens of students buried "Mexico's Moment," sparking nationwide protests and triggering the biggest crisis of President Enrique Pena Nieto's two-year-old administration."Everything was working like clockwork. Everything was in place. It will no longer be like this," Lorenzo Meyer, one ...
France, US uneasy bedfellows as they seek Iran deal WASHINGTON: Publicly, they are the best of friends working to seal a historic deal to stop Iran's march to a nuclear bomb. But behind closed doors, diplomats from France and the United States barely hide their frustration.For years, France has been viewed as the toughest member of the group of powers known as the P5+1, after feeling burned in previous pacts under which Tehran covertly continued to advance its atomic ambitions.The P5+1 -- Britain, China, ...
Major storm knocks out power, disrupts flights in California SAN FRANCISCO: A major storm pummeled California and the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and high winds, killing one man, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes, disrupting flights and prompting schools to close.Some 240 departing and incoming commercial flights were canceled at San Francisco International Airport and others were delayed for more than two hours, airport managers said.San Francisco's famed cable car system was replaced by shuttle buses, a subway station was ...
CIA chief defends agency, but admits 'abhorrent' abuses LANGLEY: US spymaster John Brennan staunchly defended CIA officers on Thursday as "patriots" but admitted some interrogators had used "abhorrent" tactics in the past decade.In an extraordinary news conference, broadcast live from the agency's Langley headquarters in a first in CIA history, Brennan sought to play down a damning Senate report on CIA torture of Al-Qaeda suspects that sparked a global furor.Brennan insisted the vast majority of CIA officers performed admirably but he confirmed some ...
Obama says to keep pressing China on currency, intellectual property WASHINGTON: The United States will continue to press China on its currency, protection of intellectual property and state-owned businesses, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday ahead of bilateral trade talks next week."The key with China is to continue to simply press them on those areas where trade is imbalanced, whether it's on their currency practices, whether it's on IP (intellectual property) protection, whether it's on their state-owned enterprises," he said at a meeting of ...


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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 $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln