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‘Security not compromised by illegal immigrants WASHINGTON: The release of illegal immigrants from US detention due to budget concerns was undertaken with care to ensure that security was not compromised, the head of the immigration enforcement agency said on Tuesday.Immigration and Customs Enforcement released hundreds of detained illegal immigrants last month because of budget concerns, sparking a political furor about potential safety issues.Mandatory budget cuts government-wide known as sequestration began on March 1, and the government has also been operating on a continuing resolution which funds agencies until March 27.The cuts require a nearly $300 million reduction in the agency's budget over the seven remaining months of the fiscal year, ICE Director John Morton, said in prepared testimony for a House Judiciary Committee hearing in the afternoon."In reducing detention levels, we took careful steps to ensure that national security and public safety were not compromised by the releases," Morton said."Every individual released was placed on an ...

Obama to meet four African leaders in March WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will welcome four African leaders to Washington this month, the White House said Monday.Obama on March 28 will meet with the president of Senegal, Macky Sall; of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma; of Malawi, Joyce Banda; and the prime minister of Cape Verde, Jose Maria Pereira Neves.Spokesman Jay Carney said the leaders will discuss issues that include economic development and reinforcing democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.The multi-party meeting is not unprecedented: ...
Three arrested after Quebec helicopter jailbreak MONTREAL: Police in eastern Canada arrested an escaped inmate on Sunday and surrounded the second after the pair broke out of a Quebec jail and hijacked a helicopter to escape.Quebec Provincial Police said on Twitter that they had located Danny Provencal and had set up a security perimeter around him.An hour earlier, officers said they had detained Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, the other escapee, along with two other suspects.The police in the French-speaking province first announced that ...
Still hope for big fiscal deal with Obama WASHINGTON: Senior congressional Republicans said on Sunday they see a chance for a broad deal with President Barack Obama on deficit reduction and reining in spending on vast government programs like Medicare and one senator signalled potential flexibility on taxes.Obama, who met with lawmakers of both parties last week, has been calling for more tax increases on the wealthiest taxpayers, coupled with new spending cuts, to help curb budget deficits that have exceeded $1 trillion ...
Canada Pension Plan eyes nuclear fuel producer Urenco: paper LONDON: The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), one of the world's biggest pension funds, could be interested in bidding for nuclear fuel producer Urenco, the Sunday Times reported without citing sources.CPPIB, which manages Canada's national pension fund, declined to comment on the article.The Dutch government, which co-owns Urenco with the British government and German utilities RWE and E.ON , has now dropped its opposition to a sale of the firm, the Sunday Times also ...
US soldier accused of Afghan killings faces SEATTLE: A US soldier charged with killing 16 civilians, most of them women and children, near his Army post in Afghanistan is set to undergo a medical review on Sunday to determine his state of mind at the time of the killings and ability to stand trial. The review, known in the military as a "sanity board," will be conducted by three doctors at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and will be completed ...
As US drone monopoly frays, Obama seeks global rules WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama, who vastly expanded US drone strikes against terrorism suspects overseas under the cloak of secrecy, is now openly seeking to influence global guidelines for their use as China and other countries pursue their own drone programs. The United States was the first to use unmanned aircraft fitted with missiles to kill militant suspects in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. But other countries are ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 06, 2015
Reserves $18.201 bln