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Modified T-cell trick wipes out US child's leukemia WASHINGTON: US researchers on Monday reported encouraging success with a new type of immune cell therapy that wiped out leukemia in a young girl by using her own modified T cells to fight the cancer.The case study of Emily "Emma" Whitehead, age 7, offers hope for a new path against a stubborn form of leukemia, known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), maybe even replacing the need for chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants someday.But the research in the New England Journal of Medicine also describes an attempt at T cell reprogramming in another child who did not survive, pointing to the need for more research to improve on the therapies being tested.ALL is the most common form of childhood cancer, and is often curable. However, the two children in this case study had a high-risk type that resists conventional treatments, so their parents enrolled them in the clinical trial."Emily remains healthy ...

Spring snowstorm grounds hundreds of US flights WASHINGTON: A huge snow storm stretching from St. Louis to Washington Monday grounded hundreds of flights and left shivering residents wondering when winter would finally give way to spring.Nearly a week after the spring equinox, huge swaths of the United States remained deep in winter's clutches. Temperatures hovered well below freezing and snowplows and shovels were pulled back out of sheds. The National Weather Service forecast that five to eight inches (13 to 20 cm) ...
Kerry to talk with Netanyahu after Abbas meeting JERUSALEM: US Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold talks Saturday evening with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after earlier discussing ways to push a new peace plan with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.Public radio said Netanyahu and Kerry will have a first round of private talks and then will be joined by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also to head peace talks with Palestinians.Netanyahu's personal envoy Yitzhak Molcho and his national security adviser ...
US Senate narrowly passes first budget in four years WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Saturday narrowly passed its first federal budget in four years, a move that will usher in a relative lull in Washington's fiscal wars until an anticipated summer showdown over raising the debt ceiling.The budget plan was passed by a 50-49 vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber. Four Democratic senators facing tough re-election campaigns in 2014 joined all the Senate Republicans in opposing the measure, which seeks to raise nearly $1 trillion ...
Obama plays tourist in Petra as he winds up Middle East trip JORDAN: US President Barack Obama marvelled at the sights of Jordan's ancient city of Petra on Saturday as he wrapped up a four-day Middle East tour by setting aside weighty diplomatic matters and playing tourist for a day. The visit followed a trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories that was capped by Obama's brokering of a rapprochement between Israel and Turkey but which offered little more than symbolic gestures toward Middle East peacemaking. Before ...
Obama urges vote in Congress on gun control measures WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to give each of his administration's gun control proposals a fair vote after a key element of his program suffered a setback in the Senate."These ideas shouldn't be controversial -- they're common sense," the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. "They're supported by a majority of the American people. And I urge the Senate and the House to give each of them a ...
Lower house approves telecoms bill: Mexico MEXICO CITY: Mexico's lower house of Congress gave final approval to a major telecommunications bill early Friday morning, a reform that threatens to loosen tycoon Carlos Slim's grip on the phone market and broadcaster Televisa's dominance of the airwaves. Following more than 14 hours of at times heated debate, lawmakers sent the amended bill to the Mexican Senate for its consideration. While the proposal has dampened confidence in Slim's business prospects, investors are hopeful the ...


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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln