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Obama to go to Riyadh on Tuesday to meet new Saudi king: White House WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet with new King Salman to pay respects after the death of King Abdullah, the White House said on Saturday.Obama is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday where he will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attend the Republic Day parade.He will cut short his trip, missing a planned tour of the Taj Mahal, to travel to Saudi Arabia, the White House said.The White House had originally planned that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden would lead a delegation to Saudi Arabia, but now that Obama will travel to Riyadh, Biden will remain in Washington.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Security Council delegation visits Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE: United Nations Security Council members arrived in Haiti on Friday for a three-day visit aimed at pressing the government to hold long-delayed elections in order to stem a mounting political crisis.Envoys from the 15 member states of the international peace and security body are due to meet with President Michel Martelly and other government officials, as well as local UN representatives, political leaders and civil society."With this mission, the Security Council looks to ... ...
Weekend tests fealty, viability of Republican 2016 hopefuls WASHINGTON: At least 15 Republicans are contemplating US presidential runs, and most of them will be wooing donors and seeking blessings of core conservatives this weekend at two crucial events laying groundwork for 2016.None of the candidates in waiting has officially launched a White House bid, and the first state-wide vote in the process to determine a party's nominee is a full 53 weeks away.But the competition to earn the imprimatur of conservative groups, far-right ...
Canada finance minister tells paper gov't not consulted on rate cut OTTAWA: The Canadian government wasn't consulted on this week's surprise decision by the central bank to cut interest rates but it understands the bank's rationale in making the move, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said in an interview published Friday. "The Bank of Canada took its decision to lower its overnight lending rate without consulting us," Oliver told French-language daily La Presse.He also said in the interview that the bank's governor, Stephen Poloz, has publicly explained ...
Rosetta reveals new details about comet WASHINGTON: The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, which sent the Philae lander onto a comet's surface in November, has revealed unexpected details about these celestials balls of ice, dust, and rocky particles.In eight papers published in the journal Science on Friday, researchers describe what they have learned about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since the 100-kilogram (220-pound) Philae landed on it November 12 after a 10-year trek piggybacking on Rosetta.High-definition images taken by the spacecraft show how the ...
'Profound differences' but US, Cuba to meet again HAVANA: The United States and Cuba fell short of setting dates to reopen embassies but agreed to meet again to overcome deep rifts after they wrapped up historic talks Thursday aimed at normalizing relations.Cuban officials and the highest-ranking US delegation to visit Havana in 35 years praised the tone of their landmark discussions as they work to restore ties broken off in 1961, but they sparred over human rights and admitted to "profound differences."They must ...
Harper backs Bank of Canada rate cut; no fiscal stimulus planned CATHARINES: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced complete confidence in the Bank of Canada on Thursday, a day after it stunned markets by cutting interest rates amid a plunge in oil prices. Harper also tried to play down the effects of the slide in crude prices and repeated a promise to balance the budget in 2015/16, an important political move ahead of an election set for October.Canada is one of the world's major oil producers ...


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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 $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln