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Youth fighting 'super bug' infection from Los Angeles outbreak LOS ANGELES: An 18-year-old man who was one of seven patients infected with a drug-resistant bacterial "superbug" during a medical procedure in Los Angeles was under 24-hour monitoring at a hospital as he fought a severe infection, his attorney said on Friday.Infection by the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteria, or CRE, during endoscopies at a large teaching hospital in the University of California at Los Angeles system has contributed to two deaths among the seven patients.Officials warned that as many as 179 people who had endoscopies at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been exposed to the so-called super bug. The procedures were done between Oct. 3 and Jan. 28.All five of the confirmed infected patients who remain alive are under treatment, said UCLA spokeswoman Dale Tate.The infections all occurred during procedures in which a specialized scope, known as a duodenoscope, was inserted down the throat to diagnose and treat pancreatic ...

Stolen SIM card keys could be powerful spy tool WASHINGTON: It would be another powerful tool in the arsenal of US and British spy services: encryption keys for a large share of the SIM cards used for mobile phones.A report by the investigative news website The Intercept, citing leaked documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, said the US and British agencies "hacked into" European manufacturer Gemalto to gain these keys.The report, if accurate, could allow the NSA and its British counterpart ...
US concern at 'intimidation' of Venezuela opposition WASHINGTON: The United States Friday voiced concern at the growing "intimidation" of the Venezuelan opposition, a day after the arrest of the Caracas mayor."We are deeply concerned by the escalation of intimidation against the opposition by the government of Venezuela," top US diplomat for Latin America Roberta Jacobson wrote in a series of Spanish tweets on her Twitter account. She called on Venezuela to free opposition leaders "as they have been unjustly imprisoned and to ...
US wants Mosul offensive on IS in April-May WASHINGTON: The US wants Iraq to launch its offensive to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group in April or May, military officials said Thursday.Mosul is believed to be held by 1,000-2,000 IS fighters and 20,000-25,000 Iraqi troops are needed to carry out the offensive, an official with US Central Command said."The mark on the wall we are still shooting for is the April-May timeframe," the official said, adding that ...
US State Dept spokeswoman steps down      WASHINGTON: State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who has proved a bugbear for Russian officials, is to leave her post to become the new White House director of communications, officials said Thursday.During her two years in office, Psaki has become a familiar face both abroad and at home as spokeswoman for globe-trotting chief US diplomat John Kerry.A veteran of both President Barack Obama's political campaigns and Kerry's 2004 White House bid, Psaki was "the obvious and ...
Budget of Atlantic City in New Jersey to shrink 11pc ATLANTIC CITY: The mayor of Atlantic City on Wednesday provided a glimpse of his budget plans for 2015, saying he will propose a $235 million spending plan for this year, down 11 percent from 2014.Mayor Don Guardian again called for more state aid, saying that the cash-strapped gambling hub has not received the same share as other distressed New Jersey cities."Atlantic City doesn't have their hand out saying 'give me something because we can't do ...
Obama names new US Secret Service head after scandals WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Wednesday named acting director Joseph Clancy as the permanent head of the US Secret Service, ignoring calls for an outsider to be appointed following a string of White House breeches.A 27-year veteran of the agency, Clancy is a former head of the presidential protection detail, responsible for safeguarding Obama and his predecessors.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said "based on his long track record with the agency" Clancy had "a lot ...


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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 $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln