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Trump surges, Clinton losing to Sanders in Iowa: polls WASHINGTON: Billionaire Donald Trump has extended his lead over the Republican presidential field, while Democratic overall frontrunner Hillary Clinton now trails underdog Bernie Sanders in the key early voting state of Iowa, polls showed Thursday.The results reinforce a steady trend in the 2016 race: with five months to go before the first primaries, political outsiders -- fueled by public anger and impatience with Washington -- are rising up against the race's establishment figures.That anti-establishment sentiment appears to be hurting Clinton, sitting governors and senators, and dynastic candidate Jeb Bush.A CNN/ORC poll found Trump surging to 32 percent support nationally, becoming the first in the broad Republican field to top 30 percent in the race for the White House.The brash real estate mogul has gained eight points since August, nearly tripling his backing since shortly after launching his campaign in June.The poll shows Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, rising 10 points ...

Obama hails Iran nuclear vote as 'victory for diplomacy' WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama hailed a Congressional vote allowing a nuclear deal with Iran to go ahead Thursday, saying work would now shift to implementing and verifying the accord."This vote is a victory for diplomacy, for American national security, and for the safety and security of the world," Obama said in a written statement.Senators fell two votes shy of the 60 needed to advance a resolution disapproving of the international accord, meaning the legislation ...
US sends 75 more troops to Sinai to boost peacekeepers' security WASHINGTON: The United States is sending an additional 75 U.S. troops and other assets to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to bolster the security of international peacekeepers, who have come under attack from militants in recent days, the Pentagon said on Thursday.Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the deployment included a light infantry platoon and forward surgical teams, as well equipment and vehicles."Our concern right now, our top priority, is the safety and security of those U.S. personnel ...
US seeks 'pragmatic relationship' with Venezuela WASHINGTON: The United States is seeking a "pragmatic relationship" with Venezuela, despite their governments' differences, the top US diplomat for Latin America said Wednesday."We are continuing discussions. Although we have differences, we are trying to have a pragmatic relationship with Venezuela," said US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson.The US and Venezuela have not had ambassadors in their respective capitals since 2010, and their relationship deteriorated further after the White House ...
Obama signs executive order on paid sick leave WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday that will give employees working for federal contractors up to seven days of paid sick leave annually.The measure, which will affect approximately 300,000 people, applies to new contracts beginning in 2017, and gives workers one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked.Obama signed the executive order on the United States' Labor Day holiday, as he flew to speak to labor leaders in Boston."You ...
Two US air base employees guilty of German sexual assault WASHINGTON: Two American men working at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany sexually assaulted a German teenager in 2013, a US district court jury ruled Thursday.Joseph Martin and Christopher Heikkila were employed at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which operates stores and entertainment at US bases, and living in Germany while their parents were civilian employees of the military, according to the US Department of Justice.Martin, 20, now resides in Arizona, where the ...
Grieving Biden: 'Emotional energy' will guide decision on 2016 run WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said he is still uncertain about whether he can endure the rigors of a White House run so soon after the death of his son."I will be straightforward with you," Biden said in candid, and at times sorrow-filled remarks made just months after the loss of eldest son Beau."The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run," ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln