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Keystone vote Tuesday will be nail-biter in US Senate WASHINGTON: The US Senate braced for Tuesday's cliffhanger vote on whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, with President Barack Obama signaling he might veto the controversial bill.Congressional Republicans have long pushed the Obama administration to lift its hold on the $5.3 billion, shovel-ready project, which remains under extended review some six years after it was submitted.The pipeline, which would bring oil from tar sands in Alberta province to refineries on the US Gulf coast, easily passed the Republican-controlled House last week, as it has several times before.Now, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid finally allowing a vote on the bill, Tuesday's action in the Democratically-run Senate -- the most high-profile vote since Republicans swept to victory in midterm elections earlier this month -- will mark the closest Keystone has ever been to approval.One of the legislation's sponsors, Senate Democrat Mary Landrieu, said "yes" when asked by ...

Mass murderer Manson to marry in prison LOS ANGELES: He may not be everyone's idea of a good catch, but mass murderer Charles Manson has been granted a marriage license to wed a 26-year-old woman who has been visiting him in prison.Manson, 80, who is serving a life sentence for slaying seven people, plans to marry Afton Elaine Burton, 54 years his junior and described in US media as a slender brunette. "He has received a marriage license," the California Department of ...
Ebola-infected doctor 'extremely critical' in US WASHINGTON: A doctor receiving care in the United States after falling ill with Ebola in his native Sierra Leone remains in "extremely critical" condition, the hospital treating him said Sunday.Martin Salia, a US resident who was infected with the deadly hemorrhagic fever while treating patients in his home country, was flown to Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday for treatment.The University of Nebraska Medical Center, where Salia is being held in isolation to prevent any possible infection, ...
Mexico leader condemns violence at protests over missing students MEXICO CITY: Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto denounced Saturday the violence at protests over 43 young men who are missing and feared to have been massacred.Speaking on his return from a six-day trip to China and Australia for the APEC and G20 summits, Pena Nieto also defended himself against suggestions he should not have traveled abroad amid the fury and shock over the case.The Mexican leader stressed that "two out of every three dollars of ...
Six killed in Mexico plane crash NUEVO LAREDO: Six people were killed when the small Cessna plane they were in crashed in northeastern Mexico, authorities said Saturday.The plane crashed Friday near the US border in Hidalgo, Tamaulipas state. Officials had initially said that only three people had died.But an official from the Tamaulipas prosecutors' office later said "there were six killed in the small plane crash."The plane was headed from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, to the city of Monterrey in the neighboring ...
US sees no sign of Qaeda-IS pact: Clapper WASHINGTON: US intelligence chief James Clapper said on Friday analysts had not seen any evidence indicating Islamic State and al-Qaeda had forged an alliance in Syria.Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, told CBS television US experts were unaware of any pact between the two groups, which would potentially complicate the US-led military campaign in Syria."We don't see that," Clapper said."There have been tactical accommodations, on the battlefield, on occasion, where local groups have united in ...
US spy chief's rare insight into North Korean diplomacy WASHINGTON: The US intelligence chief who flew to North Korea on a secret mission to free two Americans said there is "the potential for change" in the secretive state, in a rare window into the murky world of Pyongyang diplomacy.US director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the observation as he recounted in detail his trip last week that brought home the detained Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller.In an interview published Friday by The Wall ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln