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White House intruder review reveals string of blunders: reports WASHINGTON: An internal review of the security lapses that allowed an intruder to scale a fence and enter the White House has revealed a string of Secret Service blunders, reports said Thursday.The New York Times cited a Department of Homeland Security review which said "performance, organizational and technical" failures had allowed Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez to evade security and make his way into the building in September.The review said 42-year-old Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife during the incident, could have been stopped by a Secret Service officer who was supposed to be stationed on the North Lawn with an attack dog.However, at the time Gonzalez scaled the fence and bolted across the lawn, the officer in question was sitting in his van making a personal call on his cellphone.Because of this lapse, the attack dog was unable to "lock onto" Gonzalez and "may not have seen" him at ...

Pushback over reported Obama plan to block deportations WASHINGTON: US Republicans were left seething Thursday over growing expectation that President Barack Obama may soon act unilaterally to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.The New York Times, citing administration officials, said Obama's possible deportation curbs could begin as early as next week.The effort, which some Republicans brand "executive amnesty," would include up to five million undocumented people living in the United States for at least five years.The potential action follows the midterm election ...
Mexican military complains as troops face civilian trials MEXICO CITY: On the frontlines of Mexico's drug war for years, the military is pushing back at attempts to put soldiers on trial for civilian charges as serious as murder.Armed forces in Mexico have faced accusations of abuse, torture and illegal detentions ever since former president Felipe Calderon deployed soldiers against drug cartels in 2006.Until 2012, they were exempt from civilian justice. But the Supreme Court ruled two years ago that the military trial system ...
Florida executes double murderer MIAMI: Florida executed on Thursday a man who killed his sleeping wife and then raped and murdered his young stepdaughter two decades ago, after he failed in an 11th-hour court bid.Chadwick Banks, 43, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 7:27 pm (0027 GMT), said John Tupps, a spokesman for the governor of Florida.The US Supreme Court had rejected his final appeal less than an hour before his death.Banks was 23 when he was convicted ...
US hospital may receive Ebola-infected doctor from Sierra Leone WASHINGTON: A doctor from Sierra Leone with US residency infected with Ebola could travel to the United States to be treated for the deadly virus, CNN and medical officials said Thursday.The man was in Sierra Leone when he became sick, said a spokesperson from the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where the patient may be treated. "This patient contracted the disease in Sierra Leone and recently tested positive for Ebola," the hospital said in a ...
UN Security Council urges Lebanon to choose president UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Lebanon's parliament to quickly choose a new president to bolster stability as war rages across the border in Syria.Lebanon has been without a president, who is also the commander-in-chief, since May because of disagreements between lawmakers.The 15-member council "expressed concern at the prolonged vacancy in the office of the presidency with a view to preserving the stability and the unity of Lebanon," said Australian Ambassador Gary ...
Fury over Mexico student 'massacre' boils over CHILPANCINGO: Mexicans furious at the presumed massacre of 43 students torched the ruling party's Guerrero state headquarters and briefly took a police commander prisoner Tuesday as growing protests rocked President Enrique Pena Nieto's government.Riot police clashed with protesters in running street battles as black smoke billowed from the white two-story building of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the southern state's capital Chilpancingo.Violent protests have erupted in Mexico since authorities said Friday that gang hitmen ...


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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