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Kerry says hopes to meet new Saudi king later this week WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that he hoped to meet Saudi Arabia's new monarch, King Salman, later this week."I will be, hopefully, meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia...later this week," Kerry told lawmakers during a congressional hearing. He did not say exactly when or where the meeting might take place.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Possible rate hikes unlikely to affect Mexico growth much MEXICO CITY: Possible interest rate increases in the months ahead are unlikely to have a major impact on growth in Mexico, central bank governor Agustin Carstens said on Tuesday."In reality we don't think it would be that significant," Carstens said when asked on Mexican television how potential interest rate increases this year would affect growth.Carstens was referring to the likelihood that Mexico would have to follow suit if, as expected, the US Federal Reserve bank ...
Obama warns US security funding lapse would hurt economy WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama said on Monday that a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would mean more than 100,000 border patrol, port inspection and airport security agents would be temporarily left without paychecks."It will have a direct impact on your economy, and it will have a direct impact on America's national security because their hard work helps to keep us safe," Obama said in a speech to a meeting of state ...
Obama seeks new rules for brokers handling retirement accounts WASHINGTON: Wall Street brokers and financial advisers could face new restrictions under a proposal put forth by President Barack Obama on Monday that the White House said could save Americans with retirement accounts billions of dollars each year.The new rules would seek to reduce conflicts of interest to protect Americans from being steered into costly retirement investments that can come with steep fees.The White House's announcement is part of Obama's push to prioritize issues that ...
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 ...
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 ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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