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South Sudan expels UN relief coordinator UNITED NATIONS: South Sudan has decided to expel United Nations resident relief coordinator and the deputy envoy to the country Toby Lanzer, a UN spokesman said Monday.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the move and called on Juba to reverse the decision immediately, the official said."Mr. Lanzer has been instrumental in addressing the increasing humanitarian needs of conflict-affected communities in the country and ensuring that life-saving humanitarian assistance reaches the most vulnerable," the spokesman said in a statement.No reason was given for the expulsion but the spokesman noted that Lanzer was coming to the end of his term and that Ghanain Eugene Owusu had already been appointed to replace him.Lanzer, a British national who was appointed in 2012, is due to take up a new post as UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel.South Sudan is among the UN's worst humanitarian crises, with more than 2.5 million people facing severe food ...

Eight dead in Mexico bus crash OAXACA: A bus overturned in southern Mexico on Monday, killing eight people and injuring around 30 others, authorities said.The bus, which had departed from Santa Catarina de Juquila in Oaxaca state, flipped near a bridge.The injured passengers were taken to a hospital in the nearby state of Puebla.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
White House hits Senate for 'irresponsible' counterterror lapse WASHINGTON: The White House denounced the US Senate Sunday for its "irresponsible" failure to prevent a lapse in crucial counterterror operations, but said it hoped lawmakers could put aside partisanship and swiftly rectify the problem."The Senate took an important -- if late -- step forward tonight," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement after the chamber advanced an important reform measure that ends the controversial bulk telephone collection program, while maintaining other ...
Ex US House speaker paid to hide sexual misconduct: report LOS ANGELES: A former US House Speaker who has been indicted by a federal grand jury allegedly paid off an individual to hide past sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.Dennis Hastert, 73, was indicted on Thursday on charges that he violated banking laws to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed person to cover up "past misconduct," according to media reports.The LA Times, citing two unidentified federal law enforcement officials, reported Friday that the ...
NASA testing new Mars lander for 2016 landing ISLAMABAD: In March 2016, NASA will send a unique Mars lander to explore the Red Planet's deep interior to find clues about how all rocky planets, including the Earth, formed and evolved.The lander called InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is about the size of a car and will be the first mission devoted to understand the interior structure of the Red Planet, CBC news reported.The current testing will help in ...
Mexico nabs New Generation cartel honcho MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities have detained a senior operative of a drug cartel that has clashed with security forces in the western state of Jalisco in recent weeks, officials said Thursday.Victor Manuel Garcia Orozco, 47, is suspected of running criminal activities of the Jalisco New Generation cartel in the Cienega region, including drug smuggling, fuel theft and extortion, the interior ministry said.He is also accused of involvement in "various attacks" against security forces, including the ...
Obama administration will not seek Supreme Court stay on immigration block WASHINGTON: The Justice Department will not ask the US Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday.The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday in favor of 26 states challenging Obama's executive action on immigration.The immigration order was first put on hold by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen in February after the ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln