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Obama spoke with Afghan leaders on Thursday: White House WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on Thursday to urge faster progress toward an "inclusive national unity government" there, the White House said.Obama also spoke with Afghanistan's chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah and praised the leaders' efforts to improve relations with Pakistan, the White House said in a statement.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Republican letter to Iran shakes trust in US: Kerry WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry hit out Wednesday at a letter by Republican senators to Iran against the nuclear talks he is leading, saying it threatened global trust in America."This risks undermining the confidence that foreign governments in thousands of important agreements commit to," Kerry told US lawmakers."It purports to tell the world that if you want to have any confidence in your dealings with America they have to negotiate with 535 members ...
Obama announces changes for student loan repayment ATLANTA: President Barack Obama told students at Georgia Tech on Tuesday he wants to make the process of repaying student loans easier to understand and manage.Obama signed a "student aid bill of rights" and spelled out an assortment of policy tweaks and projects to try to make it easier for people with student loans to pay back their debt."We're going to require that the businesses that service your loans provide clear information about how much ...
US budget cuts erode crisis response of Navy, Marines: officials WASHINGTON: Spending cuts have left the US Navy and Marines ill-prepared to deal with a sudden conflict, and continuing reductions may mean ships and troops arrive late to the fight and without the training and arms they need, Navy officials said on Tuesday."Ultimately, this means more ships and aircraft out of action in battle, more sailors, Marines and merchant mariners killed, and less credibility, frankly, to deter adversaries and to assure allies in the future," ...
Clinton says Republicans' letter to Iran would help Tehran, hurt Obama WASHINGTON: Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday a letter from Republican senators to Iranian leaders on nuclear negotiations was "out of step" with tradition.Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential candidate speaking at the United Nations, questioned the purpose of the letter and said the senators were either trying to help Iran or hurt President Barack Obama amid negotiations.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
US, Europe need to work to ensure monitoring of Ukraine ceasefire: Obama WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said on Monday that Europe and the United States need to work to ensure there is effective international monitoring of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.Obama, speaking to reporters before meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk, said it was "somewhat ironic" that Republican senators warned Iran about a potential nuclear deal with the United States, calling it "an unusual coalition" between Republicans and "Iran hard-liners."Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Mexican immigrant killed by US police buried in hometown MORELIA: A Mexican man killed by police in the United States in February was buried Saturday in his hometown, with his relatives demanding justice over his death.Homeless Mexican immigrant Antonio Zambrano Montes was shot dead by police in the US city of Pasco, Washington state, after throwing rocks at officers.The shooting came after a number of US police killings of non-white victims, triggering protests across the country over the use of force by law enforcement ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln