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First women soldiers to graduate from elite US Ranger School WASHINGTON: Two American women will Friday become the first female soldiers to graduate from the elite and hugely demanding Ranger School, the US Army announced."Congratulations to all of our new Rangers. Each Ranger School graduate has shown the physical and mental toughness to successfully lead organizations at any level."This course has proven that every soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential," Secretary of the Army John McHugh said Monday."We owe soldiers the opportunity to serve successfully in any position where they are qualified and capable, and we continue to look for ways to select, train, and retain the best soldiers to meet our nation's needs," he added.Nineteen women began the rigorous training program in April but 17 were eliminated.The Ranger School welcomed women for the first time this year, following President Barack Obama's 2013 request that the Pentagon order all branches of the armed forces to ...

Clinton points to Social Security changes in AFL-CIO questionnaire NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton has told the AFL-CIO she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors, offering a glimpse of the Democratic presidential front-runner's thinking on a topic she has rarely addressed on the campaign trail. In a questionnaire on labor issues from April that has not been made public, Clinton said she would defend Social Security from Republican attacks and "enhance it to meet new realities." Leaders with the AFL-CIO, ...
US Army parachutist dies after Chicago air show accident WASHINGTON: A US Army parachutist who was critically injured after a mid-air collision during a Chicago air show stunt died Sunday, media reported.Sergeant First Class Corey Hood, 32, of Cincinnati, hit an apartment building and fell to the ground after colliding with another parachutist during the Chicago Air & Water Show on Saturday, the Chicago Tribune said.The other parachutist, from the US Navy's Leap Frogs, suffered a broken leg.The men collided while performing a stunt ...
Former US president Carter reveals he has cancer WASHINGTON: Former US president Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that recent liver surgery has shown he has cancer, and that it has spread.The 39th president, now aged 90, underwent an initially successful operation earlier this month to remove a "small mass.""That procedure revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," he said in a brief written statement."I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment.""A more ...
US military chopper crashes near Okinawa TOKYO: A US military helicopter crashed into the sea off Japan's Okinawa island Wednesday and two crew members are missing, reports and local officials said.Japan's coastguard confirmed that it was rushing to the crash site but did not supply further details.Broadcaster NTV said two crew were missing."We received a report that the aircraft fell in waters east of Okinawa's main island," a coastguard official said."We have dispatched patrol boats and planes to the site at ...
Kerry says China and Russia 'very likely' reading his emails WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry accused China and Russia of "very likely" reading his emails Tuesday, adding that the US has and will continue to discuss cyber attacks with China."The answer is it is very likely. It is not ... outside the realm of possibility, and we know that they have attacked a number of American interests over the course of the last days," Kerry said on the TV show CBS Evening News.His ...
Gas pipeline blast in Mexico kills five MONTERREY: A gas pipeline belonging Pemex, Mexico's state oil giant, exploded Tuesday in the city of Monterrey killing at least five people, authorities said.Nuevo Leon state public safety chief Jorge Camacho Rincon said the charred remains of five people were found in a field just outside the city.Authorities said that two drills were found near the scene of the blast. They believe that the accident may have been caused by people trying to install their ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln