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Obama calls injured ambassador after South Korea attack WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called a former aide and now US ambassador in Seoul to wish him well following a blade attack in the South Korean capital."The President called US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Mark Lippert, to tell him that he and his wife Robyn are in his thoughts and prayers, and to wish him the very best for a speedy recovery," said Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

EU, Cuba in 'frank' talks to normalize relations HAVANA: The European Union and Cuba held a third round of "frank" talks on Wednesday aimed at normalizing relations, as Havana and Washington work through their own historic rapprochement.The two-day session in Havana, part of a dialogue that began 11 months ago, is aimed at tackling sensitive human rights issues and finalizing an agreement "on political dialogue and cooperation," meant to turn the page on a decade of estrangement.The talks are being led by European ...
Obama to enjoin new generation in Selma address SELMA: President Barack Obama will call for a new generation of Americans to take up the torch kindled by civil rights leaders 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama, when he visits the historic town Saturday.America's first black president will stand at the famed Edmund Pettus Bridge, accompanied by wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, to argue that events half a century ago are not confined to history, a White House official said.On March 7, ...
Israel's Netanyahu warns Obama against Iran nuclear deal WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare" by a country that "will always be an enemy of America"."If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons - it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons, lots of ...
Boehner says US House to vote Tuesday on clean DHS funding WASHINGTON: US House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans he will allow a vote on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill Tuesday, overriding conservative efforts to block President Barack Obama's immigration plan.Senior aides in the room confirmed that Boehner told members at his party's Tuesday morning caucus that he was prepared to swiftly put a clean DHS funding bill to a vote, effectively ending the congressional battle that had threatened to shut down a ...
Netanyahu insists US Congress speech not political WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Tuesday his speech to a joint meeting of the US Congress was not political stunt, as he was received with a standing ovation.Around 50 Democratic members stayed away from the event, during which Netanyahu was expected to warn that the nuclear deal being negotiated between the United States and Iran would threaten Israel's security.But many more lawmakers from both sides of the aisle did attend, and Netanyahu began ...
Michelle Obama to visit Japan, Cambodia WASHINGTON: US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan later this month, part of a drive to promote girls' education around the world.The White House said Tuesday that Obama will visit Tokyo and the historic city of Kyoto from March 18 to 20 before moving on to Siem Reap, Cambodia, close to the famous temples of Angkor.The trip is part of the "Let Girls Learn" initiative, encouraging adolescent girls to complete their studies. Copyright ...


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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