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US first lady in first Cambodia trip SIEM REAP: Michelle Obama flew into Cambodia late Friday becoming the first wife of a sitting US president to visit the country, part of a two-nation trip to highlight the importance of girls' education.The First Lady travelled from Osaka to the city of Siem Reap without her husband or children on the second leg of a five-day mission to Japan and Cambodia.She was met at the airport in the tourist hub by Bun Rany, the wife of Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, and was whisked away in a motorcade under heavy security.Obama is using the trip to highlight what she described in a speech in Japan as a "crisis" in female education, with 62 million girls around the world denied the right to go to school.The US government has launched the "Let Girls Learn" initiative, which Obama is promoting during the trip and which aims to help young women in developing ...

Mexico rescues 15 Cubans at sea MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities rescued 15 Cubans traveling in a rickety boat off the coast of the resort city of Cancun, the Navy said on Thursday.The travelers were discovered by fishermen and handed over to migration authorities.Many Cubans take to the sea in flimsy vessels trying to make it to Mexico en route to the United States.The number of Cubans attempting the journey has shot up since Havana and Washington announced in December they would ...
Obama tells Iran to grasp 'historic' chance WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama told the people and leaders of Iran on Thursday that nuclear talks presented "the best opportunity in decades" for the two countries to transform long-frayed ties, but warned there was still work to do in the tortuous negotiations.It came after mixed messages emerged from the talks earlier in the day in Switzerland, where US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart hailed "progress," but a European negotiator said ...
Top Mexican journalist sees government hand in firing MEXICO CITY: One of Mexico's most popular journalists said Thursday she suspects the government was behind her firing because of her report about the first lady's controversial purchase of a mansion.Carmen Aristegui said the abrupt way that she was sacked from her top-rated MVS radio morning program this week makes her think that "there was someone really angry, someone seeking some sort of vengeance" over her work.Fellow journalists, intellectuals and political observers have denounced the ...
Fed urges lawmakers to toughen rules on Wall St and commodities WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: US lawmakers should consider overturning a decades-old rule that allows Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to extract, transport and trade physical commodities, a top Federal Reserve official said on Thursday. Asked at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on bank regulation what rules could be strengthened, Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo said one target was the commodities exemption the two banks enjoy, which allows them to handle everything from crude oil cargoes and copper pallets ...
Obama to sign order cutting US government greenhouse gas emissions WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that will cut the U.S. government's greenhouse gas emissions, the White House said in a statement.After signing the order, Obama will visit the Department of Energy to tour the building's rooftop solar panels. While there, he will attend a meeting of some of the federal suppliers, which will discuss their reduction targets, including initial commitments to disclose emission targets or set new reduction goals, ...
Obama to visit Jamaica, Panama in April WASHINGTON: Barack Obama will make his first presidential visit to Jamaica in April, a trip expected to focus on strengthening security in the Caribbean.The White House said Wednesday that Obama would visit the island nation to meet leaders of the Caribbean bloc CARICOM. It is the first time a US president has visited Jamaica since Ronald Reagan in 1982.From Jamaica, Obama will travel to Panama for a Summit of the Americas, the first such meeting ...


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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
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WeeklyApril 16, 2015
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