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US House backs 'fast-track' trade authority in symbolic vote WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives on Friday supported "fast-track" trade negotiating authority for the White House in a symbolic vote that does not change the fact that the legislation, at least for now, will not progress into law.Lawmakers voted 219-211 in favor, but the bill was doomed by an earlier failure of a companion measure on aid for workers hurt by trade. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Pentagon sent live anthrax to Japan in 2005 WASHINGTON: The Pentagon on Friday added Japan to a list of countries that received live anthrax samples from the US military.The sample was sent to the US military base of Camp Zama about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Tokyo in 2005 and was destroyed in 2009, said Defence Department spokesman Colonel Steve Warren.Warren said the anthrax, which was sent to Japan for the purpose of testing detection equipment, came from a master lot that ...
Clinton to launch formal campaign with New York rally NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton on Saturday formally launches her bid to become America's first woman president, holding in New York her first big campaign rally and outlining a promise to fight for the middle class.Thousands of supporters are expected to throng Roosevelt Island, a tiny slither of land in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, where Clinton is expected to be joined by husband Bill and daughter Chelsea in the family's first joint appearance ...
Bill Clinton says he will stop giving paid speeches if Hillary wins DENVER: Bill Clinton said on Wednesday he would no longer give paid speeches if his wife, Hillary Clinton, is elected US president.Republicans and media commentators have criticized both Clintons for earning millions of dollars from paid speeches, saying the practice raises the possibility of conflicts of interest.The former president said he would continue to give speeches without compensation if Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, enters the White House."I will still ...
Hackers may have snared details of Chinese linked to US: report NEW YORK: Chinese hackers accused of attacking US federal databases may have snared the names of Chinese with links to American officials, putting them in danger, The New York Times said Wednesday.Last week, the US government admitted hackers accessed the personal data of at least four million current and former federal employees, in a vast cyberattack suspected to have originated in China.Investigators say that the hackers who breached the databases of the Office of Personnel ...
Embattled Mexico police train at US-funded academy AMOZOC DE MOTA: The mock village perched on a hill in central Mexico looks like a Hollywood set, with a main square surrounded by a hollow town hall, a church and a school.At the petrol station, a heated argument between two men in a pick-up truck ends with one shooting the other dead, followed by a fiery explosion in the back of the vehicle.Officers wielding fake assault rifles swoop in, tackle a suspect near a ...
Botched parachute bedevils NASA 'flying saucer' test for second time CAPE CANAVERAL: NASA's test run of a Mars landing system came to a quick end on Monday when the saucer-shaped vehicle's parachute tore away after partly unfurling high over the Pacific Ocean, a NASA TV broadcast showed.A similar problem bedeviled the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator's (LDSD) debut run last year. The parachute was redesigned and reinforced for the second flight, but more work will be needed before the system is ready to land heavy loads ...


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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln