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Obama pledges US aid in wiping out last traces of Ebola WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama met on Wednesday met with the leaders of three Ebola-stricken West African nations, vowing US help in wiping out the last vestiges of the often deadly disease."We begin by noting the incredible losses that took place in all three countries," Obama said during his meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Guinean President Alpha Conde, and Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma."On behalf of the American people, we want to express our deepest condolences to the families and recognize how challenging this has been for all the countries involved."Obama hailed the "great courage and resolve" of the three nations where the current Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 10,000 lives, and promised continued US support to help prevent future outbreaks, even as the numbers of infected people subsides. The United States "has been proud to lead international efforts to work with these three countries" to combat ...

Clinton father's gravestone toppled: police NEW YORK: The gravestone of Hillary Clinton's late father was pushed to the ground in a Pennsylvania cemetery after his daughter announced her second run for the presidency, police said Wednesday.Hugh Rodham, who managed a textiles business and died in 1993, is buried in the Washburn Street Cemetery in the Pennsylvania town of Scranton, which is largely Democrat.A friend of the Clintons who takes care of the grave discovered Tuesday that the headstone had been ...
UN urges exhumation of bodies from mass burial KINSHASA: The UN said Wednesday it has urged the Congolese authorities to exhume hundreds of bodies buried in a mass grave near Kinshasa, to find out how they died.Last month, at least 421 bodies were found in a mass grave in Maluku near the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, which local authorities said contained hundreds of dead babies and foetuses.he affair has raised alarm in DR Congo, while rights groups and the EU have called ...
US chief justice called for jury duty WASHINGTON: Even the head of the highest court in the land has to report for jury duty.John Roberts, the chief justice of the US Supreme Court, showed up for jury duty Wednesday in a Maryland county court in the Washington suburbs, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told AFP.But after responding to several questions aimed at vetting potential jurors for a civil case, he was not selected. Roberts, who has presided over the US Supreme Court ...
Obama moves to drop Cuba from terror blacklist WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is set to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, in a landmark step paving the way towards restoring ties frozen for five decades.Obama on Tuesday notified Congress of his "intent to rescind" Cuba's inclusion on the blacklist, after a lengthy review launched late last year as Washington openly began a rapprochement with its Cold War foe.US lawmakers now have 45 days to oppose the move; otherwise, it ...
Obama announces plans to visit 50th US state WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will visit South Dakota early next month, a trip that will mean he has visited all 50 US states as commander-in-chief.The White House announced on Monday that Obama would deliver a commencement address at the Lake Area Technical Institute on May 8. South Dakota is perhaps most famous for being the home of Mount Rushmore, a national monument dedicated to America's most celebrated presidents.George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham ...
Kerry to ask Congress for more time and space on Iran deal WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case this week to skeptical Republicans and Democrats that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.In closed briefings with the full House of Representatives on Monday and the Senate on Tuesday, the chief U.S. diplomat also hopes to blunt legislation that would giving Congress the opportunity to approve or reject sanctions relief ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyApril 16, 2015
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