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Obama's thoughts, prayers with Louisiana shooting victims WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims of a shooting at a US cinema that killed two people dead and injured nine others, the White House said on Friday.Obama was traveling to Kenya late Thursday when he learned about the deadly incident, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement."The president received a briefing from Lisa Monaco, his homeland security adviser, on the mass shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana," Earnest's statement said."The president directed his team to keep him updated on the investigation and on the status of those injured," the spokesman said."The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the White House, including the President and First Lady, are with the community of Lafayette, Louisiana, especially the families of those who were killed." The statement came a few hours after a gunman opened fire in the crowded theater, shooting two people dead before ...

Obama upbeat on Africa on eve of Kenya, Ethiopia trip WASHINGTON: On the eve of his trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama said he was excited about the impending visit to his ancestral continent, which he said had great resilience and enormous potential for growth.Obama is due to leave on Thursday for Kenya, marking his first presidential visit to the homeland of his father.From there, Obama will trace the Great Rift Valley northward to Addis Ababa, becoming the first US president to visit Ethiopia."Despite ...
Girl dies in Mexico clashes after vigilante leader arrested MORELIA: A 12-year-old girl was killed and four others were injured in violent protests after the leader of a local vigilante group was arrested in the western Mexican state of Michoacan Sunday.Gunfire erupted after the arrest of the leader of the self-defense militia, Cemei Verdia, and both soldiers and members of the vigilante group swapped blame for the violence.The girl died of a gunshot wound, while four others were injured, including a six-year-old and a ...
Obama sells Iran deal WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will hold a press conference Wednesday as he tries to convince Americans, allies and skeptical lawmakers about the benefits of a nuclear deal with Iran.Obama will answer questions in the East Room of the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday. The event is scheduled for 1:00 pm local time (1700 GMT).With Congress set to vote on the deal and Republicans already clamoring against it, the White House is aggressively ...
US issues Kenya travel warning ahead of Obama visit NAIROBI: The United States has warned its citizens in Kenya ahead of visit by President Barack Obama of the risk of terrorist attacks, singling out a conference that Obama is due to address.The US president is scheduled to give a speech to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi, which opens on July 24."As with all large public events, there is the opportunity for criminal elements to target participants and other visitors," the US State ...
Canada and Ukraine clinch free trade deal: report OTTAWA: Canada and Ukraine reached a free trade agreement that will be formally announced Tuesday during Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's visit to Ottawa, Canadian media reported.With more than a million inhabitants claiming roots in Ukraine, Canada has made multiple supportive moves with Kiev since the 2014 revolution and Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.Trade between the two countries reached some $244 million in 2014.Ottawa and Kiev re-launched discussions about a free trade deal early last ...
Six dead in north Mexico gunfight MEXICO CITY: Gunmen attacked a police convoy in northern Mexico's violence-plagued city of Matamoros on Saturday, sparking a clash that left five suspects and one officer dead.The clash erupted after four carloads of armed civilians opened fire on Tamaulipas state and federal police in the city that borders Texas, authorities said.Four of the suspects were killed inside a car, which struck a restaurant's metal gate, the Tamaulipas state government said in a statement.A state police ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
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WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
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