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US Senator Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, to retire WASHINGTON: US Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, the top Democrat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, is set to announce that she is retiring, according to The Washington Post. Mikulski scheduled a news conference on Monday at 11 a.m. EST in Baltimore to make an announcement about her future, her office said. Mikulski, 78, has served in the Senate since 1987 and before that in the US House of Representatives. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Deadly bacteria released from US high-security lab WASHINGTON: US officials in Louisiana are investigating how a dangerous and often deadly bacteria got out of a high-security laboratory at a research facility, USA Today reported.Authorities told the newspaper there was no risk to the public, though the extent of the contamination remains unknown after the safety breach at the Tulane National Primate Research Center.The bacterium in question is called Burkholderia pseudomallei. Primarily found in Southeast Asia and northern Australia, the microbe can spread ...
Video shows Los Angeles police shooting homeless man LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a homeless man Sunday in an incident that was caught on video and posted online, local media reported.The graphic video, which was posted on Facebook, shows a violent altercation between a man and several officers in LA's Skid Row area near downtown.The circumstances around the shooting were not immediately clear but the video appears to show a man flailing at officers as they try to subdue him.A ...
US deserves 'benefit of the doubt' on getting Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the case on Sunday for completing nuclear diplomacy with Iran despite Israeli opposition, saying the United States deserves the benefit of the doubt on getting a deal that would prevent any need for military action to curb Tehran's atomic ambitions.Two days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to address the U.S. Congress to warn against an Iran deal, Kerry delivered a stout defense of talks ...
Boehner defends his US House leadership amid conservative unrest WASHINGTON: US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, having suffered an embarrassing rebuke at the hands of conservatives in his own party, played down any risk to his continuing leadership on Sunday, saying disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy, not goals.Asked if he could lead the House, Boehner said, "I think so. I'm not going to suggest it's easy, because it's not."The House narrowly averted a shutdown of funding to the Department of ...
Earthquake shakes Guatemala City GUATEMALA CITY: An earthquake shook the capital of Guatemala on Friday, a Reuters witness said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.Mexico's national seismological service said the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles (10 km), and that the epicenter was on Guatemala's Pacific coast about 95 miles (153 km) southeast of the city of Hidalgo in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Cuba cites 'progress' in talks with US, but issues remain WASHINGTON: Cuba said on Friday that progress had been made in talks with the United States on restoring diplomatic ties, but that there were still outstanding issues to resolve.In a historic press conference at the US State Department, the head of the Cuban delegation, Josefina Vidal, said Havana still wanted the communist country to be removed from a US blacklist of state sponsors of terror, as well as the provision of financial services for its ...


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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 $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln