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US air strike kills 'IS number two': White House WASHINGTON: The second-in-command of the Islamic State group has been killed in a US air strike in northern Iraq, the White House said on Friday.The National Security Council identified the slain militant as Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Haji Mutaz, and said he was IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's senior deputy.This is not the first time that US officials have announced Hayali's death. In December, US defence officials, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, said he was one of several senior figures killed in coalition strikes, giving another of his pseudonyms, Abu Muslim al-Turkmani. But US forces now say they were able to kill him, along with an IS "media operative" known as Abu Abdullah, on August 18 in a strike on a vehicle near the city of Mosul.The White House described Hayali as a member of the Islamic State's ruling council, and "a primary coordinator for moving ...

First women to pass US Army's Ranger School speak out FORT BENNING: The first women to pass the grueling training course at the US Army's elite Ranger School said Thursday they hoped their success would open doors for women seeking jobs in frontline combat.Lieutenant Shaye Haver and Captain Kristen Griest will graduate on Friday as the first women combat leaders to pin the coveted Ranger tag on their uniform, trained to become infantry leaders.The US military is currently considering opening up roles in previously male-only ...
Ten years after Katrina, New Orleans is bustling NEW ORLEANS: Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept buildings off their foundations and deluged nearly all of New Orleans with floodwaters which rose so fast some people drowned in their homes. Those who made it to their rooftops or the relative safety of dry land waited days to be rescued as the Big Easy descended into chaos.Today, colorful homes on stilts have replaced many of the rotting hulks left behind after the low-lying coastal city ...
US military to let women try out for Navy SEALs: report WASHINGTON: The US Navy plans to open its famed SEAL fighting units to women, provided they can pass the notoriously difficult training course, Defense News reported Tuesday. The move comes as the military announced that two American women will on Friday become the first female soldiers to graduate from the elite Ranger School combat leadership course."Why shouldn't anybody who can meet these (standards) be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason," Admiral Jon ...
US military deploys troops to help in California wildfires LOS ANGELES: The US military is sending hundreds of troops to help tackle wildfires raging across parched California, authorities said Tuesday, while also warning of the growing risk posed by drone pilots flying over affected areas.Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said 200 troops from Washington state would receive three days' training before heading to California to help the 12,000 or so firefighters in the region."This is the first time since 2006 that (the ...
First women soldiers to graduate from elite US Ranger School WASHINGTON: Two American women will Friday become the first female soldiers to graduate from the elite and hugely demanding Ranger School, the US Army announced."Congratulations to all of our new Rangers. Each Ranger School graduate has shown the physical and mental toughness to successfully lead organizations at any level."This course has proven that every soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential," Secretary of the Army John McHugh said Monday."We owe soldiers ...
Clinton points to Social Security changes in AFL-CIO questionnaire NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton has told the AFL-CIO she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors, offering a glimpse of the Democratic presidential front-runner's thinking on a topic she has rarely addressed on the campaign trail. In a questionnaire on labor issues from April that has not been made public, Clinton said she would defend Social Security from Republican attacks and "enhance it to meet new realities." Leaders with the AFL-CIO, ...


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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