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Shooting at US university leaves 3 wounded, gunman dead WASHINGTON: A gunman opened fire at a major university in Florida early Thursday, leaving three people injured, before officers killed the shooter, police said.The latest episode of America's epidemic of gun violence, happened just after midnight at Florida State University in the state capital Tallahassee.A gunman opened fire outside a library, and when challenged by campus police to put down his weapon, he declined and was shot dead, Tallahassee Police Department spokesman David Northway told reporters.He declined to say if the victims had been shot or to say if they were students, saying only they were being treated in a local hospital.Northway said the investigation remains underway as to the motive of the shooting.With midterm exams coming up next week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, the library was open 24 hours a day and students were inside at the time of the shooting.Students at the huge university with a student ...

Tory first to be jailed in Canada for election fraud OTTAWA: A Conservative campaign worker became the first person in Canada to be jailed for vote fraud Wednesday, landing a blow to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his ruling party ahead of elections next year.Michael Sona, 26, who was convicted in August, was sentenced to nine months in prison over a scheme that misdirected Canadian voters to fake polling stations during the last election.Harper is already reeling from last month's conviction of his former parliamentary ...
Texas judge approves execution of mentally ill man WASHINGTON: A Texas judge on Wednesday refused to postpone the scheduled execution of a convicted killer who suffers from mental illness and is set to face lethal injection on December 3.Scott Panetti, who has had schizophrenia for three decades, has won support for his case of groups such as Mental Health America, psychiatrists, former judges and prosecutors, evangelical Christians. The European Union urged Texas Governor Rick Perry to grant Panetti clemency."The execution of persons suffering ...
Obama to announce immigration action in Thursday night speech: sources WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama is expected to announce details of his executive action on immigration in a Thursday night speech ahead of travel to Las Vegas on Friday, sources close to the administration said.One source familiar with the White House plan on Wednesday said Obama's action aims to provide relief from the threat of deportation for 5 million undocumented immigrants. It will also strengthen border security, address high-skilled foreign workers, and expand assistance to ...
Obama orders hostage policy review in wake of 'evil' IS beheadings BEIRUT: US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of how Washington can release American hostages, as intelligence agencies investigated the involvement of Western militants in the beheading of aid worker Peter Kassig.The announcement of the review came just 24 hours after the release of a video by the Islamic State claiming the beheading of Kassig. He was the third American to be killed by Islamic State, following the deaths of journalists James Foley and ...
Harvard sued over 'racial profiling' NEW YORK: A nonprofit group filed a lawsuit Monday against Harvard University, accusing the world-famous Ivy League institution of racial profiling in its admissions policies.Students for Fair Admissions says Harvard limits the number of Asian Americans it admits while giving preference to other races, according to the Project on Fair Representation (PFR), a legal defence fund supporting the lawsuit. "The university is engaging in a campaign of invidious discrimination," PFR said in a statement."White, African ...
Keystone vote Tuesday will be nail-biter in US Senate WASHINGTON: The US Senate braced for Tuesday's cliffhanger vote on whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, with President Barack Obama signaling he might veto the controversial bill.Congressional Republicans have long pushed the Obama administration to lift its hold on the $5.3 billion, shovel-ready project, which remains under extended review some six years after it was submitted.The pipeline, which would bring oil from tar sands in Alberta province to refineries on the ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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