Sri Lanka trade deficit widens to 55% on increased oil imports

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Sri Lanka trade deficit widens to 55% on increased oil imports 

COLOMBO, Sept. 19 — Sri Lanka's increase in import expenditure surpassed the increase in earnings from exports in July 2014 on a year-on-year basis widening the trade deficit by 55.2 percent, the Central Bank said in its latest report Thursday.

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Ukrainian president asks U.S. Congress for more support

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Ukrainian president asks U.S. Congress for more support 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday asked U.S. Congress for more support to fight the rebels in the country's east.

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Zuma sets up inter-ministerial task team to tackle Nigeria building collapse

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Zuma sets up inter-ministerial task team to tackle Nigeria building collapse 

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 19 — South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday he has established an Inter-Ministerial Task team to help manage the building collapse in Nigeria, in which 67 South Africans died.

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Kosovo assembly fails to elect speaker

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Kosovo assembly fails to elect speaker 

PRISTINA, Sept. 19 — The assembly of Kosovo resumed on Thursday its constitutive session suspended on July 17, but did not manage to conclude the session as it failed to elect the speaker and further extended the political stalemate in Kosovo.

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Airlines suspend flights to Yemeni capital as security worsens

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Airlines suspend flights to Yemeni capital as security worsens 

SANAA, Sept. 19 — Foreign airlines suspended flights to Sanaa International Airport for 24 hours due to conflicts between the army and Shiite Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital, the official Saba news agency reported Thursday night.

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U.S. Senate OKs Obama plan to train, arm Syrian rebels

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on U.S. Senate OKs Obama plan to train, arm Syrian rebels 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 — The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels in the efforts to fight the Islamic State militant group, a day after the House of Representatives adopted the measure.

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Sinopec takes over 67.5% of Kingdream A shares

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Sinopec takes over 67.5% of Kingdream A shares 

BEIJING, Sept. 19 – Major Chinese oil company Sinopec Group said Thursday it took over 67.5 percent of drilling equipment maker Kingdream's A shares.

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Four injured as JetBlue plane makes emergency landing in California

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Four injured as JetBlue plane makes emergency landing in California 

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 — Four people were injured on Thursday when a JetBlue flight with 147 people aboard made an emergency landing due to engine problem shortly after takeoff from Long Beach Airport, southern California.

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Austria's 2014 economy forecast to grow less than 1%

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Austria's 2014 economy forecast to grow less than 1% 

VIENNA, Sept. 19 — Two leading Austrian research institutes forecast Thursday a 0.8 percent Austrian GDP growth for the year on the back of deterioration in the economy.

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Anti-terror raids not against Muslim communities — Australian PM

September 19, 2014 10:27 am· Comments Off on Anti-terror raids not against Muslim communities — Australian PM 

MELBOURNE, Sept. 19 — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday the ongoing counter-terrorism raids are against crimes and not against religion.

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