The Mongolian government and envoys from the International Monetary Fund
said Sunday that they and other partners have agreed on terms for a
more than $5 billion loan package to the north Asian country to help get
its economy back on track.
The deal is subject to approval by the IMF's executive board, which is expected to consider Mongolia's request in March.
Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting
terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 and spiritual
guide to a generation of Islamic militants, has died in a federal
prison. He was 78.
Abdel-Rahman, who had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, said its acting executive assistant, Kenneth McKoy. The inmate spent seven years at the prison medical facility while serving a life sentence.
"We are saddened by your departure, father," the cleric's daughter, Asmaa, tweeted in Arabic.
Gambia's new president promised greater freedom, an improved economy and
better education as thousands attended a ceremony Saturday marking his
inauguration after a tense political standoff with the country's former
"This is a victory for democracy. It is a victory for all Gambians," President Adama Barrow said to a packed stadium near the capital that included dignitaries and several African heads of state.