Global Edition. October 23, 2014  Updated: 1 hour ago
    Kalahari, the name conjures an arid, almost lifeless expanse, its red, iron oxide sands stretching to the horizon and beyond. Kgala, Tswana natives called it, the great thirst. Kgalagadi, it's also named: the waterless place.
    Finance

      ECB Exchange Rates (October 23, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.2669USD -0.00240graph »
    1 EUR=0.79040GBP -0.00050graph »
    1 EUR=1.2067CHF +0.00050graph »
    1 EUR=7.7542CNY -0.01300graph »
    1 EUR=77.5153INR -0.19890graph »
    1 EUR=136.42JPY +0.63000graph »

      Key ECB Interest Rates, effective from September 10, 2014
      Deposit facility -0.2000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Marginal lending facility 0.3000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Main refinancing operations (fixed) 0.0500 % p.a.  -0.1000  

      NY Foreign Exchange Noon Rates of October 17, 2014
    1 EUR=1.2755USD -0.00570graph »
    1 GBP=1.6086USD +0.00210graph »
    1 USD=0.9468CHF +0.00430graph »
    1 USD=6.1238CNY +0.00080graph »
    1 USD=61.4600INR -0.34000graph »
    1 USD=106.7200JPY +0.74000graph »
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