KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said on Monday Kiev hoped to receive the first tranche of a financial aid package which it is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund in April. He also said that the national currency, the hryvnia, which fell to a low of 11.6510/$ on March 3, had now stabilized. He saw good prospects for holding it to an average of 10.0-10.1/$ over the year. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Richard Balmforth, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Greek Orthodox nuns freed after being held hostage by al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels arrived in Damascus Monday morning, ending their four-month ordeal in a rare prisoner exchange with the government.