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Philippines bounce back to beat Laos 4-1 HANOI: Winger Patrick Reichlet scored twice as the Philippines fought back from a goal down to beat Laos 4-1 in the opening match of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday.Khampheng Sayavutthi opened the scoring for the underdogs with a sublime, curling free-kick in the 21st minute as Laos threatened an upset at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.But the diminutive side were pegged back five minutes before halftime when Filipino rightback Simone Rota rose highest to head home a corner from the right.Former Chelsea youngster Phil Younghusband then took advantage of some slack Laos marking to put the Filipinos 2-1 ahead in first half stoppage time with a neat header from a looping cross.Laos enjoyed some dangerous moments on the counter in the second half but the Philippines always looked more likely to add to their lead and German born Reichelt did just that in the 77th minute before ...

Garcia weary as Dubai challenge falls flat, Els eyes 2015 DUBAI: Sergio Garcia admitted he was weary after failing to make up any ground on the leaders at the DP World Tour Championship on Saturday, carding a third-round 69 that gives the Spaniard little hope of claiming second spot on the European money list.Garcia's sole European Tour victory in 2014 came at January's Qatar Masters -- his only title on the circuit since 2011 -- and his form since September's Ryder Cup has been middling, ...

Klopp open to managing in the Premier League LONDON: Charismatic Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp is open to a move to the Premier League and has said managing in England would be the only logical step if he were to leave the German club.Since taking over Dortmund in 2008 Klopp has transformed a side that finished a disappointing 13th the previous season into one of Europe's premier teams winning many admirers along the way.The 47-year-old is now one the most revered managers on ...

Federer and Wawrinka to play Davis Cup final doubles LILLE: Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will pair up for Saturday's doubles in the Davis Cup final against France, organisers said.Switzerland captain Severin Luthi originally named Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer as his doubles pair but had until one hour before the start of the match, which is scheduled for 1430 GMT/9:30 AM ET, to change his mind.Richard Gasquet will team up with Julien Benneteau for France.Federer and Wawrinka, who won the gold medal ...

Shehzad fit for New Zealand ODIs, Maqsood out LAHORE: Pakistan received some good news on their injured key players Saturday with opener Ahmed Shehzad set to return for the limited over series against New Zealand.Shehzad, 22, suffered a minor skull fracture during the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on November 10 after being hit by a bouncer from seamer Corey Anderson.Shehzad made a career-best 176 in the match.He was ruled out of the remaining two Tests but Pakistan Cricket Board ...

Ferrari and Red Bull seek engine changes ABU DHABI: Ferrari and Red Bull are demanding major changes to Formula One engine rules next year after Mercedes' domination of this season's world championship.Ferrari and Red Bull want rule changes to cut costs and improve their competitiveness. But team champions Mercedes are not keen on plans to allow their rivals limited in-season engine development and have indicated they will stubbornly defend their current advantage.Red Bull team chief Christian Horner told reporters that Formula One ...

Indonesia bans football players, officials over own-goals JAKARTA: The Indonesian Football Association banned 12 players and officials who competed to score own-goals in a farcical match last month, an official told AFP Saturday.The decision came after a video footage showed goalkeepers from PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang making half-hearted attempts to stop shots and walking away from the goal as the ball approached during a playoff match in central Java.The twelve people include the manager, coach and players from the two teams. ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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