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Concussed Vunipola out of England squad LONDON: England coach Stuart Lancaster has had to drop Billy Vunipola and replace the number eight with Thomas Waldrom in his squad for the November test finale against Australia on Saturday because of concussion.Vunipola took a blow to the head in Saracens' 31-24 Premiership defeat by Northampton on Sunday and has been ruled out of contention for Twickenham against the Wallabies.He was dropped for the 28-9 victory over Samoa at Twickenham at the weekend - Ben Morgan started in his place - and was unlikely to figure in the climax to the autumn."Billy will undergo the graduated return to play protocol at his club," read a statement released by England.Saturday's win over Samoa ended a run of five straight defeats for the 2015 World Cup hosts.Australia, their pool rivals in the World Cup, went down 29-26 to Ireland in Dublin in their weekend test in Dublin.While Waldrom is not expected ...

New Zealand coach wary of Sharjah conditions SHARJAH: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson warned his team needed to be at their best to compete on a flat Sharjah pitch where they meet Pakistan in the third and final Test from Wednesday.New Zealand seek a series-levelling win after losing the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 248 runs and drawing the second in Dubai.Hesson said a flat and grass-less Sharjah pitch will be tough."In the other two pitches we could see grass but ...

Saeed Ajmal target return in ICC World Cup KARACHI: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is pleased with the progress he has made with the remedial work on his bowling action, and has said he is targeting the 2015 World Cup for his international comeback.He recently underwent unofficial tests on his bowling action at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Loughborough, where biomechanist Dr Mark King noted "substantial improvement" in his action, even though the straightening of his elbow still exceeded the permitted 15-degree mark."I'm very ...

As World Cup looms, UAE face Afghanistan in one day series DUBAI: United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed is hoping the series of four one-day internationals against Afghanistan starting this week in Dubai will help prepare his team for next year's World Cup.The February-March World Cup will be UAE's second after they featured in the 1996 event held in the subcontinent while for Afghanistan it will be their maiden appearance in a 50-over tournament.Javed, a former Pakistan paceman, said he would have liked his team to ...

China reveals drugs ban for Olympic champ Sun BEIJING: Chinese swimming sensation Sun Yang served a three-month doping ban this season before returning to competition, officials revealed on Monday in the country's biggest drugs case in years.The double Olympic champion and 1,500 metres world record-holder, a superstar who is also known for his brushes with authority, won three gold medals at the Asian Games after serving the previously unannounced ban.Chinese officials denied a cover-up and said the suspension was unusually short because Sun, ...

Champion Hamilton ready for new title fight ABU DHABI: Two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said Monday he is determined to keep winning Formula One titles with Mercedes after his triumph in Abu Dhabi. After a night of partying following Sunday's Grand Prix victory, the 29-year-old Briton said he would get immediately down to work improving the car for next season."We want to be able to go into next season and compete again and be as strong as possible."That's obviously going to be ...

Bottom side Stuttgart sack Veh after six months BERLIN: VfB Stuttgart on Monday sacked coach Armin Veh after just six months in charge with his team bottom of the Bundesliga having won just nine points in 12 league games.The 53-year-old, who steered Stuttgart to the 2007 German league title during his first stint at the club, admitted he was emotional when he heard of his dismissal."This step is very hard for me to take because the club and the team are close to ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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