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Iran Supreme Leader says not opposed to extension of nuclear talks DUBAI: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday he was not against an extension of nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers."For the same reasons I wasn't against negotiations, I'm also not against the extension, Khamenei said, according to his website.The Supreme Leader also said that the United States, not Iran, would be the biggest loser should the nuclear talks fail.Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch a deal.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Suicide bomber kills five in attack on British embassy car in Kabul: officials KABUL: A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing five people, including one Briton, the ministry of interior said.The blast in the east of Kabul wounded 33 people, including many bystanders, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit Kabul as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.Taliban insurgents, who were ousted from power by a ...

Hong Kong student leaders banned from Mong Kok protest site HONG KONG: Two Hong Kong student leaders were banned from a large area in Mong Kok as a condition of bail on Thursday after they were arrested during scuffles as police cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for weeks.Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and activist lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, who was also banned from Mong Kok, were charged with obstructing court bailiffs and did not enter a plea.They are due to ...

India announces new visa rules to boost tourism numbers NEW DELHI: Tourists travelling to India from 43 countries including the US will no longer have to queue at their local consulates to obtain visas after New Delhi announced Thursday a long-awaited easing of border controls.Tourists from countries including Australia, Brazil, Germany and Japan will now be able to apply online and then receive the green light within four days, before getting their visa at an airport on arrival. Most foreigners currently have to wait ...

RECORDER REPORT: KSE close of day KARACHI: Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) 100 index closed lower on Thursday having 31270.10 shares with a negative change of 184.37 and volume of 117,327,160 shares.High and Low were 31545.14 and 31225.01 respectively. Total volume traded in the market was 197,718,760 shares with 370 total traded companies out of which 115 were up, 230 were down and 25 were unchanged.Financial Services were the top traded sector with total traded volume of 33,521,000 shares. It was followed ...

Asia stocks mixed, oil slumps ahead of OPEC meet HONG KONG: Asian stocks were mixed in lacklustre trade Thursday, while oil prices hit a new four-year low ahead of a pivotal OPEC meeting expected to maintain the cartel's production levels despite a huge glut.Tokyo stocks lost 0.78 percent as a stronger yen took the wind out of the market ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, which will see US markets closed Thursday and open for shortened trade on Friday.The Hang Seng Index fell 0.45 percent ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,827.75 0.07
Arrow Nasdaq 4,787.32 0.61
Arrow S&P 2,072.83 0.28
Arrow FTSE 6,723.42 0.09
Arrow DAX 9,974.87 0.60
Arrow CAC-40 4,382.34 0.20
Arrow Nikkei 17,248.50 0.78
Arrow H.Seng 24,004.28 0.45
Arrow Sensex 28,438.91 0.19

Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln