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Jinping calls for fair and objective investigation into downing of Malaysian jet BEIJING: China's President Xi Jinping called for a fair and objective investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 aboard, China's official government website said on Saturday.The investigation should find out the truth as soon as possible, the website reported Xi as saying.Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down. The wreckage is strewn across miles of rebel-held territory near the border with Russia, which is mired in conflict with Ukraine.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Japan to cap new govt debt issuance at 41.3trn yen next FY: Nikkei TOKYO: Japan's government will cap new bond issuance for next fiscal year's budget at 41.3 trillion yen ($407.62 billion), which is the same amount of new debt sold for the current fiscal year's budget, the Nikkei reported on Saturday.The debt cap will help the government meet its fiscal discipline target, but it will have to cut spending as budget requests for next fiscal year are expected to rise to a record high above 100 trillion ...

Top AIDS official says six colleagues on Malaysia plane, not 100 MELBOURNE: International AIDS Society president Francoise Barre-Sinoussi on Saturday said six colleagues heading for a global conference in Melbourne were on a Malaysian plane that crashed over Ukraine, not 100 as reports suggested."The number that we have confirmed through our contacts with authorities in Australia, in Malaysia, and Dutch authorities as well is six people. It may be a little bit more, but not the numbers that have been announced," she said.Australian newspapers on Friday ...

Obama calls Cameron, Merkel, Abbott WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke by phone on Friday with the leaders of Germany, Britain and Australia to discuss how to respond to the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in eastern Ukraine.The calls to Chancellor Angela Merkel and prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Abbott came after Obama said the missile that Washington believes brought down the passenger plane came from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.The calls to the three leaders all covered the ...

Iran nuclear deadline extended by four months VIENNA: Iran and world powers on Saturday gave themselves some four more months, until November 24, to negotiate a historic nuclear deal after failing to close major gaps in marathon talks in Vienna."While we have made tangible progress on some of the issues and have worked together on a text (for a deal) ... there are still significant gaps on some core issues," lead negotiator and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.In a statement ...

US drone strike kills eleven in Data Khel MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a Taliban compound on Saturday killed eleven insurgents in the country's restive northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, officials said."The drone fired eight missiles on the compound around 2:00am (2100 GMT) on Saturday killing eleven members of the Punjabi faction of the Taliban," a senior security official in the region told AFP.The official said the dead included two "important" commanders of the Taliban, but he refused to ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln