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Toll rises to 57 as survivors tell of Afghan volleyball bombing KABUL: Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan told Monday how the blast ripped through a crowd of spectators enjoying the final moments of the match.In the country's deadliest single attack since 2011, the bomber detonated his explosives Sunday as hundreds of young men and boys attended a tournament featuring three local teams in the volatile province of Paktika.Separately, two NATO soldiers were killed in an attack in the east of Afghanistan on Monday morning, the coalition said, giving no further details.Paktika provincial spokesman Mukhlis Afghan said in a statement the death toll from Sunday's blast had risen to 57 after 15 people died of their injuries overnight."The game was about to end when we heard a big bang," Salaam Khan, 19, told AFP at a military hospital in Kabul where he was flown for treatment to his injured chest ...

Abe vows support for victims after quake injures 41 TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday promised "firm" support after meeting victims of a weekend earthquake, which injured 41 people and wrecked hundreds of homes in a popular ski resort.The 6.2 magnitude quake struck Saturday night at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) in Nagano prefecture northwest of Tokyo.A total of 41 people were injured, seven seriously, but no one was killed.The quake also seriously damaged Nagano's famous Hakuba Village, a popular ...

Oil steadies around $80 as Iran deadline looms LONDON: Brent crude oil stabilised around $80 a barrel on Monday as world powers met in Vienna for the final day of talks on Iran's nuclear programme ahead of a key meeting of producer group OPEC to discuss production.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is considering how to respond to a collapse in oil prices and may decide to cut its output target when it meets on Nov.27.Fund managers say oil prices could plunge ...

Sisi heads to Rome on first European visit CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi left for Rome Monday on his first European trip since ousting his predecessor and overseeing a crackdown that has killed hundreds.Sisi is to meet Pope Francis at 1330 GMT on the first Vatican visit by an Egyptian leader in eight years, officials said.He will then meet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at 1800 GMT, Renzi's office said.Officials said the four-day tour, which will also take him to France, is ...

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in east Ukraine: Kiev KIEV: Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in clashes between government forces and Kremlin-backed rebels over the past 24 hours in the war-torn east, the Ukrainian military said Monday.Government positions at strategic flashpoints around the conflict zone came under attack 56 times, the military said. The mayor's office in the rebel-held industrial hub of Donetsk said that 12 people were hospitalised with shrapnel wounds over the weekend as mortar fire continued to rock the city.Gas pipelines ...

European stocks mixed at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets open mixed on Monday, with Paris rising and London and Frankfurt starting the week with small losses.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index edged down 0.05 percent to 6,747.34 points and Frankfurt's DAX 30 fell 0.11 percent to 9,722.31 points, but the CAC 40 in Paris gained 0.20 percent to stand at 4,355.97 compared with Friday's close.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,810.06 0.51
Arrow Nasdaq 4,712.97 0.24
Arrow S&P 2,063.50 0.52
Arrow FTSE 6,750.76 1.08
Arrow DAX 9,732.55 2.62
Arrow CAC-40 4,347.23 2.67
Arrow Nikkei 17,357.51 0.33
Arrow H.Seng 23,437.12 0.37
Arrow Sensex 28,334.63 0.95

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