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Canadian PM calls general election for October 19 OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper dissolved parliament Sunday and called for general elections on October 19.The announcement marks the official kickoff of an 11 week-long campaign in which the Conservative leader will seek a fourth straight term in power, with the sluggish economy expected to be a central issue.Harper, in power since 2006, announced the election after meeting with Governor General David Johnston, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Canada's nominal head of state in this Commonwealth country.Harper said the election was about "leadership on the big issues that affect us all, our economy and our nation's security."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram COTONOU: Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi announced he will send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants after meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari Saturday.Buhari, who was sworn in on May 29, is facing a particularly deadly surge of militant violence at home, with more than 800 people killed in north-eastern Nigeria in the last two months.The violence has spread to neighbours Chad and Cameroon, both of ...
Japan releases master recording of emperor's war-end speech TOKYO: The master recording of Emperor Hirohito's speech announcing Japan's World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday released the original audio from the vinyl master records of Hirohito's radio broadcast on August 15, 1945.The surrender speech by the emperor, known as the "jewel voice broadcast", had been available only as a low quality ...
Kerry pledges support for Egypt in Cairo talks CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a strategic dialogue with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo on Sunday, pledging Washington's support as the two countries patched up a diplomatic rift.Kerry was to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi later before travelling on to Qatar, where he will try to sell a nuclear deal with Iran to sceptical Gulf Arab allies.Egypt is a key US ally in the region, but ties between the two countries ...
Suu Kyi's party shuns key players for Myanmar poll YANGON: The party of Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected bids by 17 members of Myanmar's respected "88 generation" to join its ranks and contest November's election, a controversial omission of a group that was expected to galvanise its bid to dominate the ballot.The National League for Democracy (NLD) party selected only one member of the popular crop of activists, who suffered years of persecution after leading nationwide student protests in 1988 that were brutally ...
Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Egypt on Saturday to relaunch a strategic partnership with Washington's longtime ally, at the start of a regional mini-tour, a correspondent said.He is also due in Qatar on Monday to meet his Arab counterparts in the Gulf to try to ease their concerns over the Iran nuclear deal.Kerry's trip, which ends on August 8, will not include Israel, one of Washington's closest allies and a fierce ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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