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Lavrov in Vienna for nuclear talks: RIA Novosti VIENNA: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Vienna on Sunday, RIA Novosti reported, to join troubled nuclear talks with Iran less than 36 hours before a deadline for a deal.Lavrov, a crucial player in the negotiations, was set to join US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.The British and French foreign ministers were due in Vienna later Sunday, while their Chinese colleague was expected by Monday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


Lavrov to join Iran talks in Vienna MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Vienna on Sunday evening to take part in international talks on Iran's nuclear programme, TASS news agency quoted a source with Russian delegation as saying.Lavrov earlier cancelled his meetings planned for Monday in Moscow as world powers and Iran hold the final round of talks in Vienna before a self-imposed deadline on Nov.24. Copyright Reuters, 2014

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public TIRANA: The massive, top secret Cold War nuclear bunker of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha was opened to the public on Saturday, decades after it was built by the paranoid communist regime fearing an attack by the West that never came.The ex-dictator's bed, covered with a red mattress, is still in place in his bunker bedroom, with a Soviet-era radio placed on his bedside table. During Hoxha's 40-year rule, Albania was one of the world's ...

Polish local election results finally published after glitch WARSAW: Poland's electoral commission finally published last weekend's local election results overnight Saturday, after computer glitches had stopped the vote count and called the balloting process into question. The delay in publishing the results prompted opposition parties to question the credibility of the vote, though President Bronislaw Komorowski on Wednesday called the idea of an election re-run "complete madness".The official results confirmed exit poll predictions that the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) opposition of Jaroslaw ...

Egypt to offer projects to domestic, foreign investors CAIRO: Egypt will offer a slew of projects to domestic and foreign investors at a conference in March aimed at kick-starting an economy battered by years of political unrest, the prime minister said Saturday.Falling tourist revenues and slowing investments have left Egypt's economy in ruins after nearly four years of turmoil that saw two presidents ousted following mass street protests.But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, elected by a landslide this year, has put economic recovery at ...

Saudi detainee sent home from Guantanamo: Pentagon WASHINGTON: A Saudi Arabian inmate at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was repatriated Saturday, leaving 142 prisoners still at the jail President Barack Obama has pledged to close, the Pentagon said.Last month, Mohammed al-Zahrani was approved for transfer by the special review board, created by Obama in his efforts to shutter the controversial jail, the statement said, adding that Congress was duly informed of the transfer.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Greece battles lenders over projected budget gap, Fitch affirms rating ATHENS: Greece's government on Friday pushed ahead with plans for a near-balanced budget next year, ignoring objections from its international lenders who say Athens is set to miss its deficit forecast.The government and the European Union and International Monetary Fund have been at loggerheads over the projected 2015 deficit, with the lenders arguing Greece will miss the 0.2 percent of economic output target because of a new payback plan for austerity-hit Greeks who owe the ...


 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln