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Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back SANAA: Yemen's influential former president urged his rebel allies Friday to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory seized in months of fighting so Saudi-led air strikes can end and reconciliation begin.Ali Abdullah Saleh, who still holds sway over army units allied with Huthi rebels who now control large swathes of the country, had welcomed this month's Security Council resolution as a way to "stop bloodshed" in Yemen.More than 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting since late March, according to the United Nations, which said on Friday at least 115 children were among the dead.Saleh, in a statement read on his Yemen Today television channel, said: "I call on (the Huthis) to accept all UN Security Council decisions and to implement them in return for a halt in the coalition forces' aggression.""I urge them and everyone -- militias and al Qaeda as well as militias loyal to (President ...


Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries' beaches MADRID: Oil from the wreck of a Russian trawler that sank off the Canary Islands last week has washed up on the beaches of the picturesque tourist islands, Spain said on Friday."On Thursday and the morning (of Friday), 200 cubic meters (7,000 cubic feet) of sea water with oil residues were recovered. On the beaches, 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of oil have been removed," the government said in a statement.Specialists are ready to intervene if ...

Togo votes for a new president LOME: Togo votes for a new president on Saturday, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term in office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century.Polling stations in the tiny West African nation open at 0700 GMT, with some 9,000 police and soldiers on patrol, and with borders shut until Sunday morning for security reasons.Gnassingbe, 48, has been in power since the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, in 2005, ...

Japan man arrested over drone found on PM's office roof TOKYO: A Japanese man was arrested Saturday for allegedly flying a small drone with traces of radioactivity onto the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office, police said.Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, turned himself in to local police in Fukui prefecture, some 350 kilometres (220 miles) west of Tokyo, late Friday night with an apparent drone controller, saying he did it to express his anti-nuclear power stance, according to local media.The unemployed man blogged that the drone ...

Australia fears worst for drug traffickers in Indonesia SYDNEY: Australia has made a last-ditch appeal for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the lives of two drug traffickers facing execution, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop admitted she was fearing the worst.Indonesia has advised consular officials to head Saturday to Nusakambangan, the high-security prison island where its executions are carried out and where nine foreign drug convicts have been taken.They include two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" heroin ...

Spain's Naturhouse rises 3.75 percent in stock market debut MADRID: Spanish health and diet products maker Naturhouse debuted on the stock market up 3.75 percent at around 5 euros ($5) per share on Friday, the latest in a series flotations in the country.The company, which operates in more than twenty countries and relies on a franchise model, had fixed the listing of 25 percent of its capital at 4.8 euros per share. Spain ranked second worldwide in value of initial public offerings (IPO) in ...

Russia's Economy Ministry sees inflation at 12-13pc towards summer end MOSCOW: Russia's Economy Ministry sees inflation slowing to between 12 and 13 percent towards the end of the summer, Deputy Minister Alexei Vedev said on Friday. Copyright Reuters, 2015


 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
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WeeklyApril 30, 2015
Reserves $17.717 bln