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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 ...

Brazil government slashes 2014 budget surplus goal BRASILIA: Sharp depletion of Brazil's fiscal accounts has prompted the government to slash its key budget surplus goal to a fraction of its original target, according to a planning ministry report released on Friday.In the report, the government says it plans to deduct 106 billion reais in investments from its original primary surplus goal of 116 billion reais ($46.12 billion) or the equivalent of 2.15 percent of GDP. That leaves a surplus of only 10 ...

Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar: WHO GENEVA: An outbreak of plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organization said, warning that the disease could spread rapidly in the country's densely populated capital Antananarivo.The first victim was identified on August 31 in a district to the west of the capital, and died three days later, the UN health agency said in a statement Friday.By mid-November, some 119 plague cases had been confirmed, with two percent of them of the ...

Quake of magnitude 6.3 strikes China's Sichuan province: USGS SINGAPORE: An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit China's southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.The quake struck 103 km (64 miles) west of the city of Leshan around 0855 GMT, at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles). There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.Copyright Reuters, 2014

four soldiers, civilian killed in eastern Ukraine: officials KIEV: Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.One civilian, a 60-year-old man, was also killed in the eastern region of Lugansk on Friday, the governor's office announced.Ukrainian forces are locked in a struggle with pro-Moscow separatists for territory in eastern Ukraine.A ceasefire has been in place since early September but this has not stopped almost 1,000 ...

Gunmen execute 28 on Kenya bus near Somalia border GARISSA: Gunmen seized a bus in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border early Saturday and executed 28 passengers, police said, blaming the attack on Shebab extremists."I can confirm .... that 28 innocent travellers were brutally executed by the Shebab," said regional police chief Noah Mwavinda, referring to the Somali militant group. He said the gunmen forced the bus to stop and drove it to the side of the road, where they proceeded to kill passengers.Copyright ...


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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