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Gunmen kill 3 Egyptian police in Sinai CAIRO: Gunmen shot dead on Wednesday three Egyptian policemen in the Sinai Peninsula, where militants regularly launch attacks on security forces, the interior ministry said.The three policemen, including a colonel, were travelling in a pick-up truck in North Sinai's provincial capital El-Arish when assailants in a car shot at them and fled, the ministry said in a statement.The attack came several days after two policemen were killed in a roadside bombing at the entrance to the town.Egypt's military is battling an militants insurgency in the peninsula that has left scores of policemen and soldiers dead since the army overthrew president Mohamed Morsi last year and cracked down on his supporters.The government declared a state of emergency in parts of North Sinai after an October 24 suicide attack near El-Arish killed at least 30 soldiers in the deadliest assault on security forces since Morsi's ouster.Militant groups claim their attacks are in ...

Zimbabwe vice president ousted from party post in succession war HARARE: Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru has been ousted from the ruling party's powerful central committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, state media reported Wednesday.A provincial executive committee refused to accept Mujuru's election papers ahead of a key ZANU-PF party congress next week after a campaign against her led by Mugabe's wife Grace.Mujuru's home district "rejected her application in elections that saw a number of other Zanu-PF bigwigs linked to ...
Tunisia presidential poll &#39;transparent&#39;: EU observers TUNIS: Tunisia's first presidential election since a 2011 revolution was "pluralist and transparent", the head of the EU observer mission said on Tuesday."The exercise of freedom of expression and assembly was guaranteed," Annemie Neyts-Uytterbroeck said, describing most of the observed irregularities as "minor".<Center><b><i>Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014</b></i></center> ...
Mali confirms eighth Ebola case, monitoring 271 people BAMAKO: Mali said on Monday that another person had tested positive for the Ebola virus, bringing the total number of cases in the West African nation to eight.Mali is the sixth West African country to be hit by the worst outbreak on record of deadly haemorrhagic fever that has killed some 5,459 since the first case was recorded early this year in neighbouring Guinea.The Malian government did not provide further details about the new case ...
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 ...
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 ...
Hope in Liberia, anxiety in Mali as Ebola battle rages MONROVIA: Liberia has set itself the target of halting Ebola by the end of the year, but the battle is far from over in the rest of west Africa.World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Friday that despite gains against the deadly epidemic the new outbreak in Mali was "very worrisome"."We must get to zero cases. Ebola is not a disease where you can leave a few cases and say you've done enough," he said ...


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Banking Review 2013

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