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Sudan's Bashir leaves for South Sudan: official media KHARTOUM: Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has flown out of Khartoum for an official visit to South Sudan, official media reported on Friday, in a sign of easing tensions after border clashes last year."President Bashir left for Juba accompanied by a high-level delegation," the state SUNA news agency said in a brief dispatch.Bashir will be making his first journey over the disputed frontier since he attended South Sudan's independence celebrations on July 9, 2011, following a near-unanimous referendum vote for separation after a 22-year civil war."President Bashir will discuss in his visit with (President) Salva Kiir the relations between the two countries and how to develop and continue these relations for the benefit of both nations," SUNA earlier quoted Mutrif Siddiq, Khartoum's ambassador to Juba, as saying."The visit of President Bashir will receive a warm welcome in Juba from the government and the people of South Sudan," Siddiq said.Independence left key ...

Nigerian police free journalists held over report on president ABUJA: Nigerian police have freed four journalists arrested this week for a report in which they accused Goodluck Jonathan of launching a dirty tricks campaign against the opposition, their newspaper said on Thursday.The four reporters for local daily Leadership were detained on Monday after reporting that Jonathan had issued orders to frustrate a newly potent opposition by any means, including surveillance, ahead of 2015 presidential elections. The story did not say to whom the directive ...
Guinea cuts mining taxes in overture to investors CONAKRY: Guinea's National Transitional Council has amended the mining code to reduce some taxes, in an effort to improve the investment climate, government officials said. Mining firms have since last year frozen billions of dollars' worth of planned investments in the West African state, the world's top supplier of bauxite and home to rich iron ore reserves, citing fiscal uncertainty and political turmoil. "The changes were made yesterday by the National Transitional Council, during a ...
France withdraws first batch of soldiers from Mali: military PARIS: France has withdrawn its first batch of soldiers from Mali, the army said on Tuesday, as it begins to pull out troops sent to battle fighters in the west African nation in January.The army's chief-of-staff said around 100 soldiers had been withdrawn and had been sent to Cyprus, where they will stay until they go back to France.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Sudan's Bashir to visit South Sudan Friday: presidency KHARTOUM: Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will visit South Sudan on Friday, his office said, in a further sign of easing tensions between the two neighbours which fought along their common border last year."It's confirmed that President Bashir will visit Juba this Friday," Emad Sayed Ahmed, the presidential press secretary, told AFP on Tuesday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Egyptian Copts, Muslims clash again CAIRO: Clashes broke out between Coptic Christians and Muslims in central Cairo on Sunday after the funeral of four Copts killed in violence outside the Egyptian capital on Friday night, a witness said. The state news agency MENA said 17 people had been injured in fighting after a funeral ceremony at the city's Coptic Orthodox cathedral. Public television showed riot police firing tear gas to disperse the crowd. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
South Africa to send troops to join UN mission in Congo JOHANNESBURG: South Africa will send troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of a UN mission to neutralise armed groups in the conflict-torn east of the country, a South African military spokesman said on Sunday. The deployment comes as South Africa is coming to grips with its worst military setback since the end of apartheid in 1994. Thirteen of its troops were killed last month in a shootout with rebels in the ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln