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19 killed in Guinea-Bissau land mine blast: police BISSAU: At least 19 people aboard a minibus were killed when a landmine exploded in northern Guinea-Bissau, police said Saturday.Another 10 people were injured, several seriously, in the blast on a little-used route 70 kilometres (40 miles) north of the capital of Bissau, as the vehicle swerved to avoid water in its path, police and witnesses said.Three people, including the driver, emerged unscathed."The vehicle was overloaded, I was on the roof with some other passengers when we heard a loud boom. The bus was cut in two," one survivor said.The blast was so powerful that the bodies of most of the victims were flung across nearby fields, some torn into pieces, he added.The injured were taken to the country's largest hospital, with ambulances shuttling to and from the site of the explosion late into the evening."There were bodies ripped apart, which shows the violence of the explosion," a nurse in ...

Cuba sends 300 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola HAVANA: Cuba said it will send nearly 300 more doctors and nurses to west Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic.This will raise to 461 the number of Cuban medical personnel that the country will send to battle the disease.The Cubans will work in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said Regla Angulo, head of the Cuban medical relief agency.Until now Cuba had pledged 165 doctors and nurses for Sierra Leone.The staff are undergoing intense training ...
Libya's parliament approves new government TOBRUK: Libya's elected parliament approved on Monday a new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, a parliamentary spokesman said. The House of Representatives agreed on a second cabinet list after rejecting last week an initial a 16-member lineup as too large, spokesman Faraj Hashem said. The new cabinet has only 13 ministers and no oil minister, lawmakers said. The vital oil sector will be run by state firm National Oil Corp (NOC). Thinni, a ...
Sierra Leone's three-day Ebola shutdown ends FREETOWN: Millions of Sierra Leoneans were set to emerge from their homes on Monday after a three-day nationwide lockdown during which scores of dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered.The west African country had imposed the extreme measure confining its six million people to their homes for 72 hours in a bid to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak which has claimed more than 2,600 lives there and in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea ...
Egypt military aircraft crash kills six CAIRO: An Egyptian military aircraft crashed while on a training mission on Sunday after a technical failure, killing six soldiers, the army said.The aircraft crashed in an area about 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of Cairo, an army statement said."During military training, a technical failure led to the crash of an aircraft carrying troops in Kom Aushim in Fayoum province... killing six soldiers and injuring one," the army said.No further details about the accident, including ...
Sierra Leone faces criticism over Ebola shutdown FREETOWN: Sierra Leone began the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on Saturday amid criticism that the action was a poorly planned publicity stunt.Most of Sierra Leone's six million people have been confined to their homes from midnight (0000 GMT) on Friday, with only essential workers such as health professionals and security forces exempt.Almost 30,000 volunteers are going door-to-door to educate locals and hand ...
Tunisia president Marzouki declares re-election bid TUNIS: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced on Saturday he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.Marzouki, a fierce opponent of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, formally presented his candidacy at the offices of the electoral authority, watched on by journalists.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

 



 
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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