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South African anti-immigrant attacks spread to downtown Johannesburg JOHANNESBURG: Twelve people were arrested overnight as anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa spread to parts of downtown Johannesburg, police said Friday."Twelve suspects were arrested for trying to break into foreign-owned shops," said police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini. It was the latest incident in a wave of immigrant-targeted violence that began earlier this month in the port city of Durban, leaving at least six people dead.According to local reports, the protesters from a local hostel demanded foreign nationals leave South Africa, setting cars alight and clashing with police.No injuries were reported, said Dlamini.The scene remained tense Friday morning, with hostel-dwellers telling reporters they wanted immigrants to know they were not welcome in the country.President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence in parliament."No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops," he said Thursday night.Locals and African immigrants in South ...

Somali Shebab kill 15 in education ministry attack MOGADISHU: Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Tuesday blasted their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building, killing 15 people.Police and witnesses said the car bomb caused a huge explosion which allowed the gunmen to force their way into the fortified building.Ambulance officials said at least 15 people were killed and 20 wounded in the attack.Six Shebab gunmen were also killed, with two of those blowing themselves up, internal ...
Nigeria president-elect says can't promise schoolgirls will be found ABUJA: Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday cautioned the he could not make promises on the return of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram exactly a year ago."We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them," he said in a statement."But I say to every parent, family member and friend of the children that my ...
Buhari party wins majority of Nigeria states in regional vote LAGOS: The party of Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari has won governorship elections in a majority of the country's 36 states, building its strength nationwide after a historic presidential win, official results on Monday showed.The All Progressives Congress (APC) held at least 21 governor's seats following Saturday's regional polls but could add to that tally with results from a handful of states still pending. President Goodluck Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had controlled the federal and ...
US, Europe demand Libya ceasefire as embassies attacked TRIPOLI: The United States and European powers pressed Libya's rival factions to set an "unconditional" ceasefire at talks restarting on Monday, as two attacks on foreign embassies were linked to Islamic State militants.A bomb exploded outside the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli, causing no casualties but damaging nearby cars, a security official. Like many others in the Libyan capital, the embassy is currently inactive.Morocco is hosting a UN-backed dialogue between representatives of the two rival governments ...
Polls open in Sudan presidential, parliamentary elections KHARTOUM: Polls opened on Monday in Sudanese presidential and parliamentary elections that are expected to extend the quarter-century rule of incumbent Omar al-Bashir as the opposition boycotts.Outside a polling station in Khartoum's El-Daim neighbourhood representatives of the candidates had already set up stalls, and inside electoral volunteers waited for the first voters in the three-day elections which have already drawn international criticism. A team of four local observers watched over the ballot boxes, while the ...
Buhari's party wins Lagos vote, shoring up Nigeria rule LAGOS/ONITSHA: The party of Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari has retained the Lagos state governorship, the electoral commission said on Sunday, consolidating his administration's power by giving it control of the commercial capital. While voting was extended in several other states due to violence or voting irregularities, the result in Lagos means it will be the first time since the end of military rule in 1999 that the governor of that key state and the president ...

 



 
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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
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln