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UK queen cancels more events through illness: palace LONDON: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will miss two more events this week despite making a good recovery from an illness that saw her hospitalised last week, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.The 86-year-old was unable to attend the Commonwealth Day service in London's Westminster Abbey on Monday as she was still suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis.She was admitted to hospital for the first time in 10 years last week and was discharged after an overnight stay. "The Queen continues to make a good recovery following her recent illness, and today she presented The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and held a series of Audiences," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.But it added that "regrettably" she would no longer attend an engagement at the so-called Tech City area of London on Wednesday or the Soldiers' and Airmen's Scriptures Association Service at the Guards Chapel on Thursday."Her Majesty will, however, continue with the usual rhythm ...

France says UN vote on Mali force likely next month PARIS: The United Nations is likely to vote next month on a peacekeeping force for Mali, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday."We will move from the current framework... to a new diplomatic set-up, a peacekeeping operation which would probably be voted in April and implemented two months later," he told the National Assembly's foreign affairs committee.He said the UN force could comprise up to 10,000 troops. The current African force AFISMA is composed of ...
Spain central government deficit jumps 1.2pc MADRID: Spain's central government deficit hit 1.20 percent of economic output in January, almost a third as big as the fiscal gap for all of 2012 and highlighting Madrid's struggle to show nervous markets it can get a grip on its finances. The figures, posted on the Treasury Ministry web site late on Monday, show the central government had a budget shortfall of 12.7 billion euros ($16.5 billion) in January compared with 40.3 billion euros ...
Bulgaria president taps diplomat as interim PM SOFIA: Bulgaria's president was set to name diplomat Marin Raikov as interim prime minister on Tuesday, two sources with direct knowledge of the process said, as he seeks to shore up confidence after protests felled the previous administration. Rosen Plevneliev's choice of an independent figure as prime minister is designed to show protesters a clean break with a political class they view as corrupt and unable to improve living standards in the European Union's poorest ...
British PM urges Argentina to respect Falklands vote LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday urged Argentina to respect the wishes of the Falkland Islanders after they voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to remain a British territory."They should take careful note of this result. The Falkland Islanders couldn't have spoken more clearly. They want to remain British and that view should be respected by everybody, including by Argentina," Cameron said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Queen signs Commonwealth charter after missing service LONDON: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Monday signed a charter calling for an end to discrimination across the 54 Commonwealth nations after earlier missing a function as she recovers from the symptoms of gastroenteritis.She called the agreement "a significant milestone" for the organisation."We now have a single document that captures the core values of the Commonwealth and all its members," she said at a London reception to celebrate Commonwealth Day."I hope the carefully chosen words ...
Military plane crashes in Washington state SEATTLE: A military plane assigned to a Washington state Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island crashed on Monday morning, base spokesman Mike Welding said.Local media reports indicated that three people were feared dead.The plane, Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, a twin-engine electronic warfare aircraft, went down sometime before 8:45 a.m. local time in Lincoln County in eastern Washington state, but specific details such as what caused the crash or the number of passengers on board were ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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