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US drone killed two Iranian troops in Iraq: state media TEHRAN: Two Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen were killed by a US drone in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, Iranian state media said Monday, in a report that was denied by the Pentagon.The official IRNA news agency said the two had been posted to Iraq as advisers in the war against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists and that they died in the drone strike on March 23.Pictures of the two men, named as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, were posted on Iranian news websites after their funerals on home soil.The Fars news agency called Jafari, 29, the third "martyr in defence of the shrines" from the northern Iranian city of Amol. Yazdani was buried in Tehran, it reported.Iran, the predominant Shiite Muslim power in the Middle East, has said it is supporting ally Iraq and will protect its Shiite holy places against IS.However, the US Department of Defense said in a statement ...

UN Secretary General troubled by Iraq abuse claims, refugees BAGHDAD: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he was concerned about reported abuses by Iraqi pro-government forces and militias in their war against Islamic State.Ban, who read his remarks alongside Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, called for the different "volunteer armed groups" - a broad term referring to Shia paramilitary factions - to be brought under government control.He also told reporters he worried that neither Baghdad nor the world community was capable ...
Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya."We ...
Yemen FM rules out Huthi talks until surrender CAIRO: Yemen's foreign minister on Sunday ruled out any dialogue with Huthi rebels until President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government retakes full control of the country.Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin said there could be "no negotiations and dialogue until the legitimate government has control over all Yemeni lands"."Any party that wants to talk about dialogue has to first give up weapons seized from bases and return them to the state," he told Egyptian state television in an ...
Yemen's Hadi will not return to Aden 'for now': FM SHARM EL SHEIKH: Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi left an Arab summit in Egypt for Saudi Arabia on Saturday, but will not return to his country "for now," his foreign minister told AFP.Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin said Hadi had flown back to Riyadh with Saudi King Salman."Not for now, when the situation settles first," he said when asked if Hadi would return to the battle-torn southern city of Aden, which had been his base until ...
At least 9 killed in Aden arms depot blast: health official ADEN: At least nine people were killed in explosions at an arms depot in Yemen's southern port of Aden Saturday after numerous people rushed in to loot the facility, a senior health official said."We have so far retrieved 9 charred bodies," said health department director Al-Kheder Lassouar."We have information that there are more bodies inside that we were not able to reach" as explosions continued after people went inside to loot, he added.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
UN evacuating staff from Yemeni capital Sanaa: UN source ADEN: The United Nations began evacuating international staff from Sanaa on Saturday due to the security situation in the Yemeni capital, where a Saudi-led air campaign has been targeting Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces, a U.N. source said.The source said the staff, numbering more than 100, were heading to the airport and were expected to relocate to several countries including Jordan.United Nations Special envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar was due to join U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJanuary
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln