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Syria's Assad pays tribute to soldiers despite setbacks DAMASCUS: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has paid tribute to his army and a group of soldiers who escaped an almost month-long rebel siege, in comments which follow a series of regime losses.Assad, quoted by state news agency SANA late Friday, saluted the "heroism" of some 150 soldiers and their families who were able to escape a hospital building in the town of Jisr al-Shughur in northwestern Syria."You represent with your heroism the soldiers of the Syrian army," Assad told their commanding officer, Colonel Mahmud Sabha."You resisted because you refused failure or capitulation," Assad said."Your life and those of the soldiers of the army and the national defence forces (pro-regime militia) are the most important thing for us and what we try always to protect."The group had been besieged inside the building in Jisr al-Shughur since the town in Idlib province fell to rebels including Al-Qaeda's local affiliate, on April 25.On ...

Jeddah awaits 15,000 pilgrim flights ISLAMABAD: King Abdulaziz International Airport has predicted the arrival and departure of 15,000 flights carrying pilgrims over the next few months.The airport's Haj and Umrah Director Khalid Al-Harby said all flights with pilgrims will be directed to the Haj Terminal. The terminal will be open until mid-Ramadan, he said, Saudi Gazette reported."The northern and southern halls will reopen and operate as usual, receiving all passengers, after the 22nd day of Ramadan," he said.Saudi ministries of ...
Iran aid ship to dock in Yemen Thursday: captain TEHRAN: An Iranian aid ship bound for Yemen in defiance of US warnings has entered the Gulf of Aden and is expected to reach port on Thursday, media reported.The vessel, the Iran Shahed, is carrying 2,500 tonnes of aid including flour, rice, canned food, medical supplies and bottled water, all urgently needed in the conflict-wracked and impoverished state. But the ship's mission has been overshadowed by US calls for it to head to a UN ...
At least 10 killed in overnight fighting in Yemen's Taiz CAIRO: At least 10 people were killed in overnight battles in the Yemeni city of Taiz between Houthis and militiamen, residents and medical sources said on Sunday.The fighting in Taiz comes despite a five-day humanitarian truce which began on Tuesday to distribute aid to the millions deprived of food, fuel and medicine by weeks of fighting.Saudi Arabia, leading a coalition of Arab states backed by the West, has pounded Iranian-allied Houthi forces and fighters loyal ...
Netanyahu coalition 'against peace and stability': Palestinians RAMALLAH: A new coalition government formed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "against peace and stability in the region", a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday.The remarks by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat came after Netanyahu hammered together a coalition just ahead of a midnight deadline, giving him a knife-edge majority of just one seat in parliament.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Saudi king sacks senior aide for photographer 'slap' RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman sacked a senior aide on Tuesday, shortly after a video posted online appeared to show the official slapping a photojournalist, state media said. Salman replaced the head of royal protocol Mohammed al-Tobayshi with Khalid al-Abbad, according to a decree published by the SPA official news agency.In a video circulated on social media, Tobayshi appeared to slap one of the photographers covering the Saudi monarch's reception of Morocco's King Mohammed VI. ...
US, allies conduct 22 air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State: coalition WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies staged 22 strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq in a 24-hour period ending on Monday morning, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.The air strikes hit near Bayji, Sinjar, Fallujah and other cities and struck tactical units, caches and buildings, the statement said.There were no air strikes in Syria during that period, the military said.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 26, 2015
Reserves $17.749 bln