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Israel PM approves 300 settler homes in occupied West Bank JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday approved the "immediate" construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups."After consultations in the prime minister's office, the immediate construction of 300 homes in Beit El has been authorised," a statement from Netanyahu's office said, adding that planning for another 504 homes in annexed East Jerusalem had also been approved.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Two Bahrain police killed in 'terror' blast DUBAI: An explosion has killed two policemen and wounded six others in Sitra island area of Bahrain, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, describing it as a "terror" attack.The blast in Sitra island, the scene of frequent clashes between security forces and demonstrators, comes days after announced it had foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons from rival Iran.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Iraq forces retake university on edge of Ramadi BAGHDAD: Iraqi government forces recaptured a university campus Sunday on the outskirts of Ramadi from the Islamic State group, seizing a key position for any offensive to retake the city, officials said.Iraqi forces had recaptured parts of Anbar University in May, shortly after losing the provincial capital to the jihadists, but later pulled back.The university was retaken by elite forces from Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), known as the "Golden Brigade"."The Golden Brigade managed to ...
Syria's Assad says army consolidating in most important areas BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday the army had been forced to give up areas in order to hold onto more important ones in its fight with insurgents, and the scale of the war meant the military faced a man power shortage.He also said groups fighting to topple him had received increased backing from their state sponsors in a reference to countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia."Sometimes, in some circumstances, we are forced ...
Syria rebel rocket kills five children BEIRUT: Rebel rocket fire on a government-held area of Syria's second city Aleppo killed five children, four of them brothers, a monitoring group said on Sunday.The Saturday evening rocket struck the Shahba al-Jadida district in the west of the city, where loyalist forces have held out since rebels seized the east in 2012, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Civilian casualties have been high in Aleppo, where both sides are accused of indiscriminate bombing.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
Saudi-led raid kill at least 35 in south Yemen: medics SANAA: At least 35 civilians have been killed and dozens wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air raid in southwestern Yemen, medical sources said Saturday. Women and children were among those killed in the Friday night strike in the town of Mokhba, close to the third city of Taez, the sources said.The raid hit a residential neighbourhood where employees of the town's power station lived, according to residents. They said several houses were destroyed and that ...
US defence chief Carter in Iraq for talks BAGHDAD: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for talks with top political and military officials on Iraq's war against the Islamic State group.Carter, on his first visit to Iraq since taking the job in February, is expected to meet Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, as well as tribal leaders from Anbar province, where much of the current fighting is taking place.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln