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Syrians on Haj, Umrah visas can stay on ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Arabia has decided to allow Syrians to stay in the country without Iqamas as long as their visit, Haj, or Umrah visas are valid, but they would have to correct their status later.According to the Saudi Minister of Justice Mohammed Al-Issa, the ministry would allow Syrians holding these visas to live here legally.Sources indicate the ministry asked the General Directorate of Passports to inquire into the possibility of granting Syrians this concession, Arab news reported."The Directorate General of Passports replied that this would be permissible as long as the visit visa granted to the individual is valid," said sources, quoted by the local media.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...

Israel PM Netanyahu easily wins party vote JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu easily won a primary vote to remain leader of the ruling rightwing Likud party ahead of a snap election on March 17, the group's spokeswoman said on Thursday."With nearly 60 percent of the ballots counted, Benjamin Netanyahu took 80 percent of the vote and Danny Danon (his only rival) 20 percent," Noga Katz told AFP, adding that the final results will be known later Thursday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Israel 'satisfied' as Palestinian UN resolution fails JERUSALEM: Israel expressed satisfaction on Wednesday after the UN Security Council failed to adopt a controversial resolution on Palestinian statehood setting a 12-month deadline for reaching a final peace deal. "Every Israeli who wants peace with our neighbours can only be satisfied with the results of this vote," deputy foreign minister Tzahi HaNegbi told public radio several hours after the resolution failed to pass within the 15-member council. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
IS publishes 'interview' with captured Jordan pilot BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has published what it says is an interview with a Jordanian pilot it captured after his plane crashed in Syria last week.In the comments attributed to the pilot, he says his plane was hit by a heat-seeking missile, endorsing the militant group's version of events, which has been rejected by both Jordan and the United States.The purported interview published by the IS online English-language magazine Dabiq on Monday is accompanied ...
Five bombs explode in Yemeni capital, killing one ADEN: Five bombs exploded on Tuesday in Sanaa's old quarter, where many supporters of Houthi group live, killing at least one person and wounding another, a Yemeni security official said.No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.Witnesses said the blasts occurred early in the morning at a time when only a few people were on the streets. One of the bombs exploded when a member of the Houthi militia tried to dismantle it, residents said. ...
US Navy chopper crashes in Kuwait, minor injuries DUBAI: A US Navy helicopter has crashed during a training mission in the Gulf state of Kuwait, slightly injuring three crew members, the Bahrain-based Naval Forces Central Command said on Monday.The MH-60S helicopter went down on Sunday morning during the overland training flight at Camp Buehring in Kuwait, it said in a statement."All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crew ...
Bomb explodes in Bahrain village DUBAI: A bomb blast in Bahrain village, the scene of simmering unrest since anti-government protests were crushed in 2011, has left three policemen slightly wounded, officials said.The three were on patrol in the6 village of Bani Jamra when the blast occurred, the Gulf kingdom's interior ministry said in a statement on Twitter posted late Friday.It said that the three sustained minor injuries, describing the explosion as a "terrorist" blast and adding that "necessary steps are ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln