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Yemeni protesters storm US embassy: AFP  SANAA: Yemeni protesters, angry over a film mocking Islam, on Thursday stormed the complex of the US embassy in Sanaa, defying efforts by riot police to hold them at bay, an AFP correspondent said. Protesters torched a number of diplomatic vehicle as security forces used water cannons and warning shots in a bid to drive them out. Police had earlier fired warning shots to disperse few thousands of protesters as they approached the main gate of the mission. The attack comes two days after four Americans including the ambassador were killed when a Libyan mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, and protesters in Cairo tore down the Stars and Stripes and replaced it with a black Islamic flag. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Four killed in Aleppo as Syria fighting rages  BEIRUT: At least 11 people were killed early on Thursday in an air strike by government forces on a district of Syria's commercial capital and second city Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The latest violence comes ahead of a visit later in the day to Damascus by the new UN and Arab League peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi. In Aleppo, the scene for nearly two months of fierce clashes between regime forces and rebels of ...
Summary of events in Syria on Wednesday  DAMASCUS: Main events in the Syrian conflict on Wednesday:   - Outside the northern commercial hub Aleppo, fighting erupts in the Nayrab area, around five kilometres (three miles) from the airport, which remains fully operational. The army shells a string of neighbourhoods in central Aleppo, including Suleiman al-Halabi, Sheikh Khodr and Qadi Askar.   Separately, four Syrian Armenians are killed and 13 wounded in Aleppo on the way home from the airport after a trip to Yerevan, according to ...
Syria envoy to head to Damascus on Thursday CAIRO: UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will head to Syria on Thursday, his first trip to the country since taking up his post, a senior Arab diplomat said on Wednesday. The pan-Arab satellite channel Al Arabiya had also reported the date of the visit and said Brahimi would meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
Libyan democracy must not be ROME: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti condemned Wednesday an attack on a US consulate in Libya that left the US ambassador and three other officials dead, urging Libya to stick to democratic transition. "We will continue to support the government of the new democratic Libya, which we are sure will spare no effort in preventing Libya's new course from  being hijacked," Monti said at a press conference in Rome. "We condemn with maximum firmness this brutal act," ...
Israel denies blocking Jordan nuclear programme  JERUSALEM: Israeli officials on Wednesday roundly denied charges by Jordan's King Abdullah II that the Jewish state was seeking to foil Amman's nuclear energy programme.   "Israel supports the use of nuclear power in Jordan to meet its energy and water needs and has never acted against the Jordanian programme," an Israeli official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.   Israel could even be a potential customer for any electricity produced in Jordan through nuclear energy, he said.   "Israel ...
Syria rebels kill at least 18 soldiers in attack: NGO  BEIRUT: Syrian rebels killed at least 18 soldiers in the northwestern town of Saraqeb on Wednesday when they set off a car bomb outside a military position and then attacked it, a watchdog said. "There were 70 to 100 soldiers there when the attack occurred," Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP. "Twenty soldiers escaped, and clashes are still going on," he added. Abdul Rahman said details on the incident were still ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
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