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US marines to Yemen to bolster security WASHINGTON: A platoon of Marines from with the fleet anti-terrorism security team have been sent to Yemen to bolster security at the embassy and are now on the ground in Sanaa, the Pentagon said on Friday. "This is partly a response to events over the past two days at our embassy in Yemen but it's also in part a precautionary measure," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...

One killed, two wounded in north Lebanon protest TRIPOLI: One demonstrator was killed and two others were wounded in clashes with security forces in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday in Islamist protests over a film insulting the Muslim Prophet Mohammad and against the pope's visit to Lebanon. A security source said the man was killed as protesters tried to storm a government building. Earlier a US fast food restaurant was set alight. Twelve members of the security forces were wounded by stones ...
Syrian opposition group to visit China BEIJING: A Syrian opposition chief will visit China from on Sunday to hold talks on an end to the violence in the war-torn nation and a Syrian-led political transition, Beijing said. Hassan Abdel Azim, an official with the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCC), will visit from September 16 to 20 and will meet foreign ministry officials, ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday. "In order to push for the political resolution of the Syrian issue, China ...
Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Lebanon BEIRUT: Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon on Friday for a three-day visit in which he is expected to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to Christians and Muslims, said an AFP correspondent at Rafiq Hariri International Airport. The pope, who left a rainy Rome late morning, arrived to sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. A crowd of dignitaries and around 100 cheering supporters looked on, one holding up a banner that said "Joy to Lebanon. The ...
Libya assembly chief pays respects to slain US envoy BENGHAZI: The head of Libya's national assembly, Mohammed al-Megaryef, paid respects to slain US ambassador Chris Stevens during a visit to the American consulate in Benghazi on Friday. Megaryef placed a bouquet of flowers in front of the consulate where Stevens died on Tuesday when suspected Islamic militants fired on the compound with rocket-propelled grenades and set it ablaze. Visibly moved, the president of the General National Congress said he regretted the loss of "a friend of ...
Jolie listens to plight of Syria refugees in Turkey  ANKARA: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said Thursday that Syrian refugees were deeply worried about the plight of their families back home as she visited a Turkish camp on the border with the war-torn nation. "They are very very emotional and very deeply saddened by the situation in Syria and very concerned about their family and friends in their country," said Jolie, a UN special envoy. "Our thoughts are with them and with the Turkish people and we ...
Yemeni police drive protesters out of US embassy SANAA: Security forces on Thursday managed to drive out protesters angry over a film mocking Islam who stormed the US embassy in the Yemeni capital, an AFP correspondent said. All protesters who breached the fence of the American mission in Sanaa have been ejected, the correspondent reported. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...


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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 $-1.998 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklySeptember 21, 2015
Reserves $18.726 bln