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Syria rebels condemn reported executions  BEIRUT: The rebel Free Syrian Army on Friday condemned and rejected responsibility for the execution of regime loyalists in the northern city of Aleppo after a video emerged of the reported killings. "We strongly condemn this kind of irresponsible behavior and call on all revolutionary forces and the fighters on the ground to condemn such acts," the FSA's joint command said in a statement. The rebel leadership insisted the killings were "unacceptable, isolated and illegal" and that the FSA had no links to those who who carried them out. "These reprehensible acts do not conform with the ethics of the FSA or the Syrian revolution. "We respect international laws and conventions, notably the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners," said the statement, which also called for an investigation. Amnesty International on Friday said an investigation by the FSA "into the alleged unlawful killings of 14 members of the Al-Berri clan (...) should be referred ...

Attacks on Iraq security forces kill 11  SAMARRA: Shootings and a bombing killed at least six soldiers and five police on Friday, Iraqi security and medical officials said, a day after 33 people were killed in attacks mainly targeting security forces. At least 50 people, among them 37 members of the security forces, have been killed in violence in the first three days of August, which have seen a number of attacks on soldiers, police and anti-Al-Qaeda militiamen, and their facilities. A roadside bomb ...
Aleppo protesters demand death for Assad  ALEPPO: Protesters in Aleppo took to the streets on Friday to demand death for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad even as violence raged between regime forces and rebels, an AFP journalist and rights watchdog said. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the al-Shaar neighbourhood of the country's economic capital, chanting: "The people want the execution of Bashar!" and "The people want freedom and peace," an AFP reporter saw. "We go down the street with a single objective: the liberation ...
Aleppo battered ahead of UN vote ALEPPO: Shells rained down on rebel positions in Aleppo on Friday ahead of a UN vote to deplore both the Syrian regime's use of heavy arms and world powers for failing to agree on steps to end the conflict. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad also moved on rebel-held enclaves of Damascus a day after shelling killed 21 civilians at the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the capital, according to a rights watchdog. Activists were still counting ...
Shelling of Syria refugee camp kills 15 civilians: NGO BEIRUT: Shelling of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital killed at least 15 civilians, including two children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. The Britain-based monitoring group said the mortar shells slammed into the camp, on the southern outskirts of Damascus, on Thursday night, as President Bashar al-Assad's regime pressed its bid to crush an uprising that erupted in March 2011. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Annan blames major powers for resignation  UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations and the Arab League's Syria envoy Kofi Annan blamed the major powers for not giving enough backing to his peace efforts on Thursday as he resigned his post With Syria spiraling ever further out of control and the UN Security Council riven by division over the future of President Bashar al-Assad, Annan's withdrawal dealt a hammer blow to hopes for a political solution. "I did not receive all the support that the ...
Australia urges world AMMAN: Australia on Thursday urged the world "not to neglect" the conflict in Syria, where thousands have been killed and many more have fled to neighbouring countries. "We urge the world not to neglect this crisis even for a moment," Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr told a joint news conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh in Amman. Carr, who said he planned to visit Syrian refugees in northern Jordan, called for aiding the kingdom, which is ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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