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Car bomb at Iraq North Oil Company kills seven KIRKUK: A car bomb near Kirkuk city at the headquarters of Iraq's North Oil Company killed seven people and wounded 17 others on Sunday, a high-ranking police officer and a doctor said. The bomb exploded about 7:30 am (0430 GMT) in a car park at the rear gate of the state-owned North Oil Company, which is about 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the northern city of Kirkuk, the police officer said. The blast killed seven people who were seeking to join a force that guards oil facilities, and wounded 17 others, the officer said, a toll confirmed by Dr Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Syria army repels rebel attack on Aleppo barracks  BEIRUT: Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopters repelled a rebel attack on an army base in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday after a 20-hour battle, military officials and witnesses said. The government forces pushed rebels out of the Hanano military base, a fortress-like compound in the east of the city, parts of which rebels claimed to have captured on Friday, they said. "There are a lot of victims on both sides," one witness told ...
Iraqi killed, four wounded by Syria mortar fire FALLUJAH: Mortar rounds fired from Syria killed a young Iraqi girl and wounded four other people overnight in a border town in western Iraq, security and medical officials said on Saturday. Four mortar rounds hit Al-Qaim shortly before midnight on Friday, army Captain Ali Juwayir from Anbar Operations Command said, adding two of the rounds hit two homes in the town. Juwayir said a four-year-old girl was killed and four other people wounded, a toll confirmed by ...
War of words on streets Aleppo ALEPPO: At Sayyed Ali Square in central Aleppo, rebels cry out "Allahu Akbar" God is greatest to which Syrian government troops respond "You will soon join him," before the shooting starts up again. Since the regular army recaptured the city's Christian district of Jdeideh from the rebel Free Syrian Army on August 22, the frontline has come to a virtual standstill in the area despite intermittent outbursts of violence. Hidden in buildings, snipers await their prey, on ...
UN calls for more Syria aid  GENEVA: The UN-backed Syrian Humanitarian Forum launched an appeal on Friday for more countries to give aid to alleviate the suffering in conflict-torn Syria. "We are in a crisis mode, we are in an emergency mode," said John Ging, chairman of the forum that groups different UN agencies' aid efforts. "We have authorised our operations to the maximum with the funds available. We urgently need additional resources to be able to cope with the situation." Ging said some ...
Five killed as bombs hit Damascus  BEIRUT: Five soldiers were killed as a motorcycle bomb struck the Syrian capital Friday, state media reported, as witnesses and monitors said troops shelled the southern outskirts and stormed a nearby rebel town. The bomb struck as worshippers left a mosque after Friday prayers in the northern neighbourhood of Rokn Eddin, state television said. "The terrorist attack killed five members of the security forces and injured several others." In a second attack, a car bomb caused damage ...
EgyptAir suspends flights due to cabin crew strike CAIRO: State-owned EgyptAir suspended international flights for 12 hours from Cairo on Friday because of a strike by cabin crew of the national airline over pay and conditions. The airline said in a statement, carried by the state news agency, that the flights would be suspended between 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) and 4 p.m. (1400 GMT). A spokesman for the cabin crew, Tamer al-Sioufi, said the strike was called for Friday after he said the airline had ...


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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 $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln