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Four soldiers killed in Yemen in attack on intelligence HQ  ADEN: Suspected militants in Yemen fired rocket-propelled grenades at the headquarters of the intelligence service in the city of Aden on Saturday, killing four soldiers and wounding at least 10 others, a security source and witnesses said. The United States has been pouring aid into Yemen to stem the threat of attacks from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and to try to prevent any spillover of violence into neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter. A US-backed military offensive drove al Qaeda-linked militants from their strongholds in the southern part of the country in June, but they have since stepped up their attacks on government facilities. In the attack on Saturday, witnesses said militants had fired rocket-propelled grenades at the intelligence service's three-storey building, setting it on fire and shattering its windows. "The operation seemed to have been well planned," a local security source said, adding he believed the attackers belonged ...

Gunmen kill two Yemeni soldiers in south ADEN: Gunmen killed two Yemeni soldiers and wounded six people, including three civilians, in an attack on Saturday on intelligence headquarters in the main southern city of Aden, a security official said. The masked gunmen "used machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades" in the attack in the Tawahi coastal neighbourhood of Aden, the official told AFP requesting anonymity. He said the assailants failed to reach the intelligence headquarters and were repelled by guards stationed at the entrance to the ...
UN leader slams Iranian president comment UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon is "dismayed" by the latest anti-Israel comments made by Iranian leaders, a spokesman said on Friday. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's attack on Israel as being a "cancerous tumour" has already been condemned by the United States and France. Ahead of mass demonstrations in Tehran on Friday, supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Israel will "disappear". "The secretary general is dismayed by the remarks threatening Israel's existence attributed over the last two ...
Iran will not match Bahrain envoy move: deputy minister TEHRAN: Iran will not reciprocate Bahrain's decision to reinstate its ambassador, deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in remarks published Saturday, charging that the Gulf state's Sunni rulers were still repressing its Shiite majority. "As long as the regime's repression of the Bahraini people goes on, Iran will not take any decision to return its ambassador to Manama," the website of Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam television quoted Amir Abdollahian as saying. "The return of the Bahraini ambassador to ...
China says will BEIJING: China on Saturday welcomed the naming of Lakhdar Brahimi as the new international envoy for the conflict in Syria, vowing support and cooperation for his mission after he replaced Kofi Annan. "China will support and cooperate positively with Brahimi's efforts at political mediation," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Beijing, a traditional Damascus ally, differs with the West on how to handle the conflict. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Toll from deadly Iraq attacks rises to 82: officials  BAGHDAD: The death toll from a wave of deadly attacks across Iraq on Thursday has risen to at least 82, security and medical officials said on Friday, updating an earlier toll. The spate of bombings and shootings struck 15 cities nationwide, leaving 270 people wounded in the bloodiest day to hit the country in three weeks, just days before the Eid festival that marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The deadliest attack ...
Syrian protesters lash out over regime onslaughts  MAREA: Syrians took to the streets of the northern rebel-held town of Marea after weekly Muslim prayers on Friday, lashing out angrily as the regime's bloody onslaught shows no sign of abating. "God damn your soul Hafez, for fathering Bashar al-Assad," protesters chanted, referring to the autocratic president's predecessor and father Hafez al-Assad. "Freedom forever, whether you like it or not." One carried a placard with "Aazaz" written in letters dripping in red, in memory of the ...


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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
Reserves $18.509 bln