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Iraq bombings kill at least seven people  BAGHDAD: Two roadside bombs killed at least seven people south of Baghdad on Wednesday, security and medical officials said, in the latest in a wave of attacks in Iraq this month. A roadside bomb exploded near the garden of a house in Madain, while a second bomb detonated after people gathered at the site of the first blast, an interior minister official said. A medical source said that two hospitals had received seven bodies and more than 20 people who were wounded in the blasts, while the interior ministry official said eight people were killed and 10 wounded. With the latest violence, at least 183 people have died in Iraq since June 13 -- more than the number of people killed in all of May, according to official figures. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Bahrain pays $2.6m in compensation for crackdown dead DUBAI: Bahrain has paid out $2.6 million in compensation to the families of 17 people killed in last year's bloody crackdown on Shiite-led pro-democracy protests, a government statement said. It was the first time the authorities had paid compensation for those who perished when the security forces crushed the February-March 2011 protests, leaving 35 people dead, according to an independent inquiry. The Tuesday statement said the compensation payments came in response to a recommendation by the Bahrain ...
Three dead in attack on Syria TV: state media  DAMASCUS: A "terrorist attack" on a pro-government television channel near Damascus killed three staff early on Wednesday, the state SANA news agency reported. The assailants also ransacked the offices of the Al-Ikhbariya channel, the news agency added, without immediately giving more details on the attack. The channel remained on the air despite the reported assault, a fact hailed by state television. "Despite the barbarity of the terrorists' crime and their attempt to silence the voice of Syria... Al-Ikhbariya ...
Syria BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday his country was in a real state of war and gave no sign of a softer approach towards a pro-democracy revolt by ordering his newly appointed government to direct all policies towards winning. "We live in a real state of war from all angles," Assad told a cabinet he appointed on Tuesday. "When we are in a war, all policies and all sides and all sectors need to ...
Heavy fighting around Syrian capital  BEIRUT: Syrian government forces battled rebels outside Damascus on Tuesday in what activists said was the worst violence in the suburbs of the capital since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago. Video published by activists recorded heavy gunfire and explosions. A trail of fresh blood on a sidewalk in the suburb of Qudsiya led into a building where one casualty was taken. A naked man writhed in pain, his body pierced by ...
Abbas seeks Putin BETHLEHEM: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help unblock long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Putin met with Abbas during a stop in Bethlehem on a brief trip to the West Bank, a day after a stop in Israel where he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. In a statement to the press after their meeting, Abbas urged Putin to help secure the release of dozens ...
Erdogan says Syria shooting of jet a ‘hostile act’  ANKARA: Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused neighbouring Syria of a "hostile act" and "heinous attack" in shooting down the army jet in international airspace without warning. "We did not receive a single warning, note from Syria (regarding airspace violation)...They acted without (warning). This is a hostile act," Erdogan told a parliamentary meeting, in which he called the Syrian fire a "heinous attack." Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
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