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Doctors in Syria war zones risk ALEPPO: A week ago, British-Syrian doctor known as Abu Shamel was playing with his young son at home in Manchester. Now he is crouching on a street corner in Syria's Aleppo, picking a sniper bullet out of a confused and screaming man as gunfire whizzes overhead and explosions echo in the background. Fighters had dragged the victim from the shattered district of Salaheddine. They lay him down a few metres away on a black mattress and exposed his buttocks. Abu Shamel quickly pulls out the bullet, dresses the wound, and sends the man to a secret field hospital, still undetected by state forces. Rebels in Syria's largest city badly need men like Abu Shamel since fighting began here more than two weeks ago. In the war zone much of this city has become, the opposition's medical supplies are scarce and casualties are mounting. Abu Shamel, 37, has a thick salt-and-pepper beard and wears a ...

Assad sends condolences after Iran quake  DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday sent a message of condolences to his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the deadly earthquake which struck his country's closest ally. "On behalf of the Syrian people, President Assad expressed great sorrow for the victims of the two earthquakes and offered his condolences to the families of the victims and the Iranian people," state news agency SANA reported. Two powerful earthquakes struck northwest Iran on Saturday, leaving 227 people dead ...
Arab ministers meeting on Syria postponed  CAIRO: The Arab League has postponed a meeting of Arab foreign ministers scheduled for Sunday to discuss the Syria crisis and to select a replacement for Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League envoy, an Arab League official said. "They have postponed it," the official said in reference to the meeting that had been due to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The official did not give a new date for the meeting or any reason for ...
Arab ministers to meet Sunday on Syria: Egyptian state TV CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers will meet on Sunday in Jeddah to discuss developments in Syria and selecting a replacement for Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League envoy, Egyptian state TV said on Saturday. The meeting comes before Muslim leaders meet in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit. "Arab foreign ministers will hold a meeting tomorrow in Jeddah to discuss who will be appointed as a successor to Annan," deputy Arab League chief ...
Iran diplomacy for Syria TEHRAN: As Syria's conflict grinds bloodily on, Iran threw its diplomatic muscle this week into trying to save its Damascus ally but Western observers said the effort was likely to worsen the crisis. "Distrust between Iran and the West means Iran's attempt at a parallel diplomatic track simply exacerbates the divisions between those, like Russia and Iran, who want (President Bashar al-) Assad to stay and the rest of the world who see that his violent ...
US to announce new Syria sanctions soon: official  ACCRA: The United States plans new sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and its supporters to put further pressure on Damascus, a US State Department official said Friday. News of imminent fresh sanctions came with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set to fly to Istanbul for further talks on the Syrian crisis and Washington focusing on supporting the opposition seeking to topple Assad. The United States has been forced to seek strategies outside of the ...
US adds Hezbollah to Syria sanctions list  WASHINGTON: The United States denounced the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah for backing Bashar al-Assad on Friday, and added it to a list of organizations under sanctions for their ties to the Syrian regime. "This action highlights Hezbollah's activities within Syria and its integral role in the continued violence the Assad regime is inflicting on the Syrian population," the US Treasury Department said in a statement. Washington already classes Hezbollah a "terrorist organization" and it is under US ...


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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
WeeklyJune 25, 2015
Reserves $17.457 bln