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At least 45 killed in Iraq attacks: officials  BAGHDAD: A wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday killed at least 45 people and wounded more than 180 people, security and medical officials said. The deadliest attacks struck in and around Baghdad, where 18 people were killed in multiple bombings. Attacks also struck Tal Afar, Kirkuk, Daquq, Dibis, Kut, Al-Garma, Al-Baaj, Badush, Tuz Khurmatu, Mosul, Taji, Khales and Baquba. The violence was the deadliest since July 23, when 113 were killed in what was the deadliest day of nationwide unrest in two and a half years. Thursday's violence took to 190 the number of people killed in attacks in August, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical officials. While violence has decreased from its peak in 2006 and 2007, attacks remain common across Iraq. There were attacks on 27 of the 31 days in July, and there has been at least one shooting or bombing every day this month. Official figures put ...

A day of conflict in Syria  DAMASCUS: A snapshot of developments across Syria on Thursday, where the world community was piling on the pressure to end 17 months of bloodshed and the conflict threatened to entangle neighbouring Lebanon. - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that the army pummelled districts across the embattled northern city of Aleppo, notably the northeastern neighbourhoods of Shaar and Qadi Askar. In southwest Aleppo, the army bombarded the flashpoint districts of Salaheddin, which loyalist troops recaptured ...
UN Council orders end to Syria observer mission  UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Thursday ordered the end of the UN observer mission in Syria but backed calls for a political office to remain in Damascus. "The conditions to continue UNSMIS were not fulfilled," France's UN ambassador Gerard Araud said after a council meeting on the Syria conflict. The mandate of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria ends at midnight on Sunday. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
15 Syrians die in Turkish hospitals after air strike  ANKARA: About 15 Syrians have died in Turkish hospitals of their wounds from an air strike after 100 were sent across the border for treatment following the attack, a Turkish official said Thursday. Many of those injured suffered severe burns in Wednesday's air strike by a Syrian air force MiG fighter jet in the town of Aazaz near Aleppo, which killed more than 30 people instantly and left more than 200 injured. Many of the wounded were ...
8 dead, 51 wounded in wave of Iraq attacks: officials  BAGHDAD: At least eight people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a spate of attacks in Baghdad as well as northern and western Iraq early on Thursday, security and medical officials said. They reported at least a dozen bomb blasts and a shooting in five different cities, with the deadliest attack near the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah where four policemen were shot dead at a checkpoint. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Bahrain DUBAI: Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air will resume flights to Iraq and Iran on September 20 after a hiatus of 17 months, the tiny Gulf kingdom's official BNA news agency said on Wednesday. The flights to Iraq and Iran -- two countries where Shiite leaders criticised Sunni-ruled, Shiite-majority Bahrain's bloody crackdown last year on Shiite-led protests calling for democratic reforms -- were stopped in March 2011. "Bahrain's national carrier, Gulf Air will resume its services to Iran ...
Syria air strike hits hospital, doctor and HRW say  ALEPPO: Syrian air force missiles struck a hospital in a rebel-held area of Aleppo wounding one person, a doctor there said on Wednesday, and Human Rights Watch called it was an attack in violation of international law. Reuters saw at least two gaping holes in the walls and major damage to four floors of the Al Shifaa Hospital which was hit on Tuesday. "If we had lingered just another five minutes, we would have died," said the ...


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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln