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Syria shot down Turkish fighter jet, says Ankara  ANKARA: Turkey said Friday that Syria had shot down a Turkish fighter jet which was reported missing near their border over the eastern Mediterranean earlier in the day. After a joint search and rescue operation with Syria, "it has been understood that our plane has been struck down by Syria," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a written statement after leading an emergency meeting of top military and government figures. Erdogan also said "Turkey will announce its final position and take necessary steps with determination after the incident is entirely clarified," without further elaborating on possible retaliatory measures. The jet had lost radio contact with its base over the eastern Mediterranean near Syria's Latakia, an army statement said earlier. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Bahrain opposition leader says injured in police clashes  MANAMA: The leader of Bahrain's leading opposition party was hit by a rubber bullet and teargas canister during clashes with riot police on Friday, the party said, describing it as an escalation of government efforts to stop protests led by majority Shias. Sheikh Ali Salman was hit on the chest and shoulder, his Wefaq party said in a statement, and several others were also injured including Hassan Marzouk, pictures of whom circulated on social media showing ...
Syria says 25 dead in massacre, Turkish plane missing  DAMASCUS: The Syrian regime accused rebels on Friday of carrying out a "brutal massacre" of 25 of its supporters, as neighbouring Turkey held emergency talks after one of its warplanes went down in the Mediterranean.. Monitors said regime forces fired on demonstrators in Syria's second-largest city Aleppo, killing at least eight people, with another killed in the province of the same name. Meanwhile, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan urged world powers to increase pressure on both sides ...
Turkish army loses contact with plane near Syria  ANKARA: The Turkish army said Friday it lost radar and radio contact with one of its aircraft on the Mediterranean near neighbouring Syria. The plane took off from Malatya airbase in the southeast at 0730 GMT and lost communication with the base at 0858 GMT in the southwest of the Hatay province bordering Syria, the military command said in a statement posted online. "Search and rescue efforts have started immediately," it said. NTV private news channel reported citing ...
Russia to try shipping helicopters to Syria again  MOSCOW: A Russian ship will make a second attempt to deliver military helicopters to Syria after docking in the northern port of Murmansk on return from its current voyage, Interfax reported on Friday. The Alaed cargo vessel will return to Murmansk on Saturday and then set off again for the Syrian port of Tartus under the accompaniment of at least one other Russian ship, an unnamed diplomatic source told the news agency. "If it sails on its ...
1.5mn Syrians need humanitarian help: UN  GENEVA: The number of Syrians in need of humanitarian aid has shot up by 500,000 to 1.5 million in less than three months, the UN said on Friday. "The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate," the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update. "It is now estimated that up to 1.5 million people need humanitarian assistance." The figure is up from the one million people experts said were in need at the ...
26 regime supporters killed in north Syria ambush  BEIRUT: At least 26 regime supporters were killed in an ambush in the northern province of Aleppo on Friday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "At least 26 supporters of the regime -- believed to be militiamen -- were shot dead in the west of the province of Aleppo," the watchdog said, adding that regime forces have shelled villages in the area for several weeks. 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 $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln