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Bomb explodes in Bahrain village DUBAI: A bomb blast in Bahrain village, the scene of simmering unrest since anti-government protests were crushed in 2011, has left three policemen slightly wounded, officials said.The three were on patrol in the6 village of Bani Jamra when the blast occurred, the Gulf kingdom's interior ministry said in a statement on Twitter posted late Friday.It said that the three sustained minor injuries, describing the explosion as a "terrorist" blast and adding that "necessary steps are being taken", without elaborating.Witnesses said that the blast occurred late Friday and that security forces swiftly sealed off the village, which lies not far from the capital Manama.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Palestinians submit UN resolution, open to negotiate: envoy UNITED NATIONS: The Palestinians on Wednesday submitted a draft UN resolution paving the way to a final peace deal with Israel, but the Palestinian representative said there could still be negotiations on the text.The draft was presented to the UN Security Council by fellow Arab member Jordan, envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Palestinian killed in Israeli military operation in West Bank RAMALLAH: A Palestinian was killed overnight during an Israeli military operation in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank, medical and security sources said Tuesday.The 22-year-old man was killed when troops entered the camp to make an arrest, triggering clashes with residents, the sources said. The Israeli army confirmed that its special forces had launched a raid on the camp and said that its troops responded when they came under fire.It added ...
European help for Palestinians 'endangers Israel': Netanyahu LONDON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that European support for a Palestinian bid at the UN to force an Israeli military withdrawal could harm his country as the US sought to head of a diplomatic crisis."I said that the attempts of the Palestinians and of several European countries to force conditions on Israel will only lead to a deterioration in the regional situation and will endanger Israel," he said in a statement."Therefore, we ...
Kerry to meet Palestinian negotiator in London talks LONDON: Top US diplomat John Kerry meets chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat Tuesday hoping to avert a diplomatic crisis over a UN bid to force Israel to withdraw from Palestinian land.The American secretary of state will seek to persuade the Palestinians not to rush ahead with a draft UN resolution seeking to set a two-year timetable for an end to the Israeli occupation.Kerry has spent the past two days jetting across Europe meeting his counterparts ...
Israel vote puts PM, centre-left on collision course JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a growing threat from centre-left rivals who have joined forces to try to oust the rightwing leader in snap elections, experts say.Parliament on Monday set polling day for March 17, just over two years after Netanyahu's right-leaning coalition took office, and following a spat in which he fired two ministers and called the early vote.The challenge will come from an alliance between Isaac Herzog's Labour party and the ...
Israel gas deal stirs domestic opposition in Jordan AMMAN: Jordanian plans to buy gas from Israel have aroused fierce opposition in the kingdom at a time of mounting criticism of the Jewish state's policies towards the Palestinians.Parliament began debating the proposed gas deal on Tuesday, after 79 lawmakers in the 150-seat house filed a motion calling for it to be scrapped."Gas supply is part of national security, so how can we link it to an enemy who does not respect its commitments?" asked ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln