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US drone kills senior Qaeda militant in Yemen: AQAP DUBAI: Al-Qaeda said Thursday that one of its top militants, Harith al-Nadhari who threatened more attacks on France after the Charlie Hebdo killings, died in a US drone strike in Yemen.Nadhari and three other militants were killed in a January 31 "crusader American drone strike against their car in the Saeed area of Shabwa province in southern Yemen," Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said on Twitter.Nadhari had threatened France with further attacks like those in Paris on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket that killed 17 people between January 7 and 9.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Saudi King orders big bonuses for all state employees RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered two months bonus salary for all state employees, plus two months bonus pension for all retired state employees in a decree on Thursday. He also ordered two months of bonus payments for students who receive state grants and for social security beneficiaries. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Double suicide attack on Iraq militia base kills six BAGHDAD: A double suicide attack on a base housing Shiite groups fighting alongside the government north of Baghdad killed at least six people on Thursday, medical sources said."The car rammed an army checkpoint protecting access to the base" in Mishahada, a Baghdad hospital official said. The first blast killed at least three people, including a civilian.Around five minutes later, a suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt blew himself up at the nearby entrance of the ...
Tourist arrivals in Jeddah increase by 70pc ISLAMABAD: The influx of tourists to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has increased by 70 percent with the festivals and activities, drawing huge crowds to the historical city.Hotels and furnished apartments have also recorded an increase of 75 percent as tourists take advantage of online bookings to rent accommodations in advance.Tourist spending has also risen by 50 percent with restaurants and fast food capturing the most sales and high quality restaurants registering a 45 percent increase, Arab ...
1.61mn follow Saudi King Salman on Twitter ISLAMABAD: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia, King Salman has become a widely followed world leader on Twitter, while his popularity is progressively growing on other social media networks.The new king has overtaken many leaders on the popular microblogging site, and he is currently being followed on all social sites by Saudi citizens, scholars and world leaders."Following the death of King Abdullah, the newly crowned King Salman gained thousands of Twitter followers," ...
US closes embassy in Yemen to public until further notice SANAA: The United States said on Monday that it has closed its embassy in Yemen to the public until further notice due to security concerns."Due to the recent resignation of the Yemeni president, prime minister, and cabinet, and the ongoing security concerns, the US embassy in Sanaa is unable to provide routine consular services and will have very limited ability to assist with emergency cases involving US citizens," the embassy said on its website."The US ...
Seven killed in heavy rocket attack on Damascus: monitor BEIRUT: Islamist fighters struck the Syrian capital with at least 38 rockets on Sunday, killing seven people, a monitoring group said, in one of heaviest attacks on Damascus in over a year.State media confirmed the attack and said at least four people were killed. It said the army was retaliating.The Saudi-backed Islam Army, based in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, had warned earlier that it would hit back against an air strike last week ...


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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 $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln