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Jordan confirms joining Saudi-led intervention in Yemen AMMAN: Jordan on Thursday confirmed it is taking part in a Saudi-led coalition to defend Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against advancing Shiite rebels who are threatening his stronghold in Aden.An official Jordanian source said its participation in the operation, alongside other Arab countries, was aimed at "supporting the legitimacy, stability and security of Yemen".Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Syria's Assad meets far-right Belgian politician DAMASCUS: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received a delegation of Belgian lawmakers led by far-right Flemish nationalist Filip Dewinter, state media reported.State news agency SANA said Assad met the delegation to discuss the conflict in Syria, in which more than 215,000 people have been killed since March 2011.Assad criticised European countries, without naming them, for "making a serious mistake by allying with countries that support terrorism that distorts Islam"."Terrorist organisations and those who support ...
Bahrain jails 11 over police attack DUBAI: Bahrain on Sunday jailed 11 people for 15 years each over an attack on a police station in a Shiite village that left four policemen wounded, the prosecutor's office said.The court in Manama also jailed a 12th defendant for seven years, said prosecutors in the Sunni-ruled kingdom which has a Shiite majority.The 12 were accused of taking part in an attack in October in the village of Aaly, near the capital Manama, during which ...
Israel's Herzog concedes defeat JERUSALEM:Centre-left challenger Isaac Herzog conceded defeat on Wednesday in Israel's general election and said he had congratulated rightwing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his win. "A few minutes ago, I spoke with the prime minister and I congratulated him on his achievement and wished him good luck," Herzog said, speaking to Israeli television and radio stations outside his house.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Preliminary Israeli vote count puts Netanyahu in lead with 24pc TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked set for victory on Wednesday as the preliminary vote count put his Likud party well ahead of its nearest rivals in a result likely to further strain relations with the Palestinians.With around 70 percent of votes counted, Likud was leading with 23.73 percent, the Central Elections Committee said, with the centre-left Zionist Union trailing on 19.06 percent.Public radio said the data represented 30 seats in the 120-member ...
Israeli voting polls open for general election JERUSALEM: Voting polls opened on Tuesday, AFP correspondents said, for unpredictable elections to determine whether Israelis still want incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as leader, or will seek change after six years.Over 5.8 million voters can cast their vote between 0500 GMT and 2000 GMT in 10,372 polling stations nationwide for parties which will comprise the 120-member Israeli parliament. The next prime minister will be the party leader in the best position to form a ...
Baghdad attacks kill 17 BAGHDAD: Attacks in and around Baghdad, mostly bomb blasts, killed at least 17 people on Wednesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.The deadliest single attack was a car bombing in the Hurriya district which killed nine people and wounded 30, a police colonel and a hospital official said.A bomb also exploded near a car park in Al-Obeidi neighbourhood in the east of the city, killing two and wounding seven, a police officer and a medic ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln