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Kerry building coalition to fight militants WASHINGTON: Top US diplomat John Kerry revealed on Wednesday he was working to forge a global coalition to fight the "medieval savagery" of militants terrorizing a swathe of Syria and Iraq and blamed for killing two journalists.As President Barack Obama called for an international front against the group known as the Islamic State (IS), US officials also revealed that two videos showing the beheadings of Steven Sotloff and James Foley were not filmed at the same time."The real face of Islam is not what we saw yesterday, when the world bore witness again to the unfathomable brutality of ISIL terrorist murders," the US secretary of state told a ceremony to honor the new special US envoy to Muslim communities.Kerry called the 31-year-old Sotloff "a driven and courageous journalist," saying he was killed by a "coward hiding behind a mask." Having worked to try to bring Sotloff home safely, Kerry said ...

Obama sends 350 more troops to Baghdad WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered about 350 more US troops to Baghdad to safeguard American diplomats in the Iraqi capital, increasing the US military presence to more than 1,000 forces.The move comes after a request last month from the State Department for additional US troops to bolster security for the US embassy and other facilities in Iraq, where Islamic State (IS) extremists have seized territory in the north and west of the country.White ...
Electronic reader to quicken the pace of Haj permit checking ISLAMABAD: The Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia has warned prospective pilgrims to obtain a Haj permit as security forces were on high alert to avert any attempt to sneak into the holy sites without a permit."The interior minister has issued an order that people without a Haj permit will not be allowed to enter the Haj premises," Director of Public Security Maj. Gen, Arab News Reported.Uthman Al-Muhrej said while launching the Electronic Haj permit teader ...
Ireland demands review of UN Golan Heights mandate DUBLIN: Ireland may not replace its 130-person rapid response force in the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants, until the United Nations reviews its mandate for its forces there, the defence minsiter said on Monday. Islamist fighters involved in Syria's three-year-old civil last week overran a crossing point in the line that has separated Israelis from Syrians in the Golan Heights since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Ireland's contingent, which ...
Lebanon expects 1.5-2pc GDP growth BEIRUT: Lebanon economy is expected to grow 1.5 to 2 percent and inflation is not expected to exceed 4 percent in the year 2014, despite the fall-out from the war in neighbouring Syria, the central bank governor said on Monday. Lebanon's economy has been hard hit by the war in Syria, which started in 2011 and has repeatedly spilled over into the small Mediterranean country. "Despite the circumstances that Lebanon is passing through on the ...
UN to send investigators in Iraq GENEVA: The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday condemned violations committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq that may amount to international crimes and agreed to send a mission to investigate them. The forum adopted a resolution presented by France and Iraq without a vote, but South Africa's delegation said it disassociated itself from the text as it lacked balance."We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told ...
Iraq breaks months-long militants siege KIRKUK: Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the militants-besieged Shia town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the militant group Islamic State (IS) overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.The breakthrough came on Sunday as the United States carried out limited ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
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