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Car bombs kill eight in Baghdad area BAGHDAD: Car bombs in the Baghdad area, including one near a hospital, killed at least eight people on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.One blast hit a car park across the street from Yarmuk hospital in the west of the Iraqi capital, killing at least four people and wounding 10.The second struck a residential area in Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, killing at least four people and wounding at least 13.Bombings and shootings in the capital were once a daily occurrence, but have declined since the Islamic State group spearheaded a sweeping offensive last June and overran large areas north and west of the city.That has tied them down in fighting outside the capital that distracts from their ability to carry out attacks against civilians in Baghdad.Another two people were killed the same day by a roadside bomb in Taji, just north of the capital, he said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Militiamen in Yemen's Aden say two Iranian officers captured ADEN: Local militiamen in the southern Yemeni city of Aden said they captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthi rebels during fighting on Saturday.Tehran has strongly denied providing any military support for the fighters, whose advances have drawn Saudi-led air strikes.If confirmed, the presence of the two Iranian officers whom the local militiamen said were from the Revolutionary Guards would deepen tensions between Tehran and Riyadh, who are vying for influence in the Middle East.Copyright ...
Saudi-led coalition batters Yemen with most intense raids ADEN: Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition battered southern Yemen overnight in the most intense strikes since the launch of a campaign against Iran-backed rebels last month, residents and officials said on Friday."In Aden, the raids began at around 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday and were the most violent since the start of 'Operation Decisive Storm'," a resident of the southern city told AFP.The air strikes lasted well into the night, said other residents of ...
Iraq PM says 'next battle' is retaking Anbar BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday the country's "next battle" is retaking Anbar province from the Islamic State jihadist group, his most direct statement yet on Baghdad's next target."Our next stand and battle will be here in the land of Anbar to completely liberate it," Abadi said from a base in the province west of Baghdad, according to his office.Abadi announced last week that Iraqi forces retook the city of Tikrit from IS, ...
Iraq PM says will cooperate with Kurds to liberate Nineveh BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Baghdad government would work with Kurdish authorities to liberate the northern province of Nineveh from Islamic State militants.During his first visit to the Kurdistan region since becoming Prime Minister last year, Abadi said Baghdad and Erbil faced a common enemy and would improve ties to help confront the threat."Our visit to Erbil today is to coordinate and cooperate on a joint plan to liberate the people of ...
Yemen rebels quit Aden palace, Qaeda makes gains ADEN: Saudi-led air raids drove back rebels in the last stronghold of Yemen's absent president on Friday, while al Qaeda militants seized a major army base in the southeast.The impoverished Arabian Peninsula state has sunk further into chaos since the coalition spearheaded by Riyadh launched Operation Decisive Storm on March 26 to try to halt the advance by Huthi rebels.The turmoil has raised fears that al Qaeda will expand its foothold in the deeply tribal ...
Syria says Iran nuclear deal will ease regional tensions BEIRUT: Syria said on Friday the framework deal Tehran has struck with world powers on its nuclear programme was the result of efforts by Iran to ease geopolitical tensions. "Syria welcomes the statement issued on the discussions," state television quoted a foreign ministry source as saying. Syria "considers that this framework agreement will be followed by positive steps and will be another contribution by Iran to ease tensions in the region and the world." The ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln