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King hosts 1,400 pilgrims from 70 countries ISLAMABAD: A total of 1,400 Muslim leaders from more than 70 countries will perform Haj this year as guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, said Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh on Tuesday."King Abdullah has instructed us to make arrangements for hosting 1,400 pilgrims from different countries around the world to perform Haj this year as his guests," said Al-Asheikh, Arab News reported.He said the king's gesture reflects his care and support for Muslims all over the world and his keenness to strengthen Islamic solidarity by enhancing relations between Muslims in different countries.The royal guests will come from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Maldives and Bosnia-Herzegovina.Muslim leaders from Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, India, Serbia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Iceland, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda, Madagascar, Zambia, Comoros Islands, Kenya and Tanzania are also among royal invitees."We have hosted more than 22,000 ...

Gun battle in Yemeni capital SANAA: Yemeni soldiers traded gunfire with rebels near a military base at the southern entrance to the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, residents said, hours after soldiers killed at least four Shi'ite protesters outside the cabinet building.A civilian was killed in the gun battle and both soldiers and rebels suffered several injuries, government sources said. The fighting now threatens to bring into the capital a rebellion by Houthi tribespeople that until now been confined to the ...
Yemeni soldiers kill four Shia as protests rage SANAA: Yemeni soldiers opened fire on Shia Muslim protesters trying to storm the cabinet building in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, killing at least four, a Reuters photographer and medical sources said.The anti-government activists loyal to the Houthi religious insurgent group said dozens were wounded in the bloodiest day of tense demonstrations that have gripped Sanaa for weeks and now threaten to descend into outright conflict.A security source speaking on condition of anonymity said marchers ...
New Iraq oil minister faces security challenge, Kurdish dispute DUBAI: Iraq's new oil minister is a veteran politician who will need to deploy all his experience to resolve disputes over Kurdish oil production and allay foreign investor fears about militia control in northern oil fields.Adel Abdul-Mehdi, a former finance minister and vice president who was given the oil portfolio in a new government approved by parliament on Monday, is seen as welcoming foreign investment and business in Iraq.Some Iraqi Kurdish sources say they also ...
Suicide bombers kill 10 in Iraq town SAMARRA: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles on Monday in a town north of the Iraqi capital that has battled militants, killing 10 people, police and a doctor said.The blasts in Dhuluiyah -- which was overrun by militants but drove them out and then put up fierce resistance when they sought to take it a second time-- also wounded more than 30 people, the sources said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
1,000 from families of Palestinian martyrs to be king's guests at Haj ISLAMABAD: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will sponsor the Haj pilgrimage of 1,000 Palestinians whose family members were killed during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza.This brings to 12,000 the number of Palestinians, whose family members had either died or gone to prison, who have been personally sponsored by King Abdullah to perform the pilgrimage, Arab News Reorted.Saleh Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic affairs, endowments, call and guidance, appreciated the king for his ...
Mortar round wounds governor of Anbar BARWANA: A mortar round wounded Ahmed al-Dulaimi, the governor of Iraq's Anbar province, in the town of Barwana shortly after it was retaken from militants on Sunday, an AFP journalist said.Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen launched a major operation after American warplanes carried out strikes in the area, expanding Washington's month-long air campaign to the country's Sunni Arab heartland for the first time.Shrapnel from the round struck Dulaimi in the head and also wounded Abdulhakim ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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