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Iraqi soldiers killed in battle south of Baghdad: army HILLA: Fierce clashes in a flashpoint town south of Baghdad on Friday killed at least 17 Iraqi soldiers, military and medical sources said."Seventeen soldiers were killed and three wounded during clashes with insurgents in Jurf al-Sakhr that lasted two hours this morning," an army lieutenant told AFP. An army medic confirmed the death toll.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Ban demands immediate release of captured Israeli soldier UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded Friday that an Israeli soldier captured in Gaza be released immediately and condemned "in the strongest terms" the reported ceasefire violation by Hamas.Ban called on Israel and Hamas to show restraint and return to the 72-hour truce that collapsed after two soldiers were killed and a third reportedly captured near the southern city of Rafah."The secretary-general demands the immediate and unconditional release of the captured soldier," his spokesman ...
UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Monday called for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to allow for urgent aid to reach civilians.The 15-member Council released a statement shortly after midnight Sunday calling for the truce between Israel and HamasCopyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday JEDDAH: The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Monday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring states.The religious authorities in the desert kingdom announced on Sunday they had received reports of sightings of the new moon, marking the end of Ramadan."Eid al-Fitr will therefore be celebrated from Monday," an official statement said.Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen have all also ...
Clashes at banned pro-Palestinian Paris protest, 70 arrested PARIS: French police arrested 70 people at a banned pro-Palestinian protest in central Paris on Saturday that degenerated into clashes between demonstrators and armour-clad riot squads.The rally had drawn 4,000 people to the capital's Place de la Republique, the interior ministry said, while organisers put the turnout at 10,000.Police who stepped in to disperse the rally responded with tear gas when they were targeted with rocks and other projectiles. About 12 police were slightly injured.Interior ...
Top politician held in Baghdad BAGHDAD: Armed men in military uniform raided the home of a senior Baghdad politician overnight and whisked him and several of his guards away, police said on Saturday."Armed men came last night and detained the head of Baghdad provincial council Riyadh al-Adhadh and four of his guards from his house in Adhamiyah," a police colonel told AFP.An official in the council said "Adhadh and several of his guards were abducted from his house very late ...
More than 140 bodies pulled from Gaza rubble in truce: medics GAZA CITY: The bodies of at least 147 Palestinians were recovered from the rubble across the Gaza Strip during a 12-hour humanitarian truce on Saturday, medics said.Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the bodies had been brought to hospitals in north, central and southern Gaza, as well as Gaza City.The grim discoveries raised the toll in Gaza on the 19th day of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group to more than 1,000, ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
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WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln