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Saudi detainee sent home from Guantanamo: Pentagon WASHINGTON: A Saudi Arabian inmate at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was repatriated Saturday, leaving 142 prisoners still at the jail President Barack Obama has pledged to close, the Pentagon said.Last month, Mohammed al-Zahrani was approved for transfer by the special review board, created by Obama in his efforts to shutter the controversial jail, the statement said, adding that Congress was duly informed of the transfer.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Voting underway in Bahrain amid Shia opposition boycott MANAMA: Bahrainis went to the polls Saturday for the first legislative elections since a 2011 uprising, but the vote is being boycotted by the Shiite opposition that led Gulf kingdom's pro-democracy movement.The electorate of almost 350,000 is being called to choose 40 deputies, with Sunnis making up most of the 266 candidates.The polls are being contested without a compromise in sight between authorities in the Sunni-ruled monarchy and the opposition.Al-Wefaq, the main opposition group, has ...
Bahrain opposition urges end to power 'monopoly' MANAMA: Bahrain holds legislative elections Saturday for the first time since a 2011 uprising, despite a boycott by the Shia opposition that led the pro-democracy movement.The polls are being contested without a compromise in sight between authorities in the Sunni-ruled monarchy and the opposition, as highlighted by the two sides in interviews Friday.The Gulf state's electorate of almost 350,000 is being called to choose 40 deputies, with most of the 266 candidates being Sunnis.Al-Wefaq, the ...
Suicide car bomb hits Iraqi Kurdish capital ARBIL: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near the provincial government headquarters in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday, a spokesman said.The bomber hit the main checkpoint on the way to the headquarters in the usually quiet city of Arbil just before noon (0900 GMT), provincial council spokesman Hamza Hamed told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Iraqi security forces enter Baiji refinery BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces entered the country's largest refinery for the first time on Tuesday after months of battling Islamic State militants who had surrounded it, a police colonel and state television reported. "The first Iraqi force, the anti-terrorism force called Mosul Battalion, entered Baiji refinery for the first time in five months," police colonel Saleh Jaber, of the Baiji refinery protection force, told Reuters. State television flashed news of the advance but did not ...
Palestinian bus driver found hanged in Jerusalem JERUSALEM: A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, sparking clashes Monday, after what Israel said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder.The incident happened late on Sunday, with a supervisor finding the man's body at a bus depot in Har Hotzvim, an industrial zone in Jewish west Jerusalem, police said in a statement. Family members identified the victim as Yusuf Hasan al-Ramuni, from Al-Tur on the ...
Car bomb wounds 5 on perimeter of Baghdad airport BAGHDAD: A car bomb exploded on the perimeter of Baghdad's heavily guarded international airport complex on Sunday, wounding five people, security sources said.The blast occurred at a security checkpoint close to a parking lot where passengers are searched before boarding airport taxis, three sources said.The checkpoint is several kilometres from the terminal building.It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack. An airport official said authorities tightened security while air traffic was normal.Around ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $16.137 bln