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Saudi-led troops in 'limited' first Yemen deployment ADEN: The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen sent a "limited" force to the city of Aden on Sunday, Yemeni sources said, in what would be its first ground deployment inside the country.A spokesman for the coalition denied that a major ground force has landed, refusing to comment on "ongoing operations".But Yemeni government and militia forces said several dozen troops had landed in the main southern city, with some sources saying they were to assist in fighting for its international airport.An AFP journalist saw several men in the vicinity of the airport dressed in military-style clothing, wearing helmets and carrying sophisticated weaponry."A limited coalition force entered Aden and another force is on its way" to the port city, a Yemeni government official in Aden told AFP, requesting anonymity.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Ethiopian Israelis clash with police as anti-racism protests continue TEL AVIV: Israeli mounted police charged hundreds of ethnic Ethiopian citizens and fired stun grenades on Saturday to try to clear one of the most violent protests in memory in the heart of Tel Aviv.The protesters, Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, were demonstrating against what they say is police racism and brutality after the emergence last week of a video clip that showed policemen shoving and punching a black soldier.Demonstrators overturned a police car and ...
Kerry hopeful of UN solution to Yemen crisis COLOMBO: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday the United States was working "very hard" to help negotiate a solution to the crisis in war-torn Yemen through the United Nations.Speaking to reporters in Sri Lanka, Kerry said it was not inevitable that Yemen, the scene of Saudi-led air strikes on Huthi rebels, would become a failed state. "I will not say yet that the verdict is in on what Yemen is going to be ...
Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back SANAA: Yemen's influential former president urged his rebel allies Friday to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory seized in months of fighting so Saudi-led air strikes can end and reconciliation begin.Ali Abdullah Saleh, who still holds sway over army units allied with Huthi rebels who now control large swathes of the country, had welcomed this month's Security Council resolution as a way to "stop bloodshed" in Yemen.More than 1,000 people have been killed in ...
Saudi Arabia on alert over possible oil or mall attack RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has put security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on a shopping mall or energy installation, the Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour Turki said on Monday."There was information about a possible act targeting a mall or Aramco installations. We passed this information to the security forces to be on alert," he told Reuters.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Palestinian court drops case against ex-Fatah strongman Dahlan: lawyer RAMALLAH: A Palestinian court on Sunday dismissed a high-profile corruption case against exiled Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan, one of his lawyers told AFP.Speaking after the hearing, Sevag Torossian said the Ramallah-based corruption court had ruled that the charges against Dahlan -- once a leading figure in the Palestinian Fatah movement -- were "inadmissable", in a move the lawyer hailed as a "great victory". Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
More children in Middle East, North Africa at risk of no schooling: UN report ISLAMABAD: One in every four children and young adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa region are either out of school or at risk of dropping out, a UN spokesperson said.The report, jointly released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute for Statistics, said that more than 21 million children in the region are at risk of missing out on an education, despite impressive ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyMay 21, 2015
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