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Obama to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar on Nov 14 WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will meet Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on November 14 during a six-day trip that also includes stops in China and Australia, the White House said Tuesday.Earlier in the November 12-14 Myanmar stop, Obama will participate in a US-ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw, where a bilateral meeting with Myanmar President Thein Sein is planned, the statement said.Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is favored in legislative elections at the end of 2015, but the Myanmar constitution currently bars her from running for president.Last month, the parliament agreed to consider changing the constitution to allow her candidacy.Obama called the Myanmar president last week to underscore "the need for an inclusive and credible process for conducting the 2015 elections."The government has promised the vote next year will be the freest in the country's modern history after the military ceded direct power to a ...

UN considers adding Libya militants to terror list UNITED NATIONS: France, Britain and the United States on Tuesday asked a Security Council committee to add Libyan militants group Ansar al-Sharia to a UN terror list for its ties to Al-Qaeda.Ansar al-Sharia is already on the US terror list for its role in the September 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.A copy of the French-led request to the Al-Qaeda sanctions committee was obtained ...
Mexican troops face civilian trial for 22 deaths MEXICO CITY: Seven Mexican soldiers being held in the June killings of 22 suspected criminals will be tried by a civilian judge, three of them for homicide, federal justice officials said Sunday. The troops were ordered arrested Friday by a Mexico state judge for dereliction of duty in the June 30 incident. Three of them are charged with aggravated homicide, and one of them with allowing a crime to take place.For now, the soldiers are ...
Obama stumps in Michigan, where his popularity is still strong DETROIT: President Barack Obama made his lone campaign appearance with a Democrat running for Senate on Saturday in Michigan, urging voters to remember how his administration helped rescue the auto industry when he first took office in 2009.Obama, whose unpopularity has left him on the sidelines leading up to Tuesday's midterm elections, spoke to a crowd of about 6,000 supporters of Democratic congressman Gary Peters, who is expected to win the seat held by retiring ...
Mexico court orders US ex-Marine's release TIJUANA: A Mexican court ordered the release Friday of a former US Marine jailed in the country since March for carrying weapons, after pressure from top US officials.Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, a 25-year-old veteran of the war in Afghanistan, was arrested on March 31 when he entered Mexico from California.Tahmooressi's family has said that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and crossed the border inadvertently with several weapons in his car that he had purchased ...
US judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row NEW YORK: A US judge ruled Friday that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients could leave home and frequent public places, saying she was not infectious.The decision from a district judge in the northeastern state of Maine is the latest twist in a bitter row over enforced quarantine of American medics returning from relief work in West Africa.It reversed a temporary order that prevented her from visiting cinemas and shopping ...
Obama calls for 'inclusive' vote process in Myanmar: White House WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has called for an "inclusive and credible" elections process next year in Myanmar, where President Thein Sein was set to hold an unprecedented political summit on Friday with his rivals.Obama made the comment in telephone talks with Thein Sein, during which the pair also discussed the US president's visit to Myanmar next month, the White House said Thursday."The president welcomed the commitment of Thein Sein and his government to the ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln