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Suicide attack kills up to 6 in Kabul  KABUL: A suicide bomber struck outside NATO headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, killing up to six people and wounding five others, mostly child street hawkers, on a national public holiday, officials said.   The attack took place as government dignitaries assembled in Kabul to mark 11 years since the death of Ahmad Shah Massood, an iconic anti-Taliban commander two days before 9/11. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Chinese premier visits earthquake disaster zone  ZHAOTONG: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday visited earthquake victims in southwest China after twin tremors left at least 80 people dead and hundreds more injured, state media reported.   Television pictures showed Wen, who arrived late Friday, in a tent with survivors in the remote and mountainous area, where crippled infrastructure was complicating efforts to assess the full scale of the disaster.   Wen, who is a popular figure in China and is often shown lending his support ...
West seeks to pressure Iran at IAEA VIENNA: Western countries will seek to tighten further the screw on Iran at a meeting of UN atomic agency member states from Monday following the watchdog's latest damning report on Tehran's nuclear programme.   It was however unclear whether Russia and China would support a tough-talking resolution, possibly even reporting Iran to the UN Security Council, at the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors meeting in Vienna.   "Iran has done anything but comply with its obligations," one ...
Bomb kills five Afghan civilians: police  KHOST: A roadside bomb tore through a vehicle in southeastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing five civilians, police said. The attack happened at midday (0730 GMT) in the volatile district of Garda Seerai district in Paktya province on the border with Pakistan, provincial police chief Zalmai Oryakheil told AFP. "The vehicle has been totally destroyed," Oryakheil said, blaming the Taliban. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but similar attacks are usually blamed on Taliban insurgents fighting to overthrow ...
Myanmar YANGON: Their youthful defiance of a brutal junta that locked them up for years turned Myanmar's "88 Generation" student activists into national heroes. As the country reforms, many wonder if it will also make them politicians. Freed along with scores of other political prisoners in January, it did not take long for the movement's leader Min Ko Naing and his deputy Ko Ko Gyi to regain their fighting spirit. "I want to change society," Ko Ko Gyi ...
Nepal Maoists welcome removal from US blacklist KATHMANDU: Nepal's ruling Maoist party on Friday welcomed a US decision to remove it from a blacklist of terrorist groups after the end of a bloody insurgency, saying it would boost ties with Washington. "The move has opened up avenues for cooperation between Maoists and the US government. It will help strengthen our relations," Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha told AFP. The decision to remove the Maoists from the blacklist was announced Thursday by the State Department, ...
Taliban behind quarter of insider attacks: NATO KABUL: The Taliban are involved in a quarter of Afghan security personnel attacks on NATO colleagues, according to a military commander. The surge of assaults, unprecedented in modern warfare, have seen Afghan troops opening fire on their NATO colleagues more than 30 times this year, killing at least 45 foreign troops most of them Americans. US Lieutenant General James Terry, head of the NATO-led coalition's joint command in Afghanistan, said about 25 to 26 percent of the ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln