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Japan says time to address China relations  TOKYO: Japan's foreign minister Tuesday said it was time to address relations with China which have soured over a territorial dispute as an incident targeting the Japanese ambassador added to tensions. Monday's incident in which the national flag was ripped off a car carrying the Japanese ambassador in Beijing came amid widespread anti-Japan demonstrations over a disputed East China Sea island chain known in China as Diaoyu and in Japan as Senkaku. Describing the incident as "very regrettable", Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said he would send an envoy to deliver a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao. He declined to elaborate on the contents, but said it was a good opportunity to address ties that have soured over the island dispute. "I believe that we must exchange opinions now on the situation of Japan-China relations, on the situation of the region as a whole, including the Korean peninsula, as well as the global situation," ...

Tens of thousands flee Myanmar floods: government  YANGON: Heavy monsoon rains in Myanmar have forced tens of thousands of people to seek shelter in emergency camps and submerged vast swathes of cropland, officials said on Monday. More than 68,000 people are staying in 308 camps around the country, according to the Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Ministry. "We have been giving necessary assistance such as rice and household kits to the flood victims," the ministry's director general Soe Aung told AFP. "Some people went back ...
Afghan soldier kills two NATO troops: ISAF KABUL: An Afghan army soldier killed two NATO troops in a new "green-on-blue" insider attack on Monday, the US-led International Security Assistance Force said. "A member of the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on ISAF forces, killing two ISAF service members in (eastern) Laghman province today," a spokesman told AFP. "ISAF soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker." The latest deaths take the toll from insider attacks this month alone to 12 and to a total of ...
Talks possible only after rebels TEHRAN: Syria's regime will only look at negotiating with the opposition after "purging" rebels from the country, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Sunday, according to talks with a visiting Iranian official reported by Iran's IRNA news agency. "The plan for negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition will begin after purging Syria of armed groups," Muallem was quoted as saying after meeting the chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy commission, Aladin ...
Five killed in new unrest in India GUWAHATI: Five Muslims were murdered in northeast India by an armed gang from the ethnic Bodo community in fresh violence, after more than a month of clashes, police said Sunday. "A group of seven Muslim villagers in two vehicles were returning home from a relief camp when they came under attack," said Sanjit Krishna, police chief of the western Chirang district, in Assam state. Five were found dead near Choudhurypara village, about 220 kilometres (130 miles) from ...
Man mistakes son for monkey, shoots him dead KATHMANDU: A farmer in southern Nepal mistook his son for a monkey trying to steal his crops and shot the 12-year-old dead, police said on Sunday. Chitra Bahadur Pulami had been climbing a tree to chase away macaques that had become a nuisance to the family but his father Gupta Bahadur, 55, spotted the boy and opened fire, wrongly believing him to be one of the animals. "The son was hiding in a tree at their farm ...
Four Guards dead in Iran helicopter crash  TEHRAN: An Iranian helicopter of the Revolutionary Guards crashed in western Iran near the Iraqi border killing four Guards on Saturday, the force's website Sepahnews reported. It did not specify the type of aircraft, saying only that the helicopter suffered "technical failure" while on a mission in Sardasht border area, which is populated by Iran's Kurdish minority. In mid-2011, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards carried out major offensives against rebels of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan ...


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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 $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 04, 2015
Reserves $17.491 bln