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British soldier killed in Afghanistan  LONDON: A British soldier has been killed while on patrol in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London said Friday. The soldier's death brought to 423 the number of British troops killed since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001. Of these, at least 383 died as a result of hostile action. The soldier, from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, died of injuries sustained from "enemy action" during a patrol in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand province, a statement said. The soldier's family had been informed, it said. Britain has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, making it the second-largest contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force after the United States. They are based in central Helmand, battling Taliban insurgents and training local security forces. Britain intends to pull out all its combat troops by the end of 2014. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Man in Afghan uniform kills 3 US soldiers: military KABUL: Three American soldiers were killed on Friday when a man in an Afghan uniform turned his weapon against them, the US military said, the latest in a series of so-called green-on-blue attacks. "There was an incident this morning in which an individual in an Afghan uniform fired on US Forces Afghanistan services members in Sangin district of Helmand province. There were three US Forces Afghanistan fatalities," a spokeswoman said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Chinese court account of Gu Kailai trial  BEIJING: Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai, did not raise objections in court on Thursday to charges against her of murdering a British businessman, a court official said. Here is Reuters' translation of the main part of the account of the trial issued by the court in Hefei, provincial capital of Anhui in eastern China, which was given to reporters. It refers to Gu by her official name, Bogu ...
Afghan soldier fires on NATO troops: ISAF  KABUL: An Afghan soldier turned his weapon on NATO allies Thursday in the latest in a series of so-called green-on-blue attacks, the US-led International Security Assistance Force said. "We can confirm that an ANA soldier fired on ISAF members in Laghman province. They returned fire, killing the attacker," an ISAF spokesman told AFP. No ISAF soldiers were killed in the attack in the eastern province, he said, but in line with policy would not confirm whether any ...
Three Nato troops killed in Afghan double suicide attack ASAD ABAD: A double suicide attack killed three Nato soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, Afghan and Western officials said. Nato's US-led International Security Assistance Force said three of its troops died in an ‘insurgent attack’ in the east but gave no further details in line with policy. A Western military official told AFP on condition of anonymity that the three soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in Asad Abad, the capital of Kunar province. Local police ...
Afghan civilian casualties drop 15pc: UN KABUL: The number of Afghan civilian casualties fell 15 percent during the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year, the United Nations said Wednesday. A total of 1,145 Afghan non-combatants lost their lives in violence, mostly insurgent attacks, between January 1 and June 30 this year compared to 1,510 in 2011, the UN said. Another 1,954 civilians were wounded, it said. Despite the decrease in the casualties, the war has "continued to take ...
ASEAN mulls assistance for Myanmar Rohingya  JAKARTA: Southeast Asian nations are considering humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees facing persecution in Myanmar, the region's bloc said Wednesday. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretary general Surin Pitsuwan said the bloc should be "part of solution to the problem" that escalated in June with a bloody clash that displaced around 60,000 people, mostly Muslim-minority Rohingya. "I have made a proposal (to our member countries) that ASEAN should once again offer humanitarian assistance, like we did ...


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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln