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Myanmar to free 46 prisoners: state media  NAYPYIDAW: A total of 46 prisoners will be freed in Myanmar to aid "national reconciliation", state media said Tuesday, amid growing calls for the release of the country's remaining political detainees. A report in the New Light of Myanmar said 37 men and nine women would be set free starting Tuesday, although it was unclear if any of the remaining political prisoners -- estimated to be in the hundreds -- were among them. The decision was made "with a view to ensuring the stability of the State and making eternal peace, national reconciliation, enabling all to participate in political process," the report said. It came shortly after a Myanmar minister pledged further amnesties for jailed dissidents during a high profile European tour by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month. Myanmar freed more than 300 political prisoners in January, a move which prompted the United States to pledge it would restore full diplomatic ...

Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan  SYDNEY: An Australian special forces soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, Defence Force chief David Hurley said Tuesday, bringing to 33 the number of Australians lost in the conflict. The 40-year-old member of the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment was shot in the chest while on a mission with Afghan forces hunting an insurgent commander in Uruzgan province Monday, the general said. "This man was a soldier's soldier," he added. The trooper -- who was on his seventh ...
Three soldiers killed in Afghanistan: ministry  LONDON: The three NATO soldiers shot dead Sunday in Afghanistan by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform were British, the Ministry of Defence said Monday. The MoD said the soldiers came under gunfire at a checkpoint in Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand province, in the south of the country where they were meeting local elders. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Japan begins power saving despite nuclear restart  TOKYO: Electricity saving targets came into effect in Japan on Monday as the country eyes a power shortfall over the hot summer, despite the weekend re-start of a nuclear reactor. The government has asked households and businesses served by six utilities in central and western Japan to voluntarily cut consumption of electricity by between five and 15 percent on summer 2010 levels through to September 7. Power consumption usually rises in the summer as people turn on air ...
Air India pilot seats mum in cockpit: report NEW DELHI: The pilot of an Air India passenger plane seated his mother in the cockpit for a domestic flight, refusing to take off without her after he could not get her a free ticket, a report said Sunday. The pilot allegedly demanded that his mother be issued a "dummy boarding card" at Pune airport in western India and placed her in a jump seat reserved for the crew for the two-hour flight to the capital ...
Bomb hit passenger bus, kills five  GHAZNI: A roadside bomb tore through a bus on a highway in militant-plagued southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing five passengers, including women and children, officials said. There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing in the province of Ghazni but officials blamed the blast on the "enemies of Afghanistan". "The bus was travelling from Kabul to Kandahar. Along the road near Ghazni city it struck a roadside bomb. Five people were killed and 11 others were ...
Japan economy faces same risks as Europe: PM  TOKYO: Japan faces the same risks that plague financially-embattled European states, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned Saturday, days after he pushed through a divisive tax bill to chip away at the country's mountainous debt. Noda's statement comes a day after leaders from the 17 countries sharing the euro struck a deal to direct emergency measures at Italy and Spain and boost the ailing economy. "Countries like Italy and Spain have made desperate efforts" towards financial recovery, Noda ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $16.137 bln