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Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven KABUL: Two Taliban suicide bombers carried out separate attacks on Afghan army vehicles in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government said, a day after Afghanistan signed security deals with Nato and the United States. The agreements will allow foreign troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani."An Afghan army bus and another car carrying Afghan army personnel were targeted by two suicide bombings," deputy interior minister General Ayoub Salanghi said in a statement.Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks that took place in the east and west of the city.The militant group also criticised Ghani and his government for allowing foreign troops to stay after the year ends, calling it a "stooge regime" that was disregarding Afghanistan's long-term interests.The attack in the west of the city, close to Kabul ...

Five more lifeless bodies found on Japan volcano: official TOKYO: The lifeless bodies of five more people have been discovered on the Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said, taking to 36 the feared death toll."We have newly found five more people in cardiac arrest on the mountain," a Nagano prefectural police spokesman told AFP.First responders use the phrase of someone who appears dead but has not yet been certified by a doctor.The news came as rescuers called off their search for ...
China's Xi publishes book on governance BEIJING: China has published a book of President Xi Jinping's remarks, state media reported Monday, as his profile in the country's carefully scripted press eclipses all recent leaders except Mao Zedong.According to a notice late Sunday by the State Council Information Office, "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China" contains 79 articles highlighting Xi's speeches, instructions and other remarks since he became head of the ruling Communist Party in November 2012.It also features 45 photos of ...
Japan resumes search for victims of volcanic eruption TOKYO: More than 500 rescuers in Japan resumed searching on Monday for victims of a volcano that erupted without warning at the weekend, leaving four confirmed dead and 27 presumed to have perished in a sudden rain of ash and stone.Searchers headed for the summit of Mount Ontake, turned into an eerie moonscape by a thick layer of grey ash, where most of the victims of Japan's first fatal volcanic eruption since 1991 are believed ...
Ashraf Ghani: Afghan 'free spirit' becomes president KABUL: Ashraf Ghani is an intellectual high-achiever with a famous temper who proudly describes himself as a "free spirit". Now he must prove himself to be a unifying leader who can tackle Afghanistan's vast problems.Ghani, 65, enjoyed a stellar career as an academic and economist after leaving Afghanistan in 1977, only returning 24 years later to pursue his dream of rebuilding the country.He studied at New York's Columbia University, before teaching in the United States ...
Modi, in rock star US debut, vows to make India proud NEW YORK: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi basked in a rock star US welcome as he vowed to build a strong, confident country ahead of his first White House summit Monday.In a massive show of support for a right-wing leader once shunned by Washington, some 18,500 people of Indian origin from across the United States and Canada packed Sunday into New York's Madison Square Garden, where they chanted his name and wore T-shirts bearing his ...
Jailed India ex-film star politician replaced as chief minister BANGALORE: Former film star Jayalalithaa Jayaram, one of India's most colourful and controversial politicians, was replaced as head of a southern state on Sunday after she was jailed in a corruption case, reports said.Jayalalithaa, 66, who enjoys a cult following in the southern state of Tamil Nadu that she has long governed, was jailed for four years on Saturday over the case that has lasted nearly two decades.A judge in the southern city of Bangalore ...


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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