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Iran says emerging anti-Islamic state coalition ‘shrouded in serious ambiguities’ ANKARA: Iran said on Thursday the emerging international coalition to battle Islamic State militants was "shrouded in serious ambiguities", Iranian state television reported."The so-called international coalition to fight the ISIL group... is shrouded in serious ambiguities and there are severe misgivings about its determination to sincerely fight the root causes of terrorism," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Thursday.She did not mention specifically a call by U.S. President Barack Obama for a broad coalition to root out Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.She also accused some members of the coalition as "financial and military supporters of terrorists in Iraq and Syria".Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Outgoing Afghan president downsizes retirement home KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has decided a lavish residence specially built for his imminent retirement is too big and he will move into a more modest home instead, an official said Thursday.Karzai was due to settle down in the vast new property very close to the presidential palace -- fuelling speculation that he intends to play an active role in the country's politics when he leaves office.But he has changed his mind and decreed ...
Kabul's Old City sees new lease of life KABUL: When workers began renovating Murad Khane district, a jewel of Old Kabul that breaks up the city's otherwise bland facade of concrete high-rises and blast-walls, it was hidden under piles of garbage.Now the teeming quarter is home to bustling bazaars, a revitalised calligraphy and woodwork school and a courtyard that won a UNESCO conservation award last year.In the 1700s and 1800s the area was home to the city's administrators, but fell into disrepair in ...
Indian finance minister out of hospital, to skip G20 NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was released from hospital on Wednesday after a longer-than-expected stay for treatment, and will miss a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations in Australia next week.Jaitley was admitted to a private hospital in New Delhi on Sept. 1 for planned surgery to manage a long-standing diabetic condition. He had been expected to leave after a few days.The 61-year-old minister underwent a minimally invasive gastric ...
India says no immediate plans to raise edible oil import duty NEW DELHI: India has no immediate plans to raise the import duty on edible oils, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters on Wednesday, as prices of oilseeds in local market fell tracking edible oil prices overseas.India meets more than half of its edible oil requirement through imports. Industry associations have been demanding a rise in the import duty following a sharp drop in local soybean and groundnut prices.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Japan approves nuclear restart amid push to close old reactors TOKYO: Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that has been idle since the Fukushima disaster, as the government pushes for the permanent closure of older reactors.The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai plant in southwestern Japan had met safety requirements needed to restart, as the country nears the end of its first full year without nuclear power ...
Indian finance minister skips G20 meeting, still in hospital NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will miss a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations in Australia next week as he is still in hospital undergoing treatment, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. Jaitley was admitted to a New Delhi hospital on Sept. 1 for treatment to manage a diabetic condition. The 61-year-old minister, who is responsible for both finance and defence in India's new government, had originally been expected ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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