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China new house price declines slow in October: survey BEIJING: Declines in China's new home prices slowed in October, a survey showed Friday, though figures still fell for a sixth straight month as property woes weigh on growth in the world's second-largest economy.The average price of a new home in 100 major cities was 10,629 yuan ($1,738) per square metre in October, down 0.4 percent from September, the China Index Academy (CIA) said in a statement.The decline was smaller than the 0.92 percent fall recorded in September. Still, prices have remained negative since May, as analysts say China's flagging property sector is contributing to growth slowdown in the broader economy.China's economy expanded 7.3 percent in the third quarter, lower than the 7.5 percent expansion in the previous three months and the slowest since the depths of the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, the government announced earlier in October.Among the country's 10 biggest cities, six experienced declines in October from the ...

India pays low-key Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination NEW DELHI: India's president Pranab Mukherjee, members of Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress leaders paid a low-key tribute Friday to Indira Gandhi on the 30th anniversary of the ex- premier's assassination.No ministers of India's new government attended the event honouring Gandhi, gunned down by Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984, in retaliation for ordering an attack on a revered Sikh shrine to clear out militants holed up in the complex."I join my fellow countrymen and women ...
Myanmar moots changing constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution, which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, ahead of elections next year, an official said Friday."They agreed to discuss the issue of amending the constitution in parliament, according to the law," presidential spokesman Ye Htut told reporters after President Thein Sein held unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Suu Kyi.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
For Hong Kong youngsters, protests bring taste of freedom HONG KONG: A month on the streets has given young Hong Kong democracy protesters a taste of life outside the city's cramped shoebox apartments -- and away from the prying eyes of overprotective parents.In this city of high tower blocks and even higher property prices, many Hong Kongers reach their 30s before they get married and move out of crowded family homes. Space, tranquility and privacy are all in short supply in one of the ...
South Korea activists launch anti-North leaflets SEOUL: South Korean activists said they launched more than one million anti-North Korean leaflets across the border Friday, a move likely to infuriate Pyongyang, which has demanded Seoul ban such exercises.The leaflets were in bundles attached to 24 gas-filled balloons that a North Korean defector group floated over the heavily militarised frontier shortly after midnight, around 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of Seoul.As well as messages condemning the North's ruling Kim dynasty, the packages contained ...
US, Australia end sanctions after Fiji elections SUVA: The United States and Australia said Friday they were lifting sanctions against Fiji after elections in the Pacific island nation last month following eight years of military rule.US Ambassador Frankie Reed said that in recognition of Fiji's return to democracy, Washington was lifting restrictions on financial assistance and visas, as well as exploring fresh engagement with the country's military."We congratulate the people of Fiji on the swearing-in of a new government and the restoration ...
Rains hamper Sri Lanka mudslide tragedy search effort KOSLANDA: Heavy rains disrupted a massive search Thursday for scores of people feared buried in a landslide on a Sri Lankan tea estate, further dimming prospects of finding anyone alive.Hundreds of troops suspended their work as rains threatened more mudslides at the plantation in central Sri Lanka, a day after scores of tin-roofed homes were buried under tonnes of mud."We are suspending the search operation because it is not safe to work in this rain," ...

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln