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MH17 inquiry to unveil final report into doomed flight THE HAGUE: Dutch-led air crash investigators Tuesday release their final report into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine, in a move likely to worsen already-strained ties between Russia and the West.As Dutch Safety Board officials prepared to unveil the highly anticipated findings of a 15-month inquiry, Moscow was gearing up to go on the counter-offensive after vehemently denying any role in the air disaster.The report, due to be released at 1115 GMT at the Gilze-Rijen air force base in southern Netherlands, is expected to say how the Boeing 777 was blown from the sky on July 17, 2014, but not who was responsible.All 298 people on board, most of them Dutch and among them 15 crew members, were killed when the routine flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur was brought down -- possibly by a missile -- over eastern Ukraine.The disaster happened during heavy fighting between ...

Okinawa governor revokes controversial US base approval TOKYO: The governor of Okinawa Tuesday revoked approval for work on a US air base on the southern Japanese island, in the latest setback to the controversial plan.The proposal to relocate Futenma air base to the Henoko region, first mooted in 1996, has become the focus of anger among locals, who insist it should be shut and a replacement built elsewhere in Japan or overseas.Outspoken Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga voided approval after work in Henoko ...
Toyota willing to help probe over IS truck fleet TOKYO: Toyota on Thursday said it was willing to help the United States probe how the Islamic State group has managed to get hold of so many of its notoriously tough trucks.The Japanese manufacturer responded after an ABC News report on Wednesday said counter-terrorism officials at the US Treasury have been in contact with the auto giant over the issue.Fleets of Toyota trucks are a common feature of IS propaganda videos out of Syria, Iraq ...
Samsung's Lees top Asia's richest families list SINGAPORE: South Korea's Lee family, which controls the formidable Samsung conglomerate, topped an inaugural list of Asia's 50 richest families published Thursday by Forbes Asia magazine.The family had a net worth of $26.6 billion as of late September, with second- and third-generation members now running more than 50 businesses, the magazine said.The Samsung empire, founded in 1938 by wealthy landowner's son Lee Byung-Chull, has diversified interests ranging from mobile phones to construction and shipbuilding. Forbes ...
Hong Kong former leader charged over corruption HONG KONG: Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang was on Monday charged with misconduct during his time in office, the latest high-profile corruption case to hit the city. Tsang ended his term in disgrace in June 2012 after admitting to accepting gifts from tycoons in the form of trips on luxury yachts and private jets, but insisted there was no conflict of interest.He has since been under investigation by the city's Independent Commission Against Corruption ...
Australia's ousted Abbott snipes at new government SYDNEY: Toppled Australian leader Tony Abbott took potshots at the new government Tuesday, saying it offered no new policies and that the nation should stop swapping prime ministers "like changing clothes".Abbott was ousted by conservative colleague Malcolm Turnbull in a vote among ruling Liberal party lawmakers earlier this month, as opinion polls plunged two years into office and with an election about a year away.At the time, he vowed there would be "no undermining and ...
Indonesian stampede toll hits 41, officials 'race against time' JAKARTA: The number of Indonesians killed in a stampede at the hajj rose to 41 Monday with scores more still missing, an official said, warning Jakarta faces a "race against time" to identify its citizens who died.The stampede on Thursday during a ritual stoning of the devil near the holy Saudi city of Mecca killed 769 people, the worst disaster to strike the annual Muslim pilgrimage in a quarter of a century.At least 144 Iranians ...

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln