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Philippines confirms second MERS case MANILA: A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia.The 36-year-old male patient, whose nationality was not disclosed, has been put in isolation at a government facility to contain the virus, Health Secretary Janette Garin said."We can see he is getting better," Garin told a news conference, adding the man had a "low viral load" indicating his infection was not extremely serious."There is no reason to panic and we appeal to the public to respect the privacy of the patient."The man fell ill on July 2, having earlier arrived in the country from Saudi Arabia by way of Dubai, she said, declining to give more details.A Filipina nurse who returned from Saudi Arabia in February became the first person in the ...

China using animals to predict earthquakes: report BEIJING: Chinese government researchers are using chickens, fish and toads to try to predict earthquakes, media reported.The seismological bureau in the eastern city of Nanjing has transformed seven animal farms into seismic stations, the China Daily newspaper reported last week.Breeders on the farms are asked to update the bureau about the behaviour of the animals twice a day, the report said.Possible abnormal behaviour which could indicate imminent earthquakes includes chickens flying atop trees, fish leaping ...
Tropical Storm Linfa brings floods to northern Philippines MANILA: Floods inundated towns in the northern Philippines as Tropical Storm Linfa struck the northern edge of the archipelago, where relief agencies were braced for disaster on Sunday.The region's civil defence chief Chito Castro said that at least 11 coastal towns had been affected by floodwaters and swelling rivers as Linfa passed over the area."The rain is strong, the wind is strong. Major roads are impassable. Some houses are half-covered (with water), some are completely ...
Eleven dead in China building collapse, three missing: state media BEIJING: Eleven people died after a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China, state media reported Sunday, with more than 40 escaping on their own or being rescued.More than 50 workers were in the building in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province when it came down on Saturday afternoon, state-run China Central Television (CCTV) and the official Xinhua news agency reported.Thirty-three suffered injuries, four of them serious, the report said. Nine others escaped and three ...
Austria Finance Minister says Europe can easily cope economically with Grexit VIENNA: Europe would suffer little economically should Greece leave the euro zone but the consequences for Greece would be considerably worse, Austria's Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling said on Saturday."For Europe, this would be easy to manage economically. For Greece, it would indeed be considerably more dramatic," Schelling was quoted as saying in an interview with online newspaper Die Presse.Schelling said Greece would need humanitarian aid in case of "Grexit" but described fears of widespread ...
MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital SEOUL: Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday.The 25-year-old female doctor at Samsung Medical Centre has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South Korea.The country's first case was diagnosed on May 20 in the largest outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outside Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said.The gigantic hospital operated by the powerful ...
China welcomes US-Cuba deal on ties BEIJING: China on Thursday welcomed the re-establishment of formal ties between the US and Cuba, despite the move representing a reconciliation between Beijing's longstanding Communist ally and its greatest diplomatic rival.Washington and Havana on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War.Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro exchanged letters agreeing to unfreeze ties on July 20, when embassies can be reopened.Obama hailed ...

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln