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Turkey's Erdogan in China for talks amid Uighur strains BEIJING: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan headed for China Wednesday having secured NATO's backing for Ankara's fight against Islamic State militants, but facing tensions with Beijing over China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority.Ankara is expanding a cross-border campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, and also attacking positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq after deadly attacks inside Turkey.At the same time China blames separatists for violence in the Uighur homeland of Xinjiang, while Turkey has repeatedly expressed concerns about Beijing's treatment of the minority, who speak a Turkic language.Erdogan -- who meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday -- in 2009 accused Beijing of "genocide" in the region, and the gap between Chinese and Turkish views of the Uighurs are likely to complicate the discussions.They engaged in a public spat this year over Uighurs who fled China to seek refuge in Thailand, with Turkey ...

Iran allows visa-free travel for citizens of serven countries ISLAMABAD: Iran has revoked visa requirements for nationals of 7 countries as part of its plans to boost tourism industry in the country.According to a report, citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria can travel to Iran without visa, Press Tv reported.Under the new visa requirement regulations, citizens from these countries can stay in Iran without visa from 15 to 90 days.Iranian authorities have already started studying a visa waiver program under ...
South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak SEOUL: South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.Addressing a meeting of government officials in Seoul, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn said the danger posed by what was the biggest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia was over."After weighing various circumstances, the medical personnel and the government judge that the people ...
Nuclear weapons not a toy, says North Korea's China envoy BEIJING: North Korea's nuclear weapons are "not a plaything" and their future is not up for negotiation, Pyongyang's ambassador to China said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by a US envoy.The comments by Ji Jae-Ryong came after an international deal with Tehran to curb Iran's nuclear capabilities in return for the lifting of crippling sanctions.In a rare press conference in Beijing, Ji said the North's nuclear capability was "not a plaything to be put on ...
South Korea police block anti-North leaflet launch SEOUL: South Korean police on Monday blocked activists from launching anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the heavily fortified border, after fresh North Korean warnings about dire consequences if such events went ahead.Dozens of activists had planned to launch helium-filled balloons carrying about 30,000 leaflets criticising the North's ruling Kim family.But hundreds of police blocked the launch site near the border, forcing organisers to cancel the operation."They kept saying it was dangerous... we didn't buy the argument but ...
At least 10 dead in Myanmar floods YANGON: Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 10 people in Myanmar in the last 48 hours, state media and officials reported Sunday.Six people were killed by flash floods on Saturday in Thabeikkyin, central Mandalay Region, the Ministry of Information said, while another three perished the same day in Thibaw, northern Shan State.A 19-year-old boy also died in Muse, Shan State, on Friday, the ministry said.State media Sunday said those killed in ...
6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia: USGS JAKARTA: A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Java Sunday, the US Geological Survey reported, but local officials said there was no risk of a tsunami.The quake struck at 2:05 pm local time (0705 GMT), 93 kilometres (57 miles) south of Krajan Tambakrejo village in east Java province at a depth of 59 kilometres, the USGS said.Mochammad Riyadi, from the Indonesian meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, said there were no reports of ...

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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln