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Iran rejects claims Syria regime used chemical arms TEHRAN: Iran has rejected claims that the Syrian regime, its chief regional ally, had deployed chemical weapons, saying if such an attack was proven rebels would be responsible, IRNA news agency said Thursday."If the information concerning the use of chemical weapons is accurate, very definitely they were used by terrorist groups ... who have shown they will not hold back from committing any crime," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying, referring to rebels locked in a deadly war with President Bashar al-Assad's forces.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

China's Bo denies first bribery charge against him: court JINAN: Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai denied the first bribery charge against him at his corruption and abuse-of-power trial on Thursday, the court said.Prosecutors said Bo had received bribes totalling more than one million yuan ($163,300) from businessman Tang Xiaolin but he told the court: "Tang Xiaolin's allegation that he gave me money three times is not true."The remark was given in a statement of proceedings so far, posted by the court online.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
Japan says Fukushima leak worst since tsunami TOKYO: Japan on Wednesday issued its strongest warning about the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant since the crisis began in 2011, as it struggled to seal a tank that has leaked 300 tonnes of radioactive water. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said some of the water might have flown into the Pacific Ocean.Nuclear regulators said the leak represented a level-three "serious incident" on the UN's seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), which measures radiation ...
Indonesia to combat inflation JAKARTA: Indonesia's president said the government would announce an economic policy package on Friday, including measures to combat growing inflation and job losses in Southeast Asia's largest economy."In the last three days, the cabinet has been working to formulate economic policy and management with the main aim to maintain our financial stability," President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a statement."We will maintain growth from further slowdown." The president made no direct comment on any possible ...
Another South Korea nuclear reactor shuts down SEOUL: A reactor at one of South Korea's largest nuclear plants shut down Wednesday, officials said, at a time of creeping public anxiety over safety in the country's nuclear industry.The reactor, one of six at the Yeonggwang complex in the southwest of the country, shut down at 2:44pm (0544 GMT), a spokesman for the Korea Hydro and Power Co. told AFP."The cause of the stoppage is as yet unknown and investigations are underway. We don't ...
New rains kill 21 more in flood-hit China: Xinhua BEIJING: Heavy rains killed 21 construction workers as flooding spread to northwest China, state media said Wednesday, after severe weather in other parts of the country left more than 130 dead.Sudden rainstorms and hail battered Haixi in Qinghai province, "washing away" the workers on Tuesday evening, the official Xinhua news agency said."The workers were repairing a construction site at the time when the tragedy happened," it added.A search for three missing people was under way.Meanwhile, ...
106 rescued from sinking asylum-seeker boat: Australia SYDNEY: One hundred and six people were plucked to safety from a sinking asylum-seeker boat off Australia Tuesday, with just two suffering minor injuries, rescuers said.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) had earlier reported a boat with approximately 105 people on board was in trouble. It did not say if everyone had been accounted for, only that the rescue operation was continuing.AMSA received a request for assistance from someone onboard the boat Tuesday morning. A ...

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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln