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Malaysia minister says search for 'survivors' to continue KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's transport minister vowed Saturday to continue the search for "possible survivors" from a missing passenger plane, three weeks after it crashed in the remote Indian Ocean."No matter how remote the odds, we will pray, hope against hope, and continue to search for possible survivors," Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters during a condolence visit to relatives of Malaysian passengers and crew.Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished on March 8 after veering sharply off course during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Prime Minister Najib Razak has said satellite data analysis shows the Boeing 777 must have come down thousands of miles away in the southern Indian Ocean with the loss of 239 passengers and crew.But Hishammuddin, the public face of Malaysia during the crisis through his near-daily press conferences, has referred previously to what he called the possibility of survivors, however faint."I cannot give them (relatives) false hope," he said ...

North  Korea warns of 'war' over South Korea's anti-Pyongyang leaflets SEOUL: North Korea said Saturday its relations with South Korea had been driven into a "catastrophic" phase again, warning the South's scattering of anti-Pyongyang leaflets could spark a war. The statement came hours after Pyongyang's foreign ministry said the North would bolster its "war deterrent", accusing the United States of deliberately escalating tension through ongoing joint military drills with the South. Earlier, North Korea's military condemned the South Korean navy's seizure of a North Korean ...
Chinese MH370 relatives demand Beijing probe BEIJING: Relatives of the Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have demanded China mount its own inquiry into the disappearance, a letter shows.The document, sent to Beijing's special envoy in Kuala Lumpur, denounced Malaysia's handling of the search and asked the Chinese government to set up its own "investigation office".News of the letter comes as a committee set up by relatives of the 153 Chinese passengers has begun discussions with lawyers about a ...
MH370 search area shifted on 'new, credible lead': AMSA PERTH: The search for wreckage of Flight MH370 was shifted Friday to an area 1,100 kilometres (685 miles) northeast of where planes had been looking after "a new, credible lead", Australian authorities said."The new information is based on continuing analysis of radar data between the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca before radar contact was lost," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said."It indicated that the aircraft was travelling faster than previously estimated, resulting ...
South Korea police name 22 over fatal rooftop collapse SEOUL: South Korean police on Thursday named 22 people who may face criminal charges over the collapse last month of a gymnasium packed with students that killed 10 people, mostly college freshmen.More than 200 were injured when the roof of the building -- in a sprawling mountain resort near the southern city of Gyeongju -- caved in under the weight of heavy snow on February 17.Welcoming events for college freshmen were being held at the ...
China earthquake activist freed after five years: lawyer BEIJING: A Chinese activist who investigated whether shoddy construction caused the deaths of thousands of children when their schools collapsed in a 2008 earthquake was released Thursday after finishing a five-year jail term, his lawyer said.Writer and campaigner Tan Zuoren was on his way home to Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, his lawyer Pu Zhiqiang told AFP by phone."He was released today. Now he's on the way home," Pu said.Tan, 59, ...
World's 'longest-serving' death row inmate granted retrial in Japan TOKYO: A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate was Thursday granted a retrial in Japan over multiple murders in 1966, decades after doubts emerged about his guilt.Shizuoka District Court decided to "start the retrial over the case" of Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was convicted for the grisly murder of his boss and the man's family, a court official said.Delivering his ruling, presiding judge Hiroaki Murayama cited possible planting of evidence by ...

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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
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