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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, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for "persistent efforts" to save victims from what Xinhua described as "the worst floods in decades" in northeast China.Authorities said 85 people in the region were confirmed dead, 105 missing, and some 3.74 million people had been affected by the severe weather.The worst-affected province was Liaoning, where Xinhua quoted Guo Shouying, 54, as saying: "Floodwater gushed out of the embankments and my mother was swept away."The neighbours heard her desperate ...

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 ...
Heavy rain pummels flooded Philippines MANILA: Torrential rain relentlessly battered the flood-soaked Philippine capital and surrounding farming areas on Tuesday, raising fears that the toll from monsoons which have killed three this week would climb higher.Schools and government offices in Manila and many neighbouring regions were closed for a second consecutive day, as floods swelled high into urban as well as rural homes.The state weather agency warned the rain would continue through Tuesday, issuing its top level red alert for ...
7 dead as heavy rains pummel flooded Philippines MANILA: Flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas appealed for help Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives, submerged more than half of Manila.Water engulfed entire homes and vehicles in large parts of the megacity of 12 million people, trapping many people and forcing tens of thousands into evacuation centres."We have had nothing to eat, nothing to wear. A few people went to houses on higher ground, but ...
 Heavy rain pummels flooded Philippines MANILA: Torrential rain relentlessly battered the flood-soaked Philippine capital and surrounding farming areas on Tuesday, raising fears that the toll from monsoons which have killed three this week would climb higher.Schools and government offices in Manila and many neighbouring regions were closed for a second consecutive day, as floods swelled high into urban as well as rural homes.The state weather agency warned the rain would continue through Tuesday, issuing its top level red alert for ...
South Korea, US drill begins, even as tensions ease with North SEOUL: South Korea launched a military drill Monday with the United States against a simulated North Korean invasion, even as a recent easing of tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang gathered momentum.Although the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill is largely played out on computers, it involves more than 80,000 South Korean and US troops and has repeatedly been condemned by Pyongyang as a provocative war rehearsal.This year, however, the criticism from the North has been relatively ...
North Korea accepts proposal to resume war-torn family reunions SEOUL: North Korea said on Sunday it had accepted a South Korean offer to hold working-level talks on resuming reunions of families separated by the Korean War, three days after an overture by South Korean President Park Geun-hye.Reclusive North Korea's decision comes amid easing tensions between North and South, technically still at war after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a mere truce, not a treaty.The two sides agreed last week to reopen a jointly-run ...

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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln