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Thailand sentences suspected Uighur asylum seekers BANGKOK: Thailand on Saturday sentenced dozens of asylum seekers thought to be from China's Uighur minority for illegal entry, an official said, despite a US appeal for their protection.About 120 adults among the group were fined 4,000 baht ($124) each by a court in southern Thailand, according to police, who said they were waiting to identify the families before deciding their fate.The men will be detained by immigration and the women and children will be taken to a shelter, Police Major General Thatchai Pitaneelaboot said by telephone.The group of roughly 200 people was discovered in a raid on a suspected people smuggling camp on Wednesday in the kingdom's deep south. Thailand, which says their nationality is still unconfirmed, has not said whether they might be forced to return to China, but the kingdom has a history of repatriating illegal immigrants.The Turkish embassy and the UN refugee agency have been providing ...

Malaysian PM to hold press conference on missing plane: govt KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was to address a press conference Saturday on the fate of a missing Malaysian airliner, his office said on Saturday.Najib will make an announcement at approximately 1:30pm (0530) GMT, the prime minister's office said on its official Twitter account.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Jakarta governor heads for Indonesia presidency JAKARTA: Indonesia's main opposition party nominated the hugely popular governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, as its presidential candidate Friday, setting him up as the leading contender for July elections.Surveys have shown that Widodo, affectionately known nationwide as Jokowi, would claim the presidency by a long shot if nominated.He is considered a fresh face among a slew of candidates who have run multiple times and hark back to the three-decade Suharto dictatorship, many with military ties.The ...
Strong 6.3-magnitude quake hits off Japan, injures 17 TOKYO: A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Japan early Friday injuring 17 people, reports said as officials warned residents to be alert to the danger of landslides following the tremor.There was no tsunami warning or reports of major damage.Public broadcaster NHK said 17 people were injured. None of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening.The epicentre of the quake -- which struck at 2:06 am (1706 GMT Thursday) -- was located 13 kilometres (eight miles) ...
Three dead in China knife attack, terror ruled out: official BEIJING: Attackers armed with knives killed at least three people in central China on Friday, an official said, ruling out a terrorist incident two weeks after a mass stabbing left 29 people dead and stunned the nation."Three people died," an official in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, told AFP by phone. "I can assure you it's not a terror attack. It happened in a market due to some dispute.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Teacher shot and burned in Thai south BANGKOK: Gunmen shot dead a female teacher in insurgency-riven southern Thailand on Friday and set her body on fire, police said, in the latest attack on an education worker.The 42-year-old was riding a motorbike to work at an elementary school in the Mayo district of Pattani province when she was attacked."Gunmen shot her and set fire to her body," a local police officer said by telephone.The insurgency has claimed more than 5,900 lives -- the ...
No sign of South Korea, Japan leaders' summit after talks SEOUL: South Korea on Thursday signalled that it would not go ahead with a mooted leaders' summit with Japan, after talks between top diplomats failed to produce a breakthrough on their badly strained ties.The countries' vice foreign ministers met Wednesday in a bid to thaw relations, which remain frosty over emotive issues linked to Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule, its wartime use of women in military brothels and an island territorial dispute."No dialogue for the sake ...

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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
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WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
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