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Japan hosts women-focused conference amid economy push TOKYO: Japan on Friday kicks off the "World Assembly for Women" conference, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe moves to boost the role of females in the world's third largest economy.Tokyo will play host to the international conference with Liberian President and Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Marillyn Hewson, chief executive of US aerospace and security giant Lockheed Martin, among the speakers.Japan's premier is set to deliver the keynote speech as the two-day conference opens. Since sweeping to power in late 2012 on a ticket to kickstart Japan's flagging economy, the conservative Abe has pledged to push for women to get more senior roles in politics and business as one of the pillars of his Abenomics growth blitz.The conference starts just hours after a series of weak inflation and spending figures underscore Japan's wobbly economic recovery and the challenges to Abe's efforts to conquer years of deflation and laggard growth.While ...

Australian PM dismisses Treasurer's republican push SYDNEY: Monarchist Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted on Thursday that efforts to resurrect a push for Australia to become a republic were doomed despite his treasurer's new role as a bipartisan torchbearer for the movement.The conservative leader -- who has long expressed his love of the British monarchy -- brushed aside Joe Hockey's failure to inform him that he would co-chair a parliamentary group to gather support for constitutional change and said he doubted Australians ...
South Korea silences loudspeakers after deal with North to end crisis SEOUL: South Korea switched off loudspeakers blasting propaganda messages into North Korea after the two rivals reached a compromise deal Tuesday and stepped back from the brink of an armed clash.The giant banks of speakers, which had lain silent for more than a decade, were drafted back into action two weeks ago after Seoul blamed Pyongyang for landmine blasts that maimed two patrolling South Korean soldiers.The South demanded an apology, while the North denied any ...
Eight feared dead in Indonesian landslide JAKARTA: Eight people are missing and feared dead after a major landslide hit a road in remote eastern Indonesia, an official said Tuesday.Heavy downpours in an isolated mountainous region of Papua province triggered the landslide Sunday, burying six construction workers and two bystanders under rock and rubble.Papua police spokesman Patridge Renwarin said news of the incident did not reach local authorities until Monday, when a rescue team was quickly assembled.But bad weather prevented police, the ...
Japan premier hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticised his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev's weekend visit to disputed islands, aggravating a long-running dispute over the archipelago.The visit "conflicts with Japan's position and hurts the feelings of the Japanese people. It is extremely regrettable," Abe told a parliamentary panel when asked about the trip.Abe's first comments on the visit come after the Russian prime minister on Saturday arrived in Iturup, one of four in the Kuril ...
Australian PM to spend week with remote Aboriginal communities SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday kicked off a one-week stay with indigenous communities in the country's north as he sought to boost development and jobs in the sparsely populated region.Abbott vowed to be the "prime minister for Aboriginal affairs" before he was elected to power in September 2013, and said he would spend one week every year ruling the nation from a remote indigenous community.He will head to Thursday Island -- which ...
Six killed as typhoon hits northern Philippines MANILA: Six people were killed while thousands fled to higher ground as powerful typhoon Goni brought torrential rains to the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods, officials said Saturday.Five people died in the highlands of Benguet and Mountain provinces after they were buried in rocks and mud. A man was killed in nearby Ilocos Norte province after he was hit by a falling tree, according to Alexander Pama, executive director of the national disaster council.Two ...

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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 $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln