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Woman risks collie-sion with China motorway dog walk: Xinhua BEIJING: A woman who took her dog for a walk on a motorway in China while her car was parked in the middle of the road was "punished" by police, state media said Sunday.Her boyfriend was answering "an urgent call of nature" with the couple's car "in the middle of the highway" in the central Hubei province Friday, Xinhua said, without giving further details."The driver did not set up a warning triangle behind the car and passing vehicles had to slow down suddenly and change lanes to avoid the danger," the news agency said.The "driver" was fined 200 yuan ($32) and handed six penalty points, Xinhua added, without saying if that was the woman or her boyfriend.But the woman was "punished" for taking her pooch for a walk on the emergency lane of the road, the report added.Friday was the first day of China's May Day holiday, when traffic is ...

6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS WASHINGTON: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck New Britain island off Papua New Guinea Thursday, 131 kilometers (81 miles) southwest of the town of Kokopo, US seismologists said. The quake hit the island at 1045 GMT, northeast of mainland Papua. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said "a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected." The quake hit at a depth of 48.9 kilometers and the US Geological Survey initially reported the earthquake's magnitude at 6.8, ...
McDonald's supplier gets Beijing's biggest pollution fine: Xinhua BEIJING: A McDonald's joint venture in China supplying its outlets with French fries has been slapped with a record 3.9 million yuan ($630,000) fine for water pollution, state media reported.The fine levied against Beijing Simplot Food Processing is the largest ever meted out by the city of Beijing for pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the municipal environmental watchdog.Beijing Simplot Food Processing is a joint venture between US agribusiness concern J.R. Simplot Company, ...
Indonesia defends executions as part of 'war' on drugs CILACAP: Indonesia's attorney general on Wednesday defended the execution of seven foreign drug convicts, saying that the country was facing a "war" against drugs. "We are fighting a war against horrible drug crimes that threaten our nation's survival," Muhammad Prasetyo told reporters.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
South Korea reacts with caution to new US-Japan defence ties SEOUL: South Korea on Tuesday responded cautiously to a new set of US-Japan defence guidelines, demanding close consultations with Seoul on issues concerning security on the Korean peninsula.Under the new guidelines, Japan could shoot down missiles heading toward the United States and come to the aid of third countries under attack, if the attack was deemed a threat to Japanese security.Seoul had been concerned that the new rules for defence cooperation unveiled on Monday might ...
Battered South Korean president accepts PM resignation SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday accepted the resignation of her prime minister over a widening bribery scandal that has tainted senior members of her faltering administration. Park was on a four-nation tour of South America when Lee Wan-Koo offered to step down. The decision was confirmed by an official from the president's office hours after her return.Although nominally the second highest official in the country, the prime minister fills a largely ceremonial ...
Frantic search for Nepal quake survivors as toll tops 2,000 KATHMANDU: Rescuers in Nepal searched frantically Sunday for survivors of a quake that killed more than 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp.Terrified residents of Kathmandu were woken by fresh aftershocks in the worst disaster to hit the impoverished Himalayan nation in more than 80 years, with many forced to spend the night trying to sleep out on the streets and open ground ...

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
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