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Quake avalanche kills 8 at Nepal's Everest Base camp KATHMANDU: An avalanche triggered by a deadly earthquake in Nepal on Saturday buried a part of the base camp for climbers bound for Mount Everest, killing at least eight people, Nepal's tourism ministry said."The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas," tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Indonesia issues execution orders for Australians, Filipino SYDNEY: Two Australian drug traffickers and a Filipino woman were on Saturday given official notification by Indonesia that they will be executed, but with no given date, reports and a lawyer said.They include Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking gang, and mother-of-two Mary Jane Veloso.There was no word on the fate of several other foreign drug convicts due to face the firing squad, including one each from Brazil ...
Japan man arrested over drone found on PM's office roof TOKYO: A Japanese man was arrested Saturday for allegedly flying a small drone with traces of radioactivity onto the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office, police said.Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, turned himself in to local police in Fukui prefecture, some 350 kilometres (220 miles) west of Tokyo, late Friday night with an apparent drone controller, saying he did it to express his anti-nuclear power stance, according to local media.The unemployed man blogged that the drone ...
Strong earthquake rattles New Zealand WELLINGTON: A strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with local authorities saying there were no immediate reports of damage despite it being widely felt.The quake hit at 3:36 pm (0336 GMT) with its epicentre about 66 kilometres (41 miles) from the South Island town of Kaikoura at a depth of 55 kilometres, the USGS said.The local GeoNet monitoring service measured the quake at 6.3 and said it had ...
Russia still expecting North Korea's Kim in May: diplomat SEOUL: Russia is still expecting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to visit Moscow in May, with a possible summit scheduled with President Vladimir Putin, Russia's ambassador to South Korea said on Thursday.In a press briefing at the embassy, Alexander Timonin confirmed Kim, who has yet to travel abroad since coming to power more than three years ago, was on course to attend Moscow's World War II anniversary celebration on May 9."We... are expecting the visit ...
Hong Kong leader assails 'uncivilised' critics HONG KONG: Hong Kong's chief hit back at "uncivilised" critics on Thursday after he was booed and heckled by local residents as he tried to promote a newly unveiled, Beijing-backed plan for leadership elections in 2017.The roadmap for the city's first ever public vote for its chief executive was announced on Wednesday. It conforms to a controversial ruling from Beijing stipulating that candidates must be pre-screened by a loyalist committee.The ruling sparked mass protests which ...
Drone found on Japan PM office roof TOKYO: A small drone was found on the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office on Wednesday, apparently having been flown there, local media said.Staff at the official residence -- known as "the Kantei" --discovered the 50-centimetre (20-inch) craft on top of the five-storey structure in central Tokyo around mid-morning, major broadcasters reported.Aerial footage showed dozens of police officers swarming over the roof and helipad of the modern, glass-facade building, with the drone covered by ...

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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 $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJune 25, 2015
Reserves $17.457 bln