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Crowd hails Iranian nuclear negotiators on return to Tehran TEHRAN: A crowd of well-wishers hailed Iranian negotiators on Friday as they returned to Tehran after agreeing the framework of a potentially historic nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian news agencies reported.Several dozen people greeted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his team as they left Tehran's Mehr Abad airport after returning from the negotiations in Lausanne, the ISNA news agency reported."Viva Zarif! Viva Araghchi!" the crowd chanted, in reference to the minister and top negotiator Abbas Araghchi.In brief remarks at the airport, Zarif praised Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for "his remarkable support for the negotiating team and his guidance" in the talks, the official IRNA news agency reported.Reaching out to Iranian hardliners who have opposed any deal that would curb Tehran's nuclear activities, Zarif said work remained to finalise the agreement before a June 30 deadline."This set of solutions will be the basis for writing a final ...

South Korea army general assumes cyber-security post SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Friday appointed an army general to the new post of national cyber-security tsar, tasked with defending against North Korean hacking attacks.Brigadier General Shin In-Seop, who served as deputy chief of the military's cyber warfare command launched in 2010, took up his new duties immediately, a presidential official said.The new position is supposed to serve as a "control tower" for combined agency efforts to counter North Korean cyber warfare.South ...
Japan ruling party to offer selfies with PM TOKYO: For the Japanese political junkie who has everything, the party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is offering the perfect gift -- a small sticky-back selfie with the bouffant premier.Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the establishment choice for greying conservatives over several generations, is set to install a "puri-kura" machine in its Tokyo HQ lobby.The "puri-kura", a Japanese contraction of the English words "Print Club", is an augmented photo booth, popular chiefly with teenage girls, ...
Japan is set to extend sanctions on North Korea: Nikkei TOKYO: Japan will likely extend its sanctions against North Korea because of Pyongyang's delay in reporting into its abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago, the Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday without citing sources.The government is poised to decide next Tuesday on an extension to a trade embargo on North Korea, a ban on North Korea charter flights and a prohibition on North Korean ships entering Japanese ports, the Nikkei said.Japanese government officials were unavailable ...
Malaysia launches crackdown to thwart protest: opposition KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police have arrested two politicians and a political activist as they seek to thwart a Saturday protest march demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, an opposition parliamentarian said.Tian Chua said he also would comply with an order to surrender to police on Saturday, but that the afternoon rally in Kuala Lumpur would go ahead.The arrests are the latest in an escalating crackdown on government opponents amid anger over Anwar's ...
North Korea says it has arrested two South Korea spies SEOUL: North Korea said it had arrested two South Koreans engaged in espionage for the South's spy agency, in a move likely to heighten already elevated tensions between the two rivals.In a despatch late Thursday, the North's official KCNA news agency described the two men, identified as Kim Kuk-Gi and Choe Chun-Gil, as "heinous terrorists" who operated from a base in the Chinese border city of Dandong."They zealously took part in an anti-DPRK (anti-North Korea) ...
Australia bids farewell to former PM Fraser at state funeral MELBOURNE: Hundreds of mourners gathered on Friday at a state funeral for former conservative prime minister Malcolm Fraser, who came to power in 1975 with Australia's greatest constitutional crisis and died last week aged 84.Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended the ceremony at Melbourne's Scots' Church along with former prime ministers Julia Gillard, John Howard and Paul Keating.Fraser's close friend and a minister in his government, Peter Nixon, said the nation had lost a "unique and ...

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Banking Review 2014

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