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Thai police chief hails bomber hunt 'progress', but still no arrest BANGKOK: Thailand's police chief Friday insisted his officers are making "a lot of progress" in the hunt for the Bangkok shrine bomber despite the lack of arrests and mystery over the motive of the attackers.Monday's blast killed 20 people, mostly Asian visitors, leaving police scrambling to find the assailants and sending shockwaves through the nation's vital tourism sector.Speaking after a memorial for the dead at the scene of the unprecedented attack on Thailand, national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said the bomb was an attempt to stoke fear and uncertainty in the capital."The aim is to discredit the government and create a climate of fear to deter tourists," he told reporters."There's a lot of progress (in the case), but I can't disclose everything," he added.Somyot also played down his earlier comments that the attack on a Hindu shrine in a tourist zone of the capital was carefully planned by a network ...

North Korea shells South Korean military border unit: Yonhap SEOUL: North Korea on Thursday shelled a South Korean military unit on the western section of the inter-Korean border, the South's Yonhap news agency said, citing military sources.The Defence Ministry said it could not immediately confirm the report, which comes at a time of elevated cross-border tensions, following a landmine attack earlier this month that Seoul blamed on Pyongyang.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
South Korea's Park to visit China for WWII anniversary event SEOUL: South Korea said Thursday that President Park Geun-Hye would attend upcoming celebrations in Beijing to mark China's victory over Japan in World War II -- an anniversary that most world leaders look set to shun.But Park's senior secretary for foreign affairs, Ju Chul-Ki told reporters no final decision had been made on whether the president would attend the showpiece event -- a huge military parade in the Chinese capital on September 3. "Discussions are ...
Rescue teams race to Indonesian plane crash site JAYAPURA: Rescuers battled Monday to reach a remote, mountainous site in eastern Indonesia where debris has been spotted after a plane carrying 54 people and cash worth almost half a million dollars crashed at the weekend.The plane operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana Air lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday afternoon during a short flight in bad weather from Jayapura, capital of Papua province.The ATR 42-300 twin-turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers and five ...
Toyota says workers injured, factory lines shut in Tianjin TOKYO: Toyota on Monday said more than 50 employees were injured after two giant explosions last week in the Chinese city of Tianjin, where the carmaker's factory lines will remain closed until at least the end of Wednesday.Production at Toyota's Tianjin subsidiary -- including a factory line 70 kilometres (44 miles) away that depends on parts from the main operation -- was halted due to evacuations from the city, Toyota said.When the accident happened, Toyota's ...
6.6-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands SYDNEY: A shallow 6.6-magnitude quake hit off the Solomon Islands on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no Pacific-wide tsunami expected.The quake struck some 214 kilometres (132 miles) west of the town of Lata but 460 kilometres from the capital Honiara, USGS said."Based on all the available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in an advisory.The Solomons are part of the Pacific "Ring ...
Australia PM Abbott defends emissions target SYDNEY: Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday defended Australia's carbon pollution reduction target as in line with those of other countries after the nation's climate change authority criticised the goal as "disappointing".The government on Tuesday announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2030, well below the level recommended by the independent Climate Change Authority which advises the government on the issue.In Adelaide on Saturday, Abbott defended ...

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyAugust 24, 2015
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