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'Highly likely' MH370 on autopilot when it went down: Australia SYDNEY: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was "highly, highly likely" on autopilot when it ran out of fuel and crashed, Australian officials said Thursday as they announced the search will shift further south."It would be fair to comment that it is highly, highly likely that the aircraft was on autopilot, otherwise it could not have followed the orderly path that has been identified through the satellite sightings," Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Abandoned children fear as US troops eye Philippines ANGELES: When the last US ship pulled out of the Philippines' Subic naval base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman's hopes of finding her father sailed away with it.Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of "Amerasians" fathered by US soldiers who served in the Philippines, home to the US military's biggest overseas bases until they closed down in 1992.Like so many others, Calaguas has endured a life of ...
Japan, North Korea closing in on new talks: Tokyo TOKYO: Japan said on Wednesday it was close to holding another round of talks with North Korea, amid reports that they will meet in China next week."The Japanese and North Korean governments are in the final stages of discussions to set the time and the place" for the next talks, said Yoshihide Suga, Japan's top government spokesman.The comment came amid local news accounts that the two nations are scheduling a two-day meeting from Tuesday in ...
Malaysia gets new transport minister amid MH370 crisis KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's premier on Wednesday appointed a new transport minister to replace Hishammuddin Hussein, who took the lead during the search for missing flight MH370.Hishammuddin, who is also defence minister, had provisionally held the transport portfolio after the post was left vacant following the last elections a year ago.He led the nation's search for the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished on March 8 with 239 people aboard.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Japan to see average summer weather in July-Sept TOKYO: Japan will see mostly average summer weather from July to September, the official forecaster said on Wednesday, which could provide some reprieve for the nation's power companies as consumers use their air conditioning at normal seasonal levels.Eastern Japan, including the most densely populated Tokyo area, will have a 40 percent chance of average temperatures for the period, the Japan Meteorological Agency said in its monthly three-month forecast.Japan's power supply is expected to be tight ...
Japan PM urges businesses to mobilise women power for economy TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the nation's business leaders on Tuesday to do more to boost the role of working women, a key plank of a new growth strategy he was set to unveil later in the day.Abe, who took office 18 months ago pledging to end deflation and generate sustainable growth with a three-pronged strategy of monetary easing, fiscal spending and reform, is due to outline the latest tranche of his so-called ...
Another body recovered from sunken South Korean ferry SEOUL: Dive teams on Tuesday recovered another victim of South Korea's ferry disaster, the first to be retrieved from the sunken vessel in 16 days in an increasingly frustrating search for the last bodies.The body was of a woman passenger, and brings the total number of confirmed victims from the April 16 disaster to 293, with 11 still unaccounted for.The 6,825-tonne Sewol passenger ferry was carrying 476 people, including 325 students on a school trip, ...

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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
WeeklyJuly 06, 2015
Reserves $18.201 bln