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North Korea doubles cyber war personnel: report SEOUL: North Korea has doubled the number of its elite cyber warriors over the past two years and established overseas bases for hacking attacks, a report said Sunday.The North's cyber war unit now has 5,900 personnel, compared with 3,000 two years ago, the South's Yonhap news agency said."The communist country operates a hacking unit under its General Bureau of Reconnaissance, which is home to some 1,200 professional hackers," a military source was quoted as saying.North Korean hackers have launched cyber attacks through overseas bases in countries such as China, the source said.In recent years, hackers have used malware deployments and virus-carrying emails for cyber attacks on South Korean military institutions, commercial banks, government agencies, TV broadcasters and media websites.Investigations into past large-scale cyber assaults have concluded that they originated in North Korea.The North has denied any involvement and accuses Seoul of fabricating the incidents to fan cross-border tensions.South Korea has ...

Indonesia Widodo rallies supporters ahead of poll JAKARTA: Presidential hopeful Joko Widodo pledged to build a "new history" for Indonesia at a huge campaign rally Saturday, a last push to win votes in a tight election race.Tens of thousands of cheering supporters waved flags emblazoned with pictures of Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, at Jakarta's main stadium on the final day of campaigning before Wednesday's election.Backers of his only rival, Prabowo Subianto, were holding rallies to show their support across the ...
6.0-magnitude quake strikes western Indonesia: USGS JAKARTA: A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck western Indonesia on Saturday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.The quake struck at 4:39 pm (0939 GMT) at a depth of 30 kilometres (19 miles), 88 kilometres southeast of Sinabang, on the small island of Simeulue, the US Geological Survey said.Diana Rahyu, an official from Indonesia's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, said the quake was felt ...
Japan PM to honour quake dead on New Zealand trip WELLINGTON: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honour the 28 citizens from his country who died in the devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake during a visit to New Zealand next week, officials said Friday.Abe will make a brief visit to New Zealand on Monday as part of a swing through the Pacific that also includes a stop in Australia, and reportedly Papua New Guinea.Japan is New Zealand's fourth largest trading partner and Prime Minister John Key ...
North Korea fires two short-range rockets off coast SEOUL: North Korea fired two short-range rockets off its east coast Wednesday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of missile tests ahead of a state visit to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping.A spokesman for the defence ministry in Seoul said the test appeared to be of two "multiple-launch rockets" with a range of around 180 kilometres (110 miles).It marks the third such test by the North in the past week -- all ...
Hong Kong braces for angry democracy protest HONG KONG: Hundreds of thousands of protesters are set to take to the streets in Hong Kong on Tuesday in a pro-democracy rally that organisers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China.The protest march comes after an informal poll on democratic reform drew an unexpectedly high turnout of nearly 800,000 votes, but was branded "illegal and invalid" by Beijing.Organisers expect more than half a million people to join the ...
More than 1.5mn joined Chinese Communist Party in 2013 BEIJING: China's ruling Communist Party, already the largest in the world, gained 1.56 million members last year, according to figures released Monday.The party had 86.7 million members at the end of 2013, its organisation department said in a statement -- more than the entire population of Germany.More than 90 years after being founded and after 64 years in power, the institution now has members ranging from businesspeople to students, some of whom join for status ...

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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln