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Rouhani says ready to aid Iraq, nuke deal by July 20 possible ANKARA: Iran stands ready to provide help to Iraq's government in its fight against insurgents within the framework of international law, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, adding that so far Baghdad had not requested assistance.Rouhani added in a press conference broadcast live on state television that Iran believed it was possible to conclude a comprehensive agreement ending its nuclear dispute with major powers by a July 20 deadline.Remaining differences could be settled through goodwill and flexibility, he said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Chinese police arrest prominent rights lawyer BEIJING: Police in China on Friday arrested one of the country's most celebrated human rights lawyers, as leaders of the ruling Communist Party renew their push to punish government critics.Pu Zhiqiang, a prominent rights campaigner who has represented dissident artist Ai Weiwei, was arrested on suspicion of "creating disturbances and illegally obtaining personal information", according to a posting by the Beijing Public Security Bureau on its verified microblog.The police added that a further investigation into ...
South Korea's Park replaces finance minister in cabinet reshuffle SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-hye replaced the finance minister with a three-term member of parliament and close policy confidant in a cabinet reshuffle on Friday in the aftermath of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people.Choi Kyung-hwan, 59, has previously served as industry and energy minister and ruling party parliamentary floor leader and is seen as having extensive experience in both national politics and bureaucracy.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Japan rescuers called to 'plane crash' find flower bed TOKYO: Firefighters called to a report that a plane had smashed into a cliff in northern Japan found the wreckage to be nothing more than a clump of flowers in full bloom.Police in Akita raised the alarm after a call from a member of the public saying that a Cessna -- a light aircraft -- appeared to have crashed."We sent six fire trucks as well as three medical rescue vehicles," a spokesman for Akita City ...
Australian trade at risk over East Jerusalem decision SYDNEY: Australia could face trade sanctions by Arab nations over its decision to stop using the term "occupied" when referring to East Jerusalem, the head of the Palestinian delegation to Canberra warned Friday.Izzat Abdulhadi said Australia's new stance on East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel in a move never recognised by the international community, was a "substantial policy shift"."We think that it's very provocative and unuseful, and it's not appropriate," Abdulhadi told AFP.His comments ...
South Korean president revamps cabinet after ferry tragedy SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye revamped her cabinet Friday, replacing seven ministers in response to intense criticism over her administration's handling of April's ferry disaster.It was Park's first major cabinet shake-up since taking office in February last year as South Korea's first female president.The most high-profile change will see Choi Kyoung-Hwan, a ruling party lawmaker, replacing Hyun Oh-Seok as finance minister in charge of the economy, the presidential Blue House said.Park also named six ...
Gas leak kills six at giant India steel plant RAIPUR: A poisonous gas leak at one of India's largest steel plants killed six people overnight and injured 31 others, a factory official said on Friday.Deadly gas escaped from one of the blast furnaces at the flagship Bhilai Steel plant run by the Steel Authority of India in central Chhattisgarh state, the factory's chief spokesman said."Six industrial workers have been killed and 31 others injured due to leakage of carbon monoxide gas from one of ...

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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 $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln