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Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014

Qatar’s foreign minister denies paying ransoms to militant groups

By Daniel Bases

PRINCETON N.J. (Reuters) – Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya defended on Monday his government’s connections with armed militant groups in the Middle East and its involvement in negotiating the release of hostages but denied ever paying ransoms to secure their freedom.

“No, Qatar does not pay ransoms. Again, Qatar will not apologize for any soul or life we saved in Syria. If we can mediate to save another life we will do so,” al-Attiya said in response to a question from Reuters after giving a speech at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Sep 27, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014

Georgia eyes economic development, wary of Russia: deputy PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Ukraine crisis has refreshed Georgia’s wariness in dealing with Russia, its former Soviet master with whom it fought a five-day war in 2008 that left it with two breakaway regions loyal to Moscow, the country’s deputy prime minister said.

“But at the same time we need to be in line with the European policy of de-escalation in the region. De-escalation is the most important thing now,” Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

Sep 24, 2014

Myanmar investment message undermined by politics, sanctions

NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The rapid economic
transformation of Myanmar, less than two years after
transitioning from military control and opening itself to the
world, is not without its rough patches, the nation’s top
economic minister said on Wednesday.

At the same time, George Soros, one of the earliest
investors in Myanmar’s economy and even more so its social
reform, said he was troubled by the slowdown in reforms ahead of
next year’s elections. Still, he believes multinational
companies must be involved in one of Southeast Asia’s last
untapped areas.

Sep 24, 2014

Myanmar to issue foreign bank licenses by end-Sept: central bank

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Myanmar will announce an offer by the end this month for between five and 10 foreign banks to open branches in its rapidly expanding economy, the deputy central bank governor told Reuters on Wednesday.

U Set Aung, speaking on the sidelines of the Myanmar Investment Outreach conference in New York, said there had been confusion over the timing of the announcement.

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