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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — In a rare public appearance, President Bashar Assad on Wednesday visited displaced Syrians in a frontline suburb of the country's capital, where he vowed to keep up the fight against gunmen whom he blamed for driving people from their homes, state TV said.
The Bank of England is not urgently considering raising interest rates which will probably increase only gradually when the time comes, deputy governor Charlie Bean was quoted as saying on Wednesday. "Inevitably there's a lot of focus on what date the Bank Rate will go up. That depends on how the economy unfolds," Bean said in an interview with the Evening Gazette newspaper in Middlesborough, northeast England.