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Ferguson takes comfort in Thanksgiving FERGUSON: A peaceful Ferguson came together Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving and recover from violent protests that erupted when a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.Visible signs of the turbulence of recent days were armed National Guard troops and Humvees posted at shopping malls and bleak-looking boarded-up stores.But for the first time this week, there were no signs of any major protests in the St Louis suburb, which reeled from Monday's decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9.Residents kept out of the cold, spending the holiday with friends and family, attending church services and beautifying boarded-up stores."I believe God enough to know we will rebuild," said Reverend Carlton Lee, the pastor at Flood Christian Church, which was burnt beyond repair during the violence on Monday.He spoke at a service ...

Mexico president seeks to dissolve local police forces MEXICO CITY: Mexico's embattled president unveiled sweeping reforms Thursday to dissolve corruption-plagued municipal police forces nationwide amid an outcry over the role of gang-affiliated authorities in the presumed slaughter of 43 students.More carnage hit Mexico hours before President Enrique Pena Nieto's announcement, with the discovery of 11 beheaded bodies in the troubled southern state of Guerrero -- the same region where the students were attacked in September."Society has raised its voice to say enough is ...
Protesters block Acapulco highway over 43 missing CHILPANCINGO: Protesters fuming over the presumed slaughter of 43 students blocked the highway linking Mexico City and Acapulco on Wednesday to mark two months since the disappearance rocking the government.Some 2,000 people, including parents of the missing young men and fellow students from their Ayotzinapa teacher-training college, took part in the latest protest over the case.The rally occurred in Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern state of Guerrero, which has been the scene of violent ...
Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH WASHINGTON: Researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 5,700 people, mostly in West Africa.Pharmaceutical companies and health agencies are scrambling to fast-track experimental drugs and vaccines that could help.In the first phase ...
Firing range reports gun sales hike after Ferguson ST PETERS: Racially-charged protests in Ferguson are fueling an exponential increase in gun sales among mainly white customers at one of the premier shooting ranges in the country a 20-minute drive away.The Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Center in St Peters, outside St Louis, Missouri typically sells three to five guns a day, but in recent weeks the number has risen to 20 or 30."We've seen a tremendous run on hand guns, specifically, because ...
US jobless claims rise WASHINGTON: New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits rose last week but kept within the recent low range that suggests a modestly improving jobs market, according to official data released Wednesday.Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, increased by 21,000 to 313,000 in the week ending November 22, the Labor Department said. The prior week's level was upwardly revised to 292,000 from 291,000.The four-week moving average of claims rose by 6,250 to ...
Mexican leftist party's founder quits over 43 missing MEXICO CITY : The founder of Mexico's main left-wing party quit late Tuesday amid turmoil and infighting following a former mayor's role in the disappearance of 43 college students.Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, the historical leader of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), said in a letter to fellow members that he was "irrevocably" leaving the party.The PRD is the party of former Iguala mayor Jose Luis Abarca, who is accused of ordering police to attack a ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln