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Mexico ex-police official arrested in student abductions MEXICO CITY: A former police chief in Cocula, the Mexican town where witnesses say 43 missing students were massacred, was arrested for allegedly participating in handing the young men over to a criminal gang, prosecutors said Friday.Cesar Nava Gonzalez was arrested on November 16, the statement said, calling the former official a "member of the Guerreros Unidos criminal organization."The teacher college students' disappearance and presumed slaughter has infuriated Mexicans fed up with corruption, impunity and a drug war that has left more than 100,000 people dead or missing since 2006.Lawyer Vidulfo Rosales, who represents the parents of the missing students, said the families were told earlier Friday of the latest arrest at a briefing with officials.The students were taken on September 26, after the mayor of the city of Iguala allegedly ordered police to confront students, sparking a night of violence that also left six people dead.Members of the Guerreros ...

Obama presses on with immigration plan as clash looms LAS VEGAS: US President Barack Obama staunchly defended his unilateral move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation Friday, pledging to implement his controversial plan despite furious criticism from congressional opponents.The controversial overhaul, praised by many immigration rights activists, provides three-year relief for millions of undocumented people who have lived in the country for more than five years and have children that are US citizens or legal residents.According to the president, it also channels ...
Criminal investigation closed against Bogota mayor BOGOTA: Colombian prosecutors closed a criminal investigation Friday into Bogota's mayor, who was temporarily removed from office last year following a months-long battle in court.Gustavo Petro, a former leader of the now defunct M-19 guerrilla group, was elected to serve as mayor of Bogota, home to seven million people, from 2012 to 2016.But he was sacked in December by Colombia's inspector general, who said Petro had abused his powers by eliminating private garbage collection contracts ...
Immigration row fuels early 2016 US presidential race WASHINGTON: When President Barack Obama unveiled his immigration plan and Republican rivals howled their disapproval, the drama signaled not just a clash of political positions: it kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign.Several likely Republican White House contenders -- and a very prominent Democrat, Hillary Clinton -- provided some of the most visible early reactions to the president's controversial executive order.Their statements helped draw the battle lines of Washington's immigration warfare that is sure to extend ...
Ailing Thai King unable to meet ministers BANGKOK: Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old's health. The two ministers were supposed to accompany junta leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha to meet the world's longest serving monarch on Friday evening to swear an oath in front of him before taking up office.But the palace said his medical team had advised against the king going ...
Mexico police, protesters clash outside National Palace MEXICO CITY: Riot police clashed with protesters outside Mexico City's National Palace on Thursday, after a massive march against the government's handling of the investigation into the feared massacre of 43 students.Police sprayed water at the protesters, some of whom kicked the officers' shields, after powerful firecrackers were thrown at the palace, which President Enrique Pena Nieto uses for ceremonies.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students MEXICO CITY: Tens of thousands of black-clad protesters angry at the presumed slaughter of 43 students marched in Mexico City on Thursday, chanting for President Enrique Pena Nieto's resignation.In the latest day of nationwide demonstrations, protesters waved blackened Mexican flag, shouting "Urgent! Urgent for the president to resign!" and "He will fall, he will fall, Pena Nieto will fall!"Parents of the 43 male college students, who reject claims their sons are dead, led the march ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln