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Earhquake rocks Colombia near Panama border BOGOTA: A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 rocked northern Colombia near its border with Panama on Tuesday, authorities said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.The quake struck at 7:10 pm (0010 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 30 kilometers (18 miles) in Choco department.The epicenter was in a jungle area about 36 kilometers from the town of Unguia."At the moment, local authorities are checking to determine what, if any, damage or injuries there may be," the National Disaster Office said in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Jeb Bush would give undocumented a way to stay in US WASHINGTON: Republican White House hopeful Jeb Bush vowed Monday to launch comprehensive immigration reform, including stronger borders and finding a way for the 11 million undocumented people in the country to make their status legal.Back in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama pledged to seek a major immigration policy reform that would let the undocumented stay indefinitely. But his efforts hit a wall in the Republican-run Congress.According to former Florida governor Bush, a president is only going ...
Parents of 43 missing Mexican students demand new search MEXICO CITY: Parents and relatives of 43 Mexican students missing for 10 months and presumed dead marched Sunday to demand the government resume the search for the young men.Authorities say corrupt local police abducted the students in September last year and handed them over to a drug gang, which slaughtered them, but families are angry at the handling of the case and refuse to believe their children are dead."We demand the relaunching of the search ...
Strong quake strikes remote Alaska islands LOS ANGELES: A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled remote islands in the US state of Alaska on Sunday, seismologists said, but there was no tsunami warning.The underwater quake hit off the Fox Islands, by the Aleutian Trench, more than 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) west of Anchorage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.The quake had a depth of 11 kilometers and struck at 5:49 pm (0449 GMT Monday), USGS said. The National Tsunami Warning Center noted the ...
Lightning kills seven from same Mexico family MEXICO CITY: Four children were among seven people from the same family killed in a devastating lightning strike in rural Mexico on Friday, authorities said.Another child and a 26-year-old woman were also injured as the group worked in a field during a violent storm in the town of Mesa Cuata, in the central Guanajuato state.The dead children were aged three, five, nine and 14, a Guanajuato civil protection official told AFP by telephone.The other victims ...
Obama's thoughts, prayers with Louisiana shooting victims WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims of a shooting at a US cinema that killed two people dead and injured nine others, the White House said on Friday.Obama was traveling to Kenya late Thursday when he learned about the deadly incident, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement."The president received a briefing from Lisa Monaco, his homeland security adviser, on the mass shooting at a movie theater in ...
Obama upbeat on Africa on eve of Kenya, Ethiopia trip WASHINGTON: On the eve of his trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama said he was excited about the impending visit to his ancestral continent, which he said had great resilience and enormous potential for growth.Obama is due to leave on Thursday for Kenya, marking his first presidential visit to the homeland of his father.From there, Obama will trace the Great Rift Valley northward to Addis Ababa, becoming the first US president to visit Ethiopia."Despite ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln