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Colombia president replaces top military leaders BOGOTA: President Juan Manuel Santos has replaced Colombia's top military leaders, days after the release of a Human Rights Watch report alleging complicity by the country's top brass in extrajudicial killings of civilians.In a press conference Monday, Maduro announced that General Jaime Alfonso Lasprilla, head of Colombia's army, would be replaced by General Alberto Mejia Ferrero.The head of Colombia's navy, Admiral Hernando Wills, will be replaced by Admiral Leonardo Santamaria, Santos said. General Carlos Bueno, meanwhile, will take over command of Colombia's air force from General Guillermo Leon.The overhaul of the military's top echelon comes just days after the release of a Human Rights Watch report alleging that several top Colombian military leaders were aware of "widespread and systematic extrajudicial killings" of civilians between 2002 and 2008.Maduro said the changes were being made according to "normal and necessary procedures" and thanked the three outgoing military officers for their service "on ...

White House calls on Greece, EU to find compromise WASHINGTON: The White House urged Greece and EU leaders Monday to find a compromise to keep the cash-strapped country in the eurozone, after Greeks voted resoundingly to reject an austerity-based bailout."The referendum is over, but our view here at the White House remains the same," said spokesman Josh Earnest.EU and Greek officials need "to agree to a package of reforms and financing that would allow Greece to be on a path toward debt sustainability but ...
US train with toxic chemicals derails, catches fire WASHINGTON: A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Tennessee and caught fire, prompting a large-scale evacuation, firefighters said Thursday.The train derailed near Maryville, close to the city of Knoxville, carrying acrylonitrile, a flammable, toxic compound that poses respiratory risks, firefighter Kermit Easterling said.Some 5,000 residents are being evacuated, and firefighters are going door to door wearing breathing equipment to get people away from the fire, he said.Firefighters are not battling the flames because of the ...
US, Cuba diplomatic posts witnessed decades of Cold War drama WASHINGTON: The buildings that will become US and Cuban embassies in their neighbor's respective capitals on July 20 have seen over five decades of Cold War protests, provocations and strains.Now, with the longtime enemies finally putting aside all that enmity, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro have exchanged letters agreeing to restore full diplomatic ties.Legally, both countries are currently represented by an "interests section" within the embassies of Switzerland.But the facilities in question in Havana ...
Obama gives nod to Black Keys, and maybe a White House invite WASHINGTON: Garage rockers The Black Keys may have won themselves an invitation to play the White House after President Barack Obama declared himself a fan of the duo.While answering questions Wednesday on Twitter, Obama was asked about his music selections and replied he was listening to The Black Keys' 2011 hit "Lonely Boy" and classic hip-hop duo Outkast's track "Liberation."The Black Keys replied online by asking if they could use Air Force One for their ...
US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies WASHINGTON: The United States and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold War enmity.President Barack Obama is expected to issue a statement at 11:00 am (1500 GMT) Wednesday in the White House Rose Garden about the deal, which constitutes one of the major foreign policy achievements of his presidency."We will formally announce tomorrow that the United States and Cuba have reached ...
Three dead after plane crashes, setting US home ablaze WASHINGTON: A small plane crashed into a US home Sunday killing all three of the people on board, while the house's occupants escaped a devastating blaze that erupted immediately, officials said."The four occupants of the single-family home were able to get out of the building before it became fully engulfed in flames," the Massachusetts State Police said in a statement.The plane crashed around 6pm (2200 GMT) at a private residence in the town of Plainville, ...


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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
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