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Mexico closes 10 cosmetic surgery clinics in border city MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities have ordered the closure of 10 cosmetic surgery clinics and offices in the northwest border city of Tijuana for failing to comply with health regulations.The action, announced on Wednesday, follows the death last month of a young Australian woman after undergoing a liposuction procedure in Mexicali, another city on the US border.Three operating rooms and an intensive care center in Mexicali were closed March 30 after her death.The cheaper and sometimes unregistered medical practices along the border are often geared to visiting Americans and other foreigners. Tijuana lies just south of San Diego, California. The Federal Commission for the Protection Against Health Risks, known as Cofepris by its Spanish acronym, said the latest clinics ordered to close were unable to show they were legally in business.Inspectors also found they were using expired and unregistered products.Two other clinics were fined but not closed.In the case of the ...

Jury's next decision: Life or death for Boston bomber? BOSTON: Convicted in the worst attacks on US soil since 9/11, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a new court date with the same jury, which now must decide if the Boston Marathon bomber must pay for his crimes with his life.Tsarnaev faces either life in prison or the death penalty, after a jury unanimously convicted him Wednesday of carrying out the worst attack in the United States since the 9/11 hijackings.Jurors took a day and a half ...
Mexico gang kills 15 police in worst attack in years GUADALAJARA: Fifteen police officers were killed in a gang ambush in western Mexico, an official said on Tuesday, marking the deadliest day in recent years for security forces battling the drug war.Five more officers were wounded in Monday's assault, which took place on a twisting rural highway near the village of Soyatan as a convoy carrying the elite state police unit headed to Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city.Authorities suspect the powerful "Jalisco New Generation Drug ...
CIA chief says criticism of Iran deal 'disingenuous' WASHINGTON: CIA director John Brennan gave a staunch defence of the framework nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, calling some criticism of the accord "disingenuous" while expressing surprise at Tehran's concessions.In his first public remarks since the outline agreement was announced last week, the spy agency chief said the deal would impose a litany of restrictions on Iran's nuclear work that had once seemed impossible to secure."I must tell you the individuals who say this ...
White House plays down summit spat with Venezuela WASHINGTON: The White House said Tuesday Venezuela is not a security threat, in a disavowal aimed at defusing a controversy just days before Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Maduro come face-to-face at a regional summit.Senior US officials said recent sanctions on seven people linked to the Venezuelan government were not designed to inflame tensions, but to address human rights abuses.Maduro and his supporters attacked US legal wording that declared Venezuela a threat to national security, ...
Canadian senator pleads not guilty to fraud, bribery OTTAWA: A Canadian senator at the center of an expenses scandal and alleged political coverup pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the start of his trial for fraud and bribery.Senator Mike Duffy faces 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust related to his government expense claims, and for the Can$90,172.24 ($72,155) he received from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's then chief-of-staff, Nigel Wright."I am not guilty your honor," Duffy replied in an Ottawa court after ...
Obama says would move fast to take Cuba off terrorism sponsor list WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to act quickly once he receives a State Department recommendation on whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries, a remaining obstacle to the restoration of relations between Washington and Havana.With just days to go before a hemispheric summit in Panama where Obama will come face-to-face with Cuban President Raul Castro, he offered no clear sign of how he was leaning or the timeframe for ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln