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Ferguson police officer says he has 'clean conscience' FERGUSON: The white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in the riot-hit US town of Ferguson said Tuesday he has a "clean conscience" and would do the same thing again.Darren Wilson said he feared for his life before he drew his gun -- the first time he had used his firearm on the job -- before opening fire, killing 18-year-old Michael Brown. "The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right," Wilson told ABC News, speaking publicly for the first time since the August 9 shooting."I don't think it's haunting. It's always going to be something that happened." When asked if it would have ended the same way if Brown was white, Wilson answered: "Yes... no question."He described Brown as a "powerful man," comparing him to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan."He charged me, he was going to kill me," he said. ...

Americans are smoking less than ever WASHINGTON: The percentage of Americans who are smokers has fallen to an all-time low, now representing just 17.8 percent of the population, a study released Tuesday found.US health officials said the percentage of Americans who are smokers has fallen to the lowest level since 1965, when they began keeping records.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the number of American adults smokers fell from 45.1 million in 2005, or 20.9 percent of the ...
Federal charges still possible in Ferguson case WASHINGTON: After a Missouri grand jury did not charge a white police officer with any crime in the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown, his family and supporters are pinning their hopes on federal charges.The Justice Department quickly opened its own investigations in the wake of the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, who was unarmed, by Officer Darren Wilson in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson.One arm of the probe is to determine ...
In Ferguson, blacks say racial bias is fact of life FERGUSON: When Sean Jackson became a father, he says he knew he needed to teach his son how to interact with police so as to avoid arrest -- or worse. Such is the life of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri.Ferguson is at boiling point over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager, and African Americans here are furious over police brutality, racism and what ...
Mexico leader forced into action over 43 missing MEXICO CITY: Two months after 43 students vanished in the night, change is afoot in Mexico: Protests have swept the nation, sounding a wake-up call for the president to finally tackle corruption and police brutality.Facing the biggest crisis of his two-year-old administration, President Enrique Pena Nieto will announce Thursday a new strategy to tackle the country's disfunctional justice system.The national soul-searching began in September after police in the southern state of Guerrero attacked busloads of ...
Ferguson: July heard new narrative of teen's shooting FERGUSON: Black teen Michael Brown was fatally shot by policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, after an altercation at the side of the officer's car and 12 gunshots, a prosecutor said Monday.After announcing that a grand jury would not indict Wilson in the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teen, St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough said the jurors had heard previously unreleased testimony.After Wilson, in his car, identified Brown as a potential suspect ...
Mexicans occupy prosecutor's office in 43 missing case CHILPANCINGO: Hundreds of protesters stormed a federal prosecutor's office in southern Mexico Monday in the latest demonstration against the government's handling of the apparent slaughter of 43 students.Some 300 people, some wearing masks, occupied the building in the Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo for around four hours, a state security official told AFP.Nearly all staff left the attorney general's office during the occupation, the official said on condition of anonymity. The protesters spray-painted "43 are missing" ...


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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