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Venezuela unveils new rules on use of deadly force at demos CARACAS: Venezuelan soldiers overseeing demonstrations can open fire if they feel their lives are at risk, says a new regulation published a year after anti-government riots left 43 people dead.The new rules released Thursday outline procedures for soldiers trying to maintain public order, going up gradually from "imposing presence" to the use of deadly force.The regulations were published days before the anniversary of the start of antigovernment riots as Venezuelans vented fury over rampant crime, runaway inflation, corruption and shortages of basic goods in the country with the world's largest proven oil reserves. Those months of unrest, mainly in Caracas and the city of San Cristobol, generally ended in clashes between hooded demonstrators throwing Molotov cocktails at police who answered with tear gas, water cannon and in some cases rubber bullets.The new rules were quickly met with criticism."One can never leave to the discretion of a government official, and even ...

Brazil records 'lowest-ever' unemployment rate in 2014 ISLAMABAD: Brazil closed 2014 with an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent, its lowest on record, the country's official statistics agency, the IBGE said.December also equaled the lowest ever monthly rate of unemployment of 4.3 percent, seen in December 2013, Anadolu Agency reported Friday.Seasonal temporary contracts and fewer people seeking work due to the festive period contributed to the fall in the rate of joblessness.The annual jobless rate in 2013 was 5.4 percent. The IBGE has ...
FARC says army attacks put Colombia peace at risk HAVANA: The FARC guerrilla group warned Tuesday that army attacks have resulted in 20 deaths since a unilateral rebel ceasefire went into effect last month, putting peace talks in jeopardy.The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, accused "war-mongering sectors" of seeking to sabotage the one-sided truce, and said the attacks were making the rebels' decision to halt offensive operations increasingly unsustainable.President Juan Manuel Santos has acknowledged that the FARC has held to the unilateral ...
Costa Rica court acquits 7 in turtle activist's murder LIMON: A Costa Rican court acquitted seven men Monday accused in the brutal murder of environmentalist Jairo Mora and the rape of four volunteers who worked with him to protect sea turtles.The court in the coastal city of Limon, about 170 kilometers (100 miles) east of the capital, acquitted the men for lack of evidence of their involvement in the 2013 killing of Mora by masked men while he was protecting nests of leatherback turtles ...
Brazil sheds 555,508 jobs in December BRASILIA: Brazil's economy shed 555,508 net payroll jobs in December, in line with market forecasts, the Labor Ministry said on Friday. Latin America's largest economy was expected to have lost 500,000 payroll jobs in December, according to the median forecast of 11 economists. December is usually a month of net job losses in Brazil as companies from manufacturers to builders and retailers adjust their payrolls. In 2014, Brazil's economy added just 152,714 jobs, excluding seasonal ...
Brazil barely adds jobs in 2014 in worst year since 1999 FLORIANOPOLIS: Brazil's economy barely added jobs in 2014, government data showed on Friday, with job creation slowing to the worst pace in 15 years as investment plunged. Excluding seasonal adjustments, Brazilian companies created a net 152,714 payroll jobs in 2014, the Labor Ministry said.That was the smallest number since 1999 and a far cry from official forecasts for up to 1.5 million new jobs last year. In December, usually a month of job losses as ...
Bolivia's Morales swears in new cabinet LA PAZ: Bolivia's President Evo Morales swore in a new cabinet Friday, one day after he was sworn in to a third term likely to be shaped by the impact of falling oil prices.Morales kept on two ministers who have been with him since he first came to power in 2006, Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, and Economy Minister Luis Arce.The 55-year-old former coca-grower presided over an economic boom during his first two terms, reaping the ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln