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Rights board says Venezuela dissidents' lives 'in danger' WASHINGTON: A regional rights body urged Venezuela on Monday to implement cautionary measures for jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and another detainee, saying their lives are at risk.The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is part of the Organization of American States, can request such measures in a bid to prevent what it describes as permanent damage to individuals.Lopez has been charged with inciting deadly violence against President Nicolas Maduro's government. Fellow detainee Daniel Ceballos is a former student leader and ex-mayor of San Cristobal, in Tachira state.Keeping them in their current conditions is a human rights violation and puts their lives and mental well-being at risk, the commission said.Lopez, held at the Ramo Verde military prison outside Caracas, has been on trial since July 24, accused of inciting violence by having advocated public protests as a means to pressure Maduro to resign.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Argentina's Kirchner in Russia to press nuclear, trade deals BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit Russia's Vladimir Putin Wednesday and Thursday to follow up on nuclear and trade deals the countries signed last year and cultivate a budding relationship.Putin extended the invitation during a stop last July in Buenos Aires, where Russian and Argentine officials signed a raft of deals on trade, military cooperation, communications and energy projects.Kirchner's visit comes as the countries mark 130 years of diplomatic relations. But the relationship ...
Two suspected FARC fighters killed in Colombia BOGOTA: Two suspected FARC guerrillas have been killed in central Colombia, officials said, days after President Juan Manuel Santos lifted a suspension of air strikes on the Marxist rebels.Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said the two suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died in an operation to destroy an explosives factory on Saturday in the Vistahermosa region.The action came three days after Santos ordered the resumption of bombardments against the FARC. ...
FARC kill 10 Colombian soldiers in pre-dawn attack BOGOTA: Suspected FARC guerrillas killed 10 soldiers and injured 20 others in a pre-dawn attack in western Colombia on Wednesday prompting President Juan Manuel Santos to order a resumption of air strikes against the rebels.The attack in a remote mountainous area in Cauca province was one of the deadliest since the government opened peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana in November 2012."I have ordered the armed forces to ignore ...
Brazil police clash with evicted squatters in central Rio RIO DE JANEIRO: Police clashed with illegal squatters at an abandoned building in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday, using pepper spray and arresting several people as some of the 300 occupants refused to leave the property.Police surrounded the building, where several children were staying, in one on Rio's most affluent areas on Rui Barbosa Avenue, as they demanded that the squatters leave, an AFP reporter said. The 20-story building, across from the famous Sugarloaf mountain in ...
Argentina summons British envoy over reported spying BUENOS AIRES: Argentina said Thursday it summoned the British ambassador over media reports that London spied on the South American country to block its efforts to win sovereignty over the Falkland Islands."Actions of this sort violate the right to privacy," Argentina's Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zuain told British Ambassador John Freeman, according to a foreign ministry statement.Argentine news portal TN reported last week that documents leaked by fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden showed that ...
Protester releases mice at Brazil graft hearing BRASÍLIA: A hearing into a massive graft scandal at Brazil's state oil firm Petrobras was interrupted Thursday when a protester unleashed a mischief of mice on proceedings, sparking chaos at Congress. Several mice were released by an unknown suspect in the middle of the hearing, interrupting a statement by ruling Workers Party treasurer Joao Vaccari Neto. The small brown rodents created brief chaos among journalists and politicians attending the hearing as they scampered across the ...


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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
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln