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Two roads partially blocked in Brazil as truck protest falters SAO PAULO: Truckers in Brazil partially blocked two federal roads at four points in the top soybean growing state of Mato Grosso on Monday, the federal highway police said. The protest has never blocked more than 20 points on federal highways since it started on Thursday. Traffic was stopped at more than 100 points at times during a two-week strike in late February. The drivers have been in talks with the government and freight companies since March but failed to get a commitment on their main demands of fixed pay rates and lower fuel prices. Brazil is in the final days of a record soybean harvest, and global traders and futures markets have kept a close watch on the strike for any signs of disruptions to supplies of sugar, coffee, soybeans, beef and orange juice. Some analysts say drivers have fewer incentives to stop work and protest now because freight ...

Flights disrupted as Chile volcano spews more ash PUERTO VARAS: Ash from Chile's spewing Calbuco volcano threatened Saturday to spell travel misery in the region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities.A sleeping giant for more than 50 years, the volcano sprang to life in spectacular bursts of ash and lava Wednesday and Thursday, forcing 6,500 people living nearby to evacuate and blanketed southern Chile in suffocating volcanic debris.It coughed out more fire and ash ...
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 ...
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 ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln