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Anti-Rousseff protests draw 1.5mn across Brazil SAO PAULO: About 1.5 million protesters hit the streets across Brazil on Sunday in a major show of anger against leftist President Dilma Rousseff, who faces crises from a faltering economy to a massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.Many called for the impeachment of Rousseff, less than six months after she was narrowly returned to power in the most bitterly fought presidential race since the end of a military dictatorship in 1985.The biggest demonstration took place in Sao Paulo, where a million people rallied -- according to police estimates -- many in the distinctive yellow and green of Brazil's national football team. The city -- South America's biggest, and Brazil's business and industrial hub -- is a stronghold of opposition to Rousseff.Peaceful demonstrations also took place in 83 cities and towns around the country, including major protests in the capital Brasilia and in Rio de Janeiro. The numbers ...

Pro-Venezuela protest to greet US negotiator in Cuba HAVANA: The US negotiator for normal diplomatic ties with Cuba was due to return to Havana on Sunday -- just as thousands rally to support close ally Venezuela in a mounting row with Washington.Roberta Jacobson, the top US diplomat for Latin America, is following up on the historic breakthrough announced in December that Cold War foes the United States and Cuba will seek to normalize relations after five decades of bad blood.Cuba, the Americas' only ...
Nearly 1 million Brazilians protest Rousseff, economic woes RIO DE JANEIRO: Close to a million demonstrators marched in cities and towns across Brazil Sunday to protest a sluggish economy, rising prices and corruption - and to call for the impeachment of leftist President Dilma Rousseff.The marches across the continent-sized country come as Brazil struggles to overcome economic and political malaise and pick up the pieces of a boom that crumbled once Rousseff took office in 2011.Now in the third month of her second ...
Alleged Venezuela protest organizer kills self in prison CARACAS: A man accused by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of helping mastermind anti-government protests in early 2014 committed suicide Friday in an intelligence service prison, authorities said.Interior Minister Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez said the body of Rodolfo Gonzalez, 63, had been found in an intelligence service cell and that he apparently had hanged himself.Gonzalez's defense attorney, Jose Vicente Haro, told AFP that Gonzalez hanged himself after becoming "distressed" in recent days when he was told he ...
Venezuelan leader closer to decree powers CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moved closer on Wednesday to ruling by decree after the legislature held a first vote that would allow him to act against "external or internal" threats to peace.Amid deteriorating relations with Washington, Maduro attended the session of the National Assembly to ask for the special legislative powers to confront perceived a US threat.His move raised concerns that he would use decrees to crack down on the opposition and curb individual ...
Colombia hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake, felt in several cities BOGOTA: A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Colombia on Tuesday, shaking buildings in several cities including the capital Bogota.The quake, with its epicenter located 17 miles south of the eastern city of Bucaramanga, was deep at 98.5 miles below ground which tends to limit the amount of damage caused.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Dengue deaths on rise in Sao Paulo SAO PAULO: Cases of dengue fever are on the rise in Sao Paulo, with a nearly eightfold increase that saw 24 people die in Brazil's most populous state so far this year, the health ministry said Friday.The mosquito-borne infectious tropical disease comes as Sao Paulo state and the southeast of the country suffer water shortages in the wake of the worst, months-long drought in living memory."In many regions, owing to a lack of water, people ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJanuary
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln