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Argentina to start 2015 with lapdogs flying high BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Cristina Fernandez chose an unexpected theme for her year-end message to the country: a change in policy at the state-run airline to allow passengers to carry their already notoriously-pampered lapdogs with them on flights.Punctuated by photographs on her Facebook page of the two-term leader sitting on presidential plane Tango 01 with her Toy Poodle Lolita, Fernandez said the perk will be shared by travelers on Aerolineas Argentinas, the country's main carrier, starting in mid January."Careful! I said only small pets," the post says. "Don't try to board with a 50 kilo mastiff.Lolita only weighs two kilos." Hand-held pooches ranging from Shih Tzu's to Pugs are a common sight at outdoor cafes and on the wide avenues of Buenos Aires, which is known as the Paris of South America for its European layout and architecture. Lapdogs are a status symbol in Argentina, dressed sometimes in fitted sweaters ...

Brazil's Rousseff names ambassador to the US as foreign minister RIO DE JANEIRO: President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday named Brazil's ambassador to the United States, Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira, as her new foreign minister ahead of her second term starting in January.Luiz swaps places with Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, who will take up the role of ambassador in Washington.Luiz has been ambassador to the United States since 2010 and was previously ambassador to Argentina.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Seven held hostage in latest Brazil prison uprising RIO DE JANEIRO: Inmates at a prison in southern Brazil on Monday took seven prison staff hostage during the latest in a series of mutinies at penitentiaries in recent months, Brazilian media reported.Officials, quoting state justice officials, said one of those detained was released Monday evening with minor injuries after the seven were taken hostage during disturbances which began mid-afternoon at Maringa prison in the southern state of Parana, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) west ...
Ecuador returning German money in environment row QUITO: Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Saturday that Quito would be giving back about $8.5 million donated by Germany last year, in an environmental row. "Go ahead, take your seven million euros. If you like, we will give you another seven million euros for training programs in respect, on sovereignty and on international law," Correa, a leftist economist by training, fumed in his weekly address.Germany had expressed disappointment in Ecuador's refusal to allow a German ...
Brazil's jobless rate edges higher in November RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's jobless rate edged higher in November and surpassed forecasts, a sign the labor market is weakening as Latin America's largest economy stagnates.Brazil's non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 4.8 percent in November from 4.7 percent in October, statistics agency IBGE said on Friday. The number was above the median forecast of 4.4 percent in a Reuters poll of 20 economists. "This understates the weakening of the job market over the past ...
Colombia's FARC rebels declare unilateral ceasefire HAVANA: Colombia's FARC guerrillas declared an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire on Wednesday in the 50-year conflict, saying they would only use weapons if they came under attack by the army.The announcement -- the third year running the leftist rebels have declared a ceasefire over the holiday season -- comes soon after peace talks with the Colombian government resumed, following a crisis triggered by the capture of an army general on November 16.Wednesday's move was noteworthy for ...
Argentina says Nov inflation eases to 1.1pc m/m BUENOS AIRES: Argentine inflation eased in November to 1.1 percent on the month, bucking expectations for the rate to hold steady, official data showed on Monday. The median forecast in a Reuters poll of economists had been for consumer prices to rise 1.2 percent, like in October. Latin America's third-largest economy has one of the world's fastest inflation rates, which some analysts say is already running close to 40 percent on a yearly basis. Many ...


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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