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Brazil President Rousseff trailing in latest poll RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil President Dilma Rousseff narrowly trailed challenger Aecio Neves in latest opinion polls ahead of their October 26 election showdown, a survey showed Thursday.Neves, who upset predictions to eliminate environmentalist and early front-runner Marina Silva in Sunday's first round, was polling 46 percent to 44 for Rousseff, according to polls for Ibope and Datafolha institutes for Globo television and Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.The two percent margin of error left the candidates in a technical dead heat on a sample of 3,010 voters interviewed on October 7 and 8.Six percent of voters said they would spoil their ballots and another four percent were still undecided.Rousseff, of the Workers Party which has been in power since 2003, topped Sunday's first round with 44 percent to 33.6 for Neves but the latter is the first candidate to move in front ahead of a run-off starting from second place since ...

Beaten Silva party backs Brazil challenger Neves BRASILIA: The party of beaten Brazil presidential candidate Marina Silva said Wednesday it is backing Social Democrat challenger Aecio Neves in his run-off battle against incumbent Dilma Rousseff.The national executive committee of Silva's Socialist Party (PSB) cast 21 votes in favor of Neves against one for Rousseff and seven for a neutral stance during a meeting in Brasilia, party official Vera Canfran saidEarlier reports had suggested the PSB, a former ally of Rousseff's Workers Party ...
For Colombia's Wiwa, revered lightning takes deadly toll KEMAKüMAQUE: Deep in northern Colombia's mountains, an isolated community of indigenous Wiwa people struggled Tuesday to comprehend why 11 of their own were struck dead by a bolt of lightning during a tribal ceremony."We're trying to recover our spirits, because this was a big shock to our community. That nature would treat us this way -- we are in mourning," Lorenzo Gil, a Wiwa member told AFP.Lightning is both feared and revered by the Wiwa, ...
Brazil presidential, legislative polls open RIO DE JANEIRO: More than 142 million Brazilians went to the polls Sunday in presidential and legislative elections to cap a dramatic campaign.Leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff was expected to top the presidential poll but fail to secure the 50 percent necessary to avoid a run-off vote on October 26 against either social democrat Aecio Neves or environmentalist Marina Silva.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Brazil votes for next president after dramatic campaign RIO DE JANEIRO: After a topsy-turvy campaign, Brazil votes in presidential elections Sunday, with incumbent Dilma Rousseff headed for a likely runoff against one of two challengers promising very different brands of change.The telenovela-like drama of the race -- a candidate's death in a fiery plane crash, a poor maid's rise to the cusp of the presidency, a seedy oil scandal -- continued down to the wire.On the eve of the vote, Marina Silva, the ...
Brazil deploys 400,000 police, troops for poll RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil is deploying more than 400,000 security personnel, including 30,000 military, for Sunday's presidential and general elections, the country's Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said Saturday.The TSE told broadcaster Globo it had authorized the deployment of troops in 254 municipalities in 11 of Brazil's 27 federal states, including Rio, scene of urban violence across the week which claimed at least five lives, and Amazonia.During the last elections in 2010, the TSE authorized the ...
Brazil primed for closest election in decades RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's presidential elections on Sunday are likely to be the closest in a generation, but polls suggest leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff will secure a second term after a run-off.Rousseff, who was jailed and tortured as a dissident under the 1964-85 military dictatorship, has over the past month steadily risen in polls that now forecast her winning an October 26 second-round contest.The second half of August saw the 66-year-old playing catch-up after environmentalist-evangelist ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln