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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 would be moved from the prison administered by SEBIN, Venezuela's intelligence service, to a normal prison.Gonzalez was "distraught over his transfer to an ordinary prison, with highly dangerous inmates," the lawyer said.He added that Gonzalez, whose case had not yet reached trial, suffered poor health that "did not permit him to live under such conditions."The Venezuelan attorney general's office said on its website that it would investigate the circumstances surrounding Gonzalez's death.The man's daughter Lissette ...

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 ...
El Salvador votes in tight congressional poll SAN SALVADOR: El Salvador voted Sunday in tightly contested congressional elections, with leftist President Salvador Sanchez Ceren seeking broader legislative support for his efforts to fight gang violence racking the country.Since Sanchez Ceren took office in June last year, he has had to strike alliances with small right-wing parties to achieve a majority and overcome fierce opposition from conservative foe ARENA, the party his FMLN ousted from power in the 2009 elections.The FMLN and ARENA ...
Brazil beefs up police to quell trucker protest BRASILIA: The Brazilian government dispatched extra police Sunday to quell a strike by truckers opposing rising fuel and freight costs, after demonstrations turned violent.Nearing its second week, the strike has hit 11 of Brazil's 26 states. The southern regions of Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Santa Catarina have been hit especially hard.One driver was killed when he was run over during a Saturday demonstration in Rio Grande do Sul as a lorry driver opposed ...
Brazil loses 81,774 jobs in January, way more than expectations SAO PAULO: Factories, farms and services companies in Brazil shed a net 81,774 jobs in January, the labor ministry said on Friday, the latest evidence that the nation's once booming job market is rapidly losing steam. The number compared with a forecast of 20,000 net dismissals in a Reuters poll of analysts. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...


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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 $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln