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Venezuela cities including capital hit by blackout witnesses CARACAS: Venezuelan cities including the capital Caracas were hit by a blackout on Friday afternoon, Reuters witnesses said.National power company Corpoelec did not respond to phone calls seeking details about the extent of the power outage.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

US judge warns Argentina over 'illegal' payments NEW YORK: A US judge said on Friday a deposit from Argentina towards paying off restructured debt was illegal unless hedge funds holding $1.3 billion in bonds were also paid.Judge Thomas Griesa warned Buenos Aires that any further such payment attempts would put it in contempt, and said the $539 million sitting in an account of Bank of New York Mellon should be returned.He told the Republic to expedite negotiations to settle with the hedge ...
US lab 'sold indigenous blood': Ecuador QUITO: A US laboratory sold across at least eight countries blood samples taken without consent from an indigenous group, Ecuador alleged on Friday after a months-long investigation.The samples were taken from the Huaorani ethnic group of about 3,000 people who live in a corner of Ecuador's isolated Amazon basin region, it is alleged.The group is known for its unique genetic profile and immunity to disease, making it attractive to researchers.The New Jersey-based Coriell Institute for ...
Brazilian President Rousseff commends success of World Cup ISLAMABAD: Brazil's President Rousseff celebrated the success of the FIFA World Cup, which is taking place in 12 Brazilian cities and has so far not featured any major incidents.In an analogy to last year's protests, in which protesters called for 'FIFA-standard' public services as a way to say that education and healthcare needed a quality boost, President Rousseff said that the World Cup now needs to have a 'Brazil- standard'."The Cup is being a source ...
Costa Rica leader wants name off bridges, buildings SAN JOSE: Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis doesn't want his name on plaques at public works or his portrait hung in public offices.In a decree signed Wednesday, Solis prohibited his name from being used on plaques inaugurating bridges, roads and buildings, as had been the custom in previous administrations."The works are from the country and not from a government or a particular official," Solis told reporters after the decree was signed during a meeting ...
Thousands protest for housing in Sao Paulo SAO PAULO: Thousands of homeless Brazilians protested in Sao Paulo on Tuesday to demand laws legalizing their land occupations, returning to the streets during the World Cup.The Homeless Workers Movement occupied the streets in front of the business hub's city council and said they would not budge until local lawmakers meet their demands.Some brought tents and strung canopies to the council building and put down mattresses to spend the night.Organizers said at least 5,000 people ...
 Mexico should do more to ease youth migrant wave: US WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's administration said on Tuesday that Mexican cooperation was crucial for stopping children illegally crossing the border, as US lawmakers demanded Mexico and other governments take stronger action to stem the crisis.With the number of underage, unaccompanied migrants rushing to make it into the United States more than doubling in the last year, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress that Mexico and Washington must beef up cooperation to meet their "shared ...


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln