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Chilean navy rescues 120 from grounded cruise ship SANTIAGO: Chile's navy rescued 120 people from a small cruise ship that ran aground Thursday near Puerto Montt in the south of the country, officials said.Most of the 89 passengers aboard the Skorpio II were foreign tourists on a sight-seeing trip, the navy said.It said the vessel ran aground shortly after leaving the port of Castro before dawn, but all aboard were evacuated without incident.The cause of the accident is under investigation, the navy said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Brazil ruling party treasurer held in Petrobras probe SAO PAULO: The treasurer of Brazil's ruling Workers' Party, Joao Vaccari Neto, was detained for questioning Thursday in a widening scandal surrounding oil giant Petrobras.A spokesman for the federal police told AFP that Vaccari was temporarily held for interrogation in a corruption probe that has drawn in a number of politicians -- including members of President Dilma Rousseff's ruling coalition."We want information on the cash donations he requested, legal or illegal, from people who had ...
Venezuela arrests pharmacy chain managers CARACAS: Two top executives at one of Venezuela's largest drugstore chains have been arrested for allegedly violating laws meant to protect consumers from shortages and runaway inflation, the government said.Pedro Luis Angarita Azpurua, president of the Farmatodo pharmacy chain, and Agustin Antonio Alvarez Costa, his vice president, are accused of "irregularities" in how they priced and stocked "essential" goods at their stores.Their understocked shelves and unstaffed cash registers, authorities said, led to long lines, and ...
Kirchner focuses on China deals amid scandal at home BEIJING: Embattled Argentine President Cristina Kirchner sought to keep the focus on a string of deals with China during a visit to Beijing Wednesday as she became embroiled deeper in a high-profile scandal at home.Kirchner met with Chinese President Xi Jinping as it emerged that Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman had drafted an arrest warrant for her before his death in mysterious circumstances.After signing 15 agreements, the pair discussed at length a series of projects the ...
Colombia's ex-president defends spy chief in wiretap scandal BOGOTA: Colombia's former president Alvaro Uribe denied Monday that his onetime intelligence chief had done anything illegal after she was flown home to face charges of spying on his political opponents.Maria del Pilar Hurtado, the former intelligence chief, was arrested Saturday after surrendering in Panama, where she had lived for more than four years under political asylum."Neither she, nor the presidency, nor did I order illegal actions," Uribe said on his Twitter account.Defending Hurtado as ...
Venezuela unveils new rules on use of deadly force at demos CARACAS: Venezuelan soldiers overseeing demonstrations can open fire if they feel their lives are at risk, says a new regulation published a year after anti-government riots left 43 people dead.The new rules released Thursday outline procedures for soldiers trying to maintain public order, going up gradually from "imposing presence" to the use of deadly force.The regulations were published days before the anniversary of the start of antigovernment riots as Venezuelans vented fury over rampant crime, ...
Brazil records 'lowest-ever' unemployment rate in 2014 ISLAMABAD: Brazil closed 2014 with an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent, its lowest on record, the country's official statistics agency, the IBGE said.December also equaled the lowest ever monthly rate of unemployment of 4.3 percent, seen in December 2013, Anadolu Agency reported Friday.Seasonal temporary contracts and fewer people seeking work due to the festive period contributed to the fall in the rate of joblessness.The annual jobless rate in 2013 was 5.4 percent. The IBGE has ...


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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