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Bolivian villagers ban booze, set curfew over crimes LA ASUNTA: The police car lights flashed in the dark and dusty streets of the Bolivian mountain village of La Asunta. The officers approached two boys and told them: "Go home, there's a curfew."But it's not the authorities who decided to order minors to stay home at night and prohibit alcohol consumption in La Asunta, a coca-growing community of 2,000 people beset by a spasm of crime.It was the villagers themselves.They demanded the strict measures following the rape of an 11-year-old girl in May by a drunken man.An 18-year-old suspect from a neighboring region has been detained.The townspeople were already tired of the drug trafficking and car-running going through the area, but the girl's rape was the last straw."I found my daughter bleeding," the girl's father, construction worker Edmundo Luna, told AFP. "We demand justice, because the police asked us for money" to continue the investigation.Villagers say the suspect was ...

Brazil lawmakers narrowly reject criminal age reduction BRASÍLIA: Brazilian lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposed constitutional change early Wednesday that would have reduced the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 years of age.The Chamber of Deputies was five votes short of passing the proposal to the Senate: 303 lawmakers voted for the reduction of the 308 required, while 184 legislators were in opposition.The measure was opposed by President Dilma Rousseff's leftist's government, the Catholic Church, human rights groups and the United ...
Brazil's Rousseff expresses confidence in Obama in wake of NSA scandal WASHINGTON: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday she had confidence in her US counterpart Barack Obama, laying to rest a scandal over US intelligence monitoring of her telephone calls and those of millions of other Brazilians."Since then, some things have changed and the change is particularly due to the fact that President Obama and the US government have stated on several occasions that they would no longer engage in intrusive acts of spying on friendly ...
Brazil's Rousseff begins US visit NEW YORK: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff was to meet Sunday with investors in New York on the first day of a long-delayed US visit aimed at overcoming strains caused by the NSA spying scandal.Revelations two years ago that the US National Security Agency electronically eavesdropped on Rousseff's email and other communications prompted her to angrily call off an official visit to Washington that had been set for October 2013.The White House has expressed hope that ...
Brazil's jobless rate rises for fifth month in May RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose in May to 6.7 percent, the highest since 2010, statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday. The number was slightly above the median forecast of 6.6 percent in a Reuters poll of 27 economists. The jobless rate stood at 6.4 percent in April. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
FARC rebels kill four and rupture Colombian pipeline BOGOTA: Colombia's FARC rebels killed four soldiers and wounded six others in an attack in the northeast of the country on Monday, officials said, as the Marxist group steps up attacks amid unraveling peace talks.The insurgents attacked soldiers guarding a pipeline in the Norte de Santander district which borders Venezuela.A military Black Hawk helicopter flying over the region to protect oil infrastructure also exploded after triggering a mine while landing, officials said.Meanwhile, another attack by ...
US, Venezuela in 'positive' talks in Haiti WASHINGTON: The United States and Venezuela, which have had highly strained relations for more than a decade, held a "positive" diplomatic meeting over the weekend in Haiti, the State Department said Monday.National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello, regarded as Venezuela's second most powerful man, and US State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon met Saturday in Port-au-Prince."The talks touched all elements of our bilateral relationship.They were positive and productive," said Jeffrey Rathke, a State Department spokesman.Cabello himself said ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln