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Brazil prison riot ends with five dead CASCAVEL: Rioting inmates who took over most of a prison in Brazil killed five fellow prisoners, beheading at least two of them, before ending the uprising early Tuesday and releasing two hostage guards.The riot, which erupted Sunday, ended after authorities reached a deal with the prisoners to transfer 850 inmates to other jails from the prison in Cascavel in the southern state of Parana.Five prisoners were killed and 25 wounded in the violence, said Elson Faxina, a spokesman for the Parana state attorney's office."Eight of the wounded are in serious condition and were taken to hospital," he told AFP."Early this morning (the rioters) also released the two hostage penitentiary agents after 850 prisoners were transferred to other jails."After the transfers, the facility now holds less than 300 inmates. The riot erupted Sunday morning as breakfast was being served.Inmates overpowered their guards and took two of them hostage, seizing 80 percent ...

Ebola ruled out in Bolivia case LA PAZ: Health authorities here said on Tuesday they had ruled out Ebola in a traveler from India who arrived ill at Bolivia's Santa Cruz international airport.The Health Ministry said the man, who was not identified, underwent medical examinations and doctors concluded his symptoms "were not compatible with those of the Ebola disease."Just 10 days ago the ministry set rules on early detection of potentially infected people in South America's poorest nation.The man arrived Saturday ...
Peru Congress narrowly OKs Humala's new cabinet on third vote LIMA: Peru's Congress narrowly ratified President Ollanta Humala's embattled cabinet on Tuesday after the ruling party offered to suspend a rule requiring independent workers to pay into a pension program.Humala secured scarcely enough support for his sixth cabinet in three years with 55 votes. Fifty-four lawmakers voted against his cabinet and nine abstained.The vote was the third after a majority of lawmakers balked at the cabinet's ratification last week, part of a bid to pressure ...
Quake rocks California wine country, dozens injured NAPA: A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early on Sunday, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.The quake, the biggest in the region in 25 years, jolted many residents out of bed when it hit at 3:20 a.m. (1020 GMT). It was centered 6 miles (10 km) south of the city of Napa.There were no ...
Ecuador seizes 7.8 tons of liquid drugs bound for Spain QUITO: Ecuador authorities seized 7.8 tons of liquid drugs, likely a form of cocaine, disguised as "disinfectant" due to be shipped to Spain, authorities said Saturday.The operation on Friday in the port city of Guayaquil, in south-eastern Ecuador, also netted three arrests, including one foreigner, who were ordered jailed, said the prosecutor's office in a post to their Twitter page. The liquid, which authorities said was liquid cocaine hydrochloride, was declared to authorities as a ...
Venezuela to fight food smugglers with fingerprint scans CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced plans to introduce fingerprint scanners at supermarkets in a bid to stop food smugglers he blames for the crippling shortages gripping the country.Price controls in Venezuela keep food and other basic goods up to 10 times cheaper than in neighboring countries, and Maduro blames the shortages on smugglers who buy cheap products and sell them for large profits across the border, particularly in Colombia.Under the new system, the ...
Brazil Socialists pick new candidate, target Rousseff BRASILIA: Brazil's Socialist party named popular environmentalist Marina Silva its presidential candidate Wednesday, reshaping the political landscape after her late running mate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash last week.Campos's death has radically transformed the outlook for the October vote, possibly setting up Silva, his former vice presidential candidate, to unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in a runoff, according to the latest poll."I will give the best I have in me," said Silva, a 56-year-old ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln