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Brazil prosecutors charge ruling-party treasurer with corruption SAO PAULO: Brazilian prosecutors on Monday formally charged 27 more people in a broadening corruption scandal, including the treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party Joo Vaccari and the former head of services at state-run oil company Petrobras Renato Duque.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Bodies identified in Argentine reality TV tragedy BUENOS AIRES: Forensic experts have identified the bodies of the 10 victims killed when two helicopters filming a French reality show collided in Argentina, including three of France's top sports stars."The bodies of the eight French nationals and two Argentine pilots have been identified," the Argentine judge leading the investigation, Daniel Herrera, said Monday.The helicopters were filming an episode of "Dropped," a reality show where sports stars were taken blindfolded into inhospitable environments, when they ...
Anti-Rousseff protests draw 1.5mn across Brazil SAO PAULO: About 1.5 million protesters hit the streets across Brazil on Sunday in a major show of anger against leftist President Dilma Rousseff, who faces crises from a faltering economy to a massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.Many called for the impeachment of Rousseff, less than six months after she was narrowly returned to power in the most bitterly fought presidential race since the end of a military dictatorship in 1985.The biggest ...
Pro-Venezuela protest to greet US negotiator in Cuba HAVANA: The US negotiator for normal diplomatic ties with Cuba was due to return to Havana on Sunday -- just as thousands rally to support close ally Venezuela in a mounting row with Washington.Roberta Jacobson, the top US diplomat for Latin America, is following up on the historic breakthrough announced in December that Cold War foes the United States and Cuba will seek to normalize relations after five decades of bad blood.Cuba, the Americas' only ...
Nearly 1 million Brazilians protest Rousseff, economic woes RIO DE JANEIRO: Close to a million demonstrators marched in cities and towns across Brazil Sunday to protest a sluggish economy, rising prices and corruption - and to call for the impeachment of leftist President Dilma Rousseff.The marches across the continent-sized country come as Brazil struggles to overcome economic and political malaise and pick up the pieces of a boom that crumbled once Rousseff took office in 2011.Now in the third month of her second ...
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 ...
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 ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln