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Venezuela, Russia Strengthen Alliance with Oil Agreements

Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA has signed a series of offshore gas development and drill-rig import agreements with Russian state-controlled Rosneft, bolstering an alliance with a country that Caracas expects will be its top oil partner by 2021. continue reading »

Kobe Bryant Leads Lakers to Win Over Hornets

The Los Angeles Lakers won their third straight game thanks to another unselfish performance from Kobe Bryant, who handed out 11 assists to lead his team to a hard-fought 111-106 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. continue reading »

“Steps to College” Expects To Aid 2,500 Latino Students in California

Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez made the following announcement today on behalf of the Steps to College 2013 Steering Committee: continue reading »

BP to Pay $4.52 Billion Settlement for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

A federal judge on Tuesday accepted the agreement between BP and U.S. authorities under which the company agreed to pay $4.52 billion to settle criminal charges arising from the April 2010 crude spill in the Gulf of Mexico. continue reading »

Senate Confirms John Kerry Nomination for Secretary of State

Sen John Kerry will succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state after being confirmed Tuesday in a Senate vote. The Massachusetts Democrat, nominated by President Barack Obama in mid-December, was confirmed by a vote of 94-3. continue reading »

Hispanic National Bar Commends Bipartisan Proposal for Immigration Reform

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends the announcement by the Senate group of eight proposing a bipartisan framework for immigration reform. continue reading »

Presidents Discuss Pemex, Petrobras Oil Alliance

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff discussed forging strategic alliances between oil giants Pemex and Petrobras during a meeting at the CELAC-EU summit in Chile. continue reading »

Mexican Businessman Files Complaint Against Brother Who Allegedly Shot Him

A prominent businessman filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon in which he alleges that he was shot by his brother, officials said. continue reading »

Green Bay Packers Player Jeff Saturday to Retire

Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday announced that he planned to retire from the National Football League following Sunday's Pro Bowl. continue reading »

Spanish Authorities Discover Argentine’s Body Off of Ibiza

The body of a 27-year-old Argentine man was recovered off the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza after a boater called authorities, the Civil Guard said Sunday. continue reading »

New York Latin Culture Honors Local Leaders

New York Latin Culture, the guide to Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American New York, announced the New York Latin Culture Award honorees in a ceremony at Tous, the Spanish jewelry boutique in SoHo. continue reading »

U.S. Friar Accused of Sexually Abuse Commits Suicide

A Franciscan friar accused of sexually abusing male high school students in Pennsylvania committed suicide in the monastery where he had been kept under strict surveillance since 2000, police said Saturday. continue reading »

GOP: Latinos We Are Just Not That Into You

Last week I got a call from a Hispanic Republican activist asking what it would take to increase the Latino vote. I told her, “It’s simple, Republicans need to fund outreach grassroots initiatives, invite Latino influencers to the discussion table, create a Latino friendly policy and sell it.” continue reading »

Cuban President Raul Castro, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy Meet in Chile

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Cuban President Raul Castro met for the first time at the CELAC-EU summit in Chile, Spanish officials said. continue reading »

Shootout Between Rivaling Gangs Kills 6 in Mexico

At least six suspected criminals were killed and one other was wounded in a shootout in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, officials said. continue reading »

Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka Holds On to Australia Open Title

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has successfully defended her Australian Open title, rallying from a set down in Saturday night's final to defeat China's Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. continue reading »

Chavez in His “Best Moment” Since Operation, Venezuelan V.P. Says

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that President Hugo Chavez is in "the best moment" of the complex postoperatory process he has faced since undergoing his latest round of cancer-related surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11. continue reading »

Medellin Up Against New York, Tel Aviv for City of the Year Award

The Colombian city of Medellin is competing against New York and Tel Aviv for the title of world's most innovative, a candidacy based on a public-transport system that aims to bolster social cohesion and chip away at longstanding problems of socioeconomic inequality, violence and drug trafficking. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Party Wants to Bar Raising the U.S. Flag Without PR Flag

A legislator of the ruling Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, has introduced a bill in the Caribbean island's House of Representatives that would bar raising the U.S. flag unless the Puerto Rican flag is raised at the same time. continue reading »

Prison Riot in Venezuela Leaves 54 Dead, 80 Wounded

At least 54 people died and another 80 were wounded in a prison riot in northwestern Venezuela after authorities carried out an inspection, officials told Efe. "The information we have is that there were 54 fatalities," the director of Central Hospital in Barquisimento, Ruy Medina, in charge of handling the emergency, said. continue reading »