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Sao Paulo Sees 71 Percent Increase in Murders

The 170 homicides registered last month here in Brazil's largest city represents an increase of 71 percent over November 2011, the Sao Paulo state government said Friday. continue reading »

Spain Overturns Cyclists Doping Disqualification, Restores Vuelta Win

Spain's Supreme Court upheld on Friday the overturning of the doping disqualification that cost cyclist Roberto Heras his victory in the 2005 Vuelta a España. continue reading »

Venezuelan Vice President Gives Positive Update on Chavez’s Health

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is doing "well" as his doctors treat him for a respiratory infection that developed after he underwent his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, the Andean nation's vice president said Thursday. continue reading »

Petrochemical Project in Mexico Raises $3.2 Billion for Consortium

Brazilian-Mexican consortium Braskem-Idesa said it has reached a $3.2 billion financing deal for its Ethylene XXI petrochemical project in Mexico. continue reading »

Court Bans Film in Colombia After Testimony of Former Hostage

A politician and attorney who spent six years as a hostage of FARC guerrillas has convinced a court to prohibit the marketing in Colombia of "Operacion E" (Operation E), a film inspired by the story of a peasant who cared for a son she bore in captivity. continue reading »

Paulina Rubio’s Ex Limited to Supervised Visitation With Son

Mexican singer Paulina Rubio said Friday that her ex-husband, Spanish businessman Nicolas "Colate" Vallejo Nagera, can only visit their son under the "supervision of a person who cares for the child's physical and mental safety." continue reading »

Wall Collapse at Old Factory Kills 8 in Brazil

At least eight people died when the wall of an old factory undergoing restoration work collapsed in the southeastern Brazilian city of Sorocaba, officials said. continue reading »

Parents Purchasing Bulletproof Backpacks in Light of Connecticut Killings

Sales of bulletproof backpacks for children and other products like armored pants have shot up in the United States over the past few days following the massacre at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where Adam Lanza gunned down 20 youngsters and six adults. continue reading »

Amazonian Village Destroyed by Fire in Peru

A huge fire destroyed some 150 humble dwellings in a poor section of the Peruvian Amazon city of Iquitos, the police said. continue reading »

Colombia Investigating Drug Ring Within Military

Colombia's Defense Ministry has launched an investigation into drug trafficking by the military after seven soldiers - including a major - were arrested with a total of more than 100 kilos of marijuana in their possession. continue reading »

Mexico’s Unemployment Rate Climbs to 5.12 Percent, Majority Working in Service Sector

Mexico's unemployment rate stood at 5.12 percent in November, up from 4.97 percent in the same month of 2011, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Friday. continue reading »

Mexico’s Knights Templar Seeking Less Violence, Offer to Lay Down Arms

A drug-trafficking organization active in the western state of Michoacan offered to lay down its guns if Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, takes effective action to curb violent crime in the state. continue reading »

American Captive Alan Gross Celebrates Hanukkah with Cuban Jews

Leaders of Cuba's Jewish community paid a Hanukkah call on U.S. contractor Alan Gross at the Havana military hospital where the American man is serving a 15-year sentence for subversion. continue reading »

Tourists Flock to Tortuguero Monument To Celebrate Mayan Era

Curiosity seekers and tourists are planning to perform pre-Columbian rituals at the Tortuguero Monument in southeastern Mexico, where the first inscription referring to Dec. 21, 2012, as the end of a Mayan era was found. continue reading »

Spanish Royal Family Joins YouTube Community

Images of the official activities of Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, as well as Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, can now be viewed on YouTube. continue reading »

Mexican Consulate to Host Steps to College in February

Latino high school students are invited to learn about college admissions and financial aid at Steps to College 2013 in Natomas, on Feb 2nd. continue reading »

Pacific Rubiales Reaches Daily Production Goal of 280,000 Barrels in Colombia

Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales Energy said Wednesday it has reached its 2012 production target of 280,000-285,000 barrels of crude per day in Colombia despite licensing delays. continue reading »

Brand Spain Shares Spanish Culture with the World

The high commissioner for Brand Spain presented on Thursday a Web site that aims to show the best of the Iberian nation in every aspect of life. continue reading »

Mexsat System Satellite Successfully Sent into Orbit

The French company Arianespace on Wednesday successfully fired into orbit Mexico's Bicentenario satellite, the first in the Mexsat system, according to images broadcast live by the Mexican government. continue reading »

Real Madrid, Barcelona Learn Their Opponents for Knockout Phase

FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Malaga will square off against AC Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Porto, respectively, in the Champions League round of 16, whose draw was held on Thursday at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. continue reading »