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Viggo Mortensen Presents the Book “Hijos de la Selva” in Paraguay

American actor Viggo Mortensen presented in Paraguay the book "Hijos de la Selva" (Children of the Jungle) by Argentine anthropologists Federico Bossert and Diego Villar, a collection of the photographic legacy of German scientist Max Schmidt about the Paraguayan and Brazilian Indians. continue reading »

Spanish Foreign Aid to Focus on Providing Know-how, Experience Instead of Finances

Spain's secretary of state for International Cooperation and Ibero-America said in San Jose Friday that his country is revising its foreign aid programs to focus more on exchanging knowledge, know-how and experience and not just on providing funds. continue reading »

Brazilian, Peruvian Police Bust Drug Labs on Border

Brazilian and Peruvian police have launched a joint operation to destroy cocaine labs in the region of their shared border, Brazil's Justice Ministry said Friday. continue reading »

Riot Police Called to Remove Teachers From Mexico City Square

Mexican police cleared the main square in this capital of educators protesting the enactment of a teacher evaluation scheme they slam as "punitive." The operation was launched Friday afternoon after the thousands of teachers, members of the CNTE union, were given an ultimatum by authorities to peacefully abandon the capital's massive Zocalo plaza. continue reading »

Argentina, Brazil Work Together on Cyber Defense In Light of U.S. Spying

The governments of Argentina and Brazil agreed Friday to cooperate more closely on cyber defense in the wake of revelations that U.S. spying extended to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. continue reading »

Health Secretary Resigns Amid Deaths at Public Hospitals in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's health secretary resigned Friday amid a controversy over the death of 10 patients at a public hospital due to a bacterial infection. continue reading »

Enrique Peña Nieto Unveils $2 Billion Stimulus Program for Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday unveiled a $2 billion public works program aimed at spurring economic growth over the final months of 2013. Amid a recent economic slowdown, "we're faced with the need to accelerate public spending," he said in an event at the Los Pinos presidential palace. continue reading »

Barça’s Carles Puyol Returns to Practice With Team

FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol was back practicing Friday with the full squad, although the defenseman only participated in some of the drills. Puyol, who last played in the round of 16 of the Champions League against A.C. Milan in March, is in the final stage of his recovery from a right-knee injury that required surgery to remove a cyst. continue reading »

Marketers Hope to Target Savvy Biculturals

In Woody Allen’s 1983 movie Zelig, Leonard Zelig, the film’s protagonist, is described as the ultimate conformist. At one point in the movie the narrator says of Zelig: “The Ku Klux Klan, who saw Zelig as a Jew, that could turn himself into a Negro and an Indian, saw him as a triple threat.” continue reading »

Argentina To Improve the Buenos Aires Railroad System with IDB Support

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a conditional credit line for $1.2 billion to finance a program to improve metropolitan railroads in Argentina. The Bank also approved the first loan in the credit line for $300 million for the Plaza Constitución–La Plata branch of the General Roca Railroad, which will benefit 2.4 million people in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. continue reading »

Twitter Announces IPO Plans in Tweet

San Francisco-based microblogging service Twitter Inc. said it had begun the process for an initial public offering, a much-anticipated move in the wake of Facebook's debut on the Nasdaq last year. continue reading »

Mexican Police Arrest 3 More Suspects in Bar Kidnapping

Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the May 26 kidnapping of 13 people from a capital bar and their subsequent murder, a Mexican federal prosecutor said. continue reading »

Bolivia Refuses to Compensate Spanish Firm for Airport Takeover

Bolivian President Evo Morales said Friday that Spain's Abertis Infraestructuras SA and Aena would not be compensated for the nationalization of their Sabsa unit, which had managed the Andean nation's three largest airports. continue reading »

Spain’s Public Debt Rises to Record High $1.3 Trillion

Spain's public debt at the end of June rose to 942.8 billion euros ($1.3 trillion), equivalent to 92.2 percent of gross domestic product and a new record high, the Bank of Spain said Friday. continue reading »

Cubans Hold March Demanding Release of Spies Held in U.S.

Hundreds of people marched to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana on Thursday as part of a "yellow ribbon" appeal to Washington to release four Cuban intelligence agents held since 1998. continue reading »

Berlin Museum Hosts Picasso Exhibition Celebrating Women, Bulls

A new exhibition at Berlin's Kupferstichkabinett Museum provides visitors with a window into Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's passion for women and bulls via 180 prints, drawings, paintings and other works. continue reading »

Mexico Plans to Target Illegal Steel Imports

The Mexican government plans to create an "automatic import notification system" covering 113 tariff categories to fight illegal imports of steel products, Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said. continue reading »

Politician Killed in Machete Attack in Central Mexico

A state legislator was killed in a machete attack in Morelia, the capital of the western Mexican state of Michoacan, officials said. Osbaldo Esquivel Lucatero, a member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, was hacked to death around 3:20 p.m. Wedneday under an overpass on the Morelia-Patzcuaro highway, Michoacan Attorney General Marco Vinicio Aguilera Garibay said. continue reading »

Medellin Strives to be LatAm’s Innovation Capital

Medellin, the city in northwestern Colombia aspires to become Latin America's innovation capital by 2021. Implementing the "MedellinInnovation" campaign will entail an investment of $389 million, the municipal government said. continue reading »

12,000 Mexican Teachers Protest Education Overhaul

Some 12,000 members of the militant CNTE teachers union blocked streets in this traffic-choked capital on Wednesday to protest the enactment of what they see as a "punitive" scheme for teacher evaluation. continue reading »