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Cuban Economy is Dependent on Growing Tourism Sector

Cash-strapped Cuba is looking to further boost its long-vital tourism sector, the crown jewel of which the famed resort town, Varadero, is located 138 kilometers (85 miles) east of Havana. continue reading »

UNESCO Director Visits Nicaraguan Biosphere Reserves

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova inspected two of the three biosphere reserves in Nicaragua to get a firsthand look at their condition, first lady Rosario Murillo said. continue reading »

Top 5 Countries With Highest First-Day Infant Deaths in LatAm

A recent study shed light on the number of infants who die on their first day. Save the Children ranked nearly all countries on the number of deaths per 1,000 births. Internationally, the highest infant mortality rate was Tanzania with 9 deaths for every 1,000 births and the lowest death rate was Luxembourg with less that 0.5 deaths per 1,000 births. continue reading »

Mexican Woman Arrested For Migrant Smuggling

A woman was arrested while trying to smuggle eight undocumented Honduran minors into the United States, Mexico's INM immigration agency said Wednesday. continue reading »

Miguel Bose to be Honored as Latin Grammys Person of the Year

The Latin Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Miguel Bose will be honored at the next Latin Grammy gala as 2013 Person of the Year for "his philanthropic and professional accomplishments." continue reading »

Small Business Loan Interest Rates Cut in Brazil

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced here Monday a reduction in the interest rate on public loans for owners of small businesses from 8.0 percent to 5.0 percent. continue reading »

Colombian Army Kills 7 FARC Rebels

Army troops killed seven FARC guerrillas and captured an eighth in fighting in southwestern Colombia over the weekend, a high-level military commander said. The dead guerrillas belonged to the 29th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Southwestern Joint Command chief Gen. Leonardo Barrero Gordillo told Efe. continue reading »

Four Colombian Cities Receive IDB Plans for Urban Growth

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the completion of action plans for the Colombian cities of Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Manizales, and Pereira, providing them with powerful tools to prioritize their investments over the next decade. continue reading »

Real Madrid President Pleads for Unity Amongst Coaches, Players

The president of Real Madrid soccer club appealed for unity Monday amid public squabbling between players and the coaching staff. Florentino Perez took the opportunity of a previously scheduled event at the club's Santiago Bernabeu stadium to send a message to manager Jose Mourinho, his assistants and the players. continue reading »

Top 5 Fastest Growing Cities Among Hispanics

While Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami and Chicago have the largest shares of the Latino population, a recent study shows that Hispanics are moving to newer regions of the United States. continue reading »

Record Grain Harvest Highlights Brazil’s Infrastructure Issues

Brazil is expected to have another record grain harvest in 2013, according to forecasts, but the South American country's agricultural success is being tempered by the problems caused by limited infrastructure for handling its bumper crops. continue reading »

Spanish Foreign Minister Attends Flag Ceremony in Miami

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo attended a flag ceremony on board the Spanish navy training vessel Juan Sebastian Elcano in Miami on Sunday. continue reading »

California Firefighters Have Controlled 60 Percent of Fire

The fire that has consumed more than 11,000 hectares (27,500 acres) north of Los Angeles since late last week has been 60 percent brought under control, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Sunday. continue reading »

Peasants Discover 6 Bodies Mass Grave in Mexico

Peasants found a mass grave containing six mutilated bodies outside Tingambato, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, state officials said. The remains of the victims, three of whom had their hands cut off and one who had an arm hacked off, were discovered on Saturday, the Michoacan Attorney General's Office said. continue reading »

Peruvian Socialist Party Founder Dies, Age 65

Peruvian leftist politician Javier Diez Canseco, a lawmaker and founder of the Peruvian Socialist Party, or PSP, has died of cancer, from which he had been suffering for several months, Congresswoman Rosa Mavila said. He was 65. continue reading »

Sons of Journalists Murdered in Northern Mexico

The sons of two journalists were murdered by gunmen early Sunday in Chihuahua city, the capital of the like-named northern Mexican state, officials said. continue reading »

Spanish Business Leaders to Guide Small Firms Expanding Abroad

Spain's CEOE business confederation has created a corporation - CEOE Internacional - whose aim is to place at the disposal of small and medium businesses the means to do business abroad, something the organization considers necessary to help overcome the country's economic crisis, officials said. continue reading »

In-Edit Music Documentary Festival Takes Place in Brazil

The Brazilian edition of the International Music Documentary Festival, or In-Edit, got underway in Sao Paulo with the screening at six theaters of 58 films from 20 countries. continue reading »

Audi Breaks Ground on Plant Bringing 3,800 Jobs to Mexico

Audi executives and Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo laid the cornerstone for the German automaker's new plant in Mexico, the Economy Secretariat said in a statement. continue reading »

Obama Says Private Sector is Key to Central American Development

U.S. President Barack Obama noted Saturday the private sector's enormous potential for Central American development, and urged a combination in the region of good government and a free market. continue reading »