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Blog Entries by HS News Staff

Pope Francis Communicates with His 13 Million Twitter Followers

Pope Francis's official Twitter account (@pontifex) has reached 13 million followers in nine languages. The pontiff has 13,005,370 followers on the social-networking site, with the majority of them in Spanish. continue reading »

Hundreds of Peruvians Block Roads to Protest Limitations of Fuel-Sales

Hundreds of people blocked roads Tuesday in the southern region of Madre de Dios to protest the Peruvian government's imposition of controls on fuel distribution as part of authorities' battle against drug trafficking and illegal mining. continue reading »

Colombian Police Seize 3 Tons of Liquid Cocaine

Colombian police on Tuesday seized 2,877 kilos (6,337 lbs.) of liquid cocaine discovered in the Caribbean port of Cartagena, where seven tons of the drug in solid form were confiscated a week ago. continue reading »

Nissan Unveils New Complex in Southern Brazil

Nissan's top executives came to the southeastern Brazilian city of Resende on Tuesday to inaugurate a complex designed to turn out 200,000 vehicles and engines per year. continue reading »

Barack Obama Will Not Use Executive Orders to Stop Deportations

President Barack Obama does not wish to use any executive order to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants, considering it would damaged efforts to pass immigration reform, religious leaders said after a meeting at the White House. continue reading »

NGO Reports Gunmen Threaten Indians in Brazil

A group of Guarani Indians that two months ago occupied ancestral lands in the southern Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul is being threatened by gunmen working for big landowners, Survival International said Tuesday. continue reading »

Mexican Vigilantes Strike Deal with Government

The leaders of the community self-defense groups in 20 cities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan have reached an agreement with federal officials to begin demobilizing, officials said. continue reading »

Separate Shootouts throughout Veracruz Leaves 4 People Dead

At least four suspected criminals died in separate shootouts with police in the port city of Veracruz, Mexican officials said Tuesday. continue reading »

Paraguayan Authorities Take Down Major International Drug Trafficking Ring

Paraguayan police, in coordination with authorities in Israel and Brazil, took down an organization that was smuggling cocaine to the Middle East and Africa, Paraguay's Senad counternarcotics agency said Tuesday. continue reading »

FARC Guerrillas Blow Up Highway Conneting Colombia and Ecuador

Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas blew up a portion of the main road linking their country with neighboring Ecuador, authorities said Tuesday. continue reading »

Cuban Government Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an "exceptional" measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. continue reading »

Students Unhappy about Proposed Budget Cuts at Universtiy of Puerto Rico

The student government at the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico has requested a meeting with the island's government about a possible budget cut at UPR. continue reading »

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Urges President to Halt Deportations

The Obama administration should change its deportation policy to protect undocumented immigrants who have family members who are U.S. citizens, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro says. continue reading »

REPORT: 39 Percent of all Brazilian Children Obese or Overweight

Thirty-nine percent of Brazilian children are either obese or overweight, a 1,000 percent increase over the past 40 years, Brazilian researcher and physician Victor Rodriguez Matsudo, one of the authors of the International Study of Child Obesity being carried out in several countries, said Monday. continue reading »

2,200 Homes Destroyed in Massive Fire in Valparaiso Chile

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet promised on Monday to rebuild "with all the resources necessary" the Pacific port city of Valparaiso, which was devastated by a huge and still active fire that has killed 13 people and destroyed 2,200 homes. continue reading »