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Blog Entries by HS News Staff

Nadal Says He’s Ready for China Open

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who has been out of action since Wimbledon due to an ailing right wrist, told the media here Saturday that he is "much better" and ready for next week's China Open. continue reading »

Catalonia Calls Independence Referendum in Spain

The head of Spain's northeastern autonomous community of Catalonia, Artur Mas, on Saturday signed a decree calling an independence referendum for Nov. 9, although the national government in Madrid vowed to challenge the planned vote before the Constitutional Court. continue reading »

U.S. Judge Allows Citibank to Process Payment to Argentina’s Bondholders

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Griesa has granted a stay in a long-running debt case that allows Citibank to process a payment by Argentina to holders of restructured local-law government bonds, although he set another hearing in 30 days so holdout hedge funds can seek to reverse the decision and block future payments. continue reading »

U.S. Continues to Oppose Cuba Attending Americas Summit

The United States reaffirmed Friday its opposition to Cuba's participation in the Americas Summit, on grounds that only "democratic" countries should attend, but did not specify whether it would skip the regional conference if Panama goes forward with its intention to invite the Cuban government. continue reading »

Cuban Baseball Player Hector Olivera Defects

Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera, who has played on several occasions for the national team, left the island illegally and may have made a provisional stop in Haiti, state-run media confirmed Friday. continue reading »

FIFA Keeps the Lid on Qatar 2022 World Cup Report

FIFA's legal director said Friday that a report on the controversial selection processes that awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively, will remain confidential in order to guarantee the privacy of sources. continue reading »

Border Patrol Agent Accused of Assaulting Migrant Teen

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been formally accused of assaulting a 15-year-old migrant detained in southern Arizona, authorities said Friday. continue reading »

Spain Projects GDP to Grow 2 Percent in 2015

The Spanish government expects a 2 percent rise in gross domestic product for 2015 and an easing of the unemployment rate to 22.9 percent, according to the draft budget approved by the Cabinet on Friday. continue reading »

Strong Latina Runs for Congress One of the Poorest Districts

Amanda Renteria, a self-made Latino woman, is the Democratic candidate for California's 21st Congressional District, one of the country's poorest, a situation that "can only change if Washington passes immigration reform," she told Efe in an interview. continue reading »

Bolivia Natgas Liquefaction Plant in Inaugurated

Bolivia on Friday inaugurated a natural gas liquefaction plant built by Spanish companies Sener Ingenieria y Sistemas S.A. and Ros Roca Indox Cryo Energy to supply the domestic market. continue reading »

Brazilian Operation Nabs 26 Linked to Bolivian Drug Traffickers

Twenty-six people were arrested in an operation targeting a gang with ties to drug traffickers in neighboring Bolivia, Brazilian police said Friday. continue reading »

8 Soldiers Taken Into Custody Over Killings in Central Mexico

Eight soldiers have been taken into military custody over their alleged involvement in the deaths of 22 civilians on June 30, Mexico's Defense Secretariat said Friday. continue reading »

Hurricane Odile Caused Estimated $224 Million In Damages

Hurricane Odile caused an 3 billion pesos ($224 million) in damage when it slammed into the western state of Baja California Sur last week, Mexico's AMIS insurers association said. continue reading »

Argentina Defends Collecting Air Passengers’ Data

The Argentine government defended Friday the centralizing of information about air passengers, a measure being taken for security reasons, and denied any increase in controls on trips abroad. continue reading »

Rapist Sentenced to 106 Years in Prison in Brazil

A court in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraiba sentenced Friday to 106 years in prison the ringleader of a group of youths who raped five women at a party and killed two of them. continue reading »