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ThursdayJuly 24, 2014

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Chinese President Returns Home After Trip to Cuba

Chinese President Returns Home After Trip to Cuba

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Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Wednesday accompanied by his Cuban counterpart and host, Raul Castro, on the last day of his official visit to the communist island.

“It’s a pleasure to come to this beautiful land,” said Xi upon his arrival in the city.

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Brazilian Court Exonerates Rousseff From Petrobras Refinery Deal

Brazilian Court Exonerates Rousseff From Petrobras Refinery Deal

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Brazil’s federal audit tribunal said Wednesday that President Dilma Rousseff bore no responsibility for state-controlled oil giant Petrobras’ ultimately disastrous acquisition of a U.S. refinery in 2006.

Rousseff, who was serving as chief of staff for then-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, sat on the Petrobras board at the time of the deal.

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Blog del Narco: Family of 5 Missing on route to Funeral in Tampico

Blog del Narco: Family of 5 Missing on route to Funeral in Tampico

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A native Monterrey family, is reported missing during their traveling from Monterrey city to Tampico, to attend a funeral.

Among the five, there are two children missing.  According to the authorities, Mr. José Andrés López Ramírez, 43; Esther his wife Hortensia Ramirez Calles 43, their children, Jessica and José Andrés López Ramírez 16 and 7 years respectively; and mother Hortensia, Gloria Ramirez Pulido 73, boarded the burgundy Ford Explorer with license plates SKW-1770 last Monday in the morning. Everyone was headed to the city of Tampico Tamaulipas to attend the wake and funeral of the mother of José Andrés. The incident was reported by Diana Bautista Ramirez who is in the city of Monterrey and Diana Herrera, which resides in Tampico, both family members of the missing persons.

According to his family, the last contact they had with them was around 18:00 pm on Monday, when they called and told them by phone that they were in a gas station in Ciudad Victoria refueling. Over a course of nearly four hours, one of his nieces tried to contact them by calling his cell phone, but the device was already off.

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Peasants, Indians March Against Energy Reforms in Mexico

Peasants, Indians March Against Energy Reforms in Mexico

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Thousands of peasants and Indians marched in Mexico City on Wednesday to protest the legislation implementing the energy industry overhaul approved in December 2013.

About 15 peasant and Indian organizations staged the protest to highlight the “danger of people being stripped of their land,” Alfonso Ramirez Cuellar, president of the El Barzon debtors’ organization, told Efe.

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Founder of Mexican Kids’ Shelter Makes Excuses For Not Noticing Abuses

Founder of Mexican Kids’ Shelter Makes Excuses For Not Noticing Abuses

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The 79-year-old founder of the La Gran Familia shelter in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, where 500 children living in squalid conditions were rescued last week, said that her age prevented her from noticing incidents of abuse and mistreatment.

“My strength was diminishing and there were things I could not keep an eye on,” Rosa del Carmen Verduzco said in an interview with the U.S. Univision network, published Wednesday by the Mexican daily El Universal.

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192 Arrested in U.S. Crackdown on Human Smuggling

As part of the U.S. Government’s aggressive campaign to respond to the recent rise in illegal migration into South Texas, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Winkowski, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Operations Division Deputy Chief Jaime Salazar, today announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the United States Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.

On June 23, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) surged personnel to the RGV as part of HSI’s efforts to target and dismantle human smuggling operations across the southwest border. Less than a month into this operation, 192 smugglers and their associates have already been arrested on criminal charges, more than 501 undocumented immigrants have been taken into custody and more than $625,000 in illicit profits have been seized from 288 bank accounts held by human smuggling and drug trafficking organizations.

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Unlicensed Gold Mine Collapses in Colombia, 2 Dead and 17 Missing

The collapse of an unlicensed, open-pit gold mine Wednesday in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca left at least two dead and 17 missing, authorities said.

Several people also were injured in the mine accident, according to Jose Victor Amu Sinisterra, the mayor of the town of Timbiqui where the mine is located.

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ThursdayJuly 24, 2014