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FridayDecember 30, 2011

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Colombian Mudslide Claims Three: Two Children and Elderly Man

Colombian Mudslide Claims Three: Two Children and Elderly Man

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A mudslide took the lives of two children and an elderly man on Friday in a rural area of the west-central province of Caldas, bringing to 185 the number of people killed in the current rainy season, the Colombian Red Cross said.

The victims were living in a peasant dwelling that was buried under the mudslide, CRC executive Cesar Urueña told Efe.

The tragedy occurred in Jardines, a mountain hamlet in Caldas, which has been one of the 11 provinces hit hardest by the rainy season that began in September.

Urueña said that the two children ages 6 and 11 and an 81-year-old man were fatally buried under the mudslide, but that the mother of the youngsters survived with injuries.

The CRC executive said that with these three fatalities the number of deaths in rain-related incidents since Sept. 1 has risen to 185.

Most of the deaths - 135 - were caused by mudslides, while the other 40 were drowned in floods.

At the same time, 138 people were injured and 22 are missing.

Colombia’s weather service expects the rains to start winding down next month.

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Drunken TV Reporter Sends 1,500 Colombian Cops on Wild Goose Chase

Drunken TV Reporter Sends 1,500 Colombian Cops on Wild Goose Chase

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A Colombian television reporter found herself in hot water after contacting police about an abduction that never happened, the press said Wednesday.

The incident began in the wee hours of Wednesday, when Karen Gamba climbed into a Bogota taxi and began sending text messages to her friend, police Col. Diego Hernandez, alerting him to an “express kidnapping,” in which the victim is driven around and forced to withdraw cash from ATMs.

Gamba’s messages spurred police commanders to deploy 1,500 officers and enlist some 17,000 taxi drivers in a search for the ostensible victim.

The giant mobilization came to a halt when a highly intoxicated Gamba was found safe and sound at her home, Col. Hernandez told the media.

In the meantime, however, the unwitting cabbie who was driving Gamba was briefly detained.

Gamba denied having mounted a hoax, telling the media that she was only trying to inform police about a discrepancy between the taxi’s registration number and the information on the driver’s identification card, displayed inside the vehicle.

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Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Suggesting U.S. Gave Latin American Leaders Cancer

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Suggesting U.S. Gave Latin American Leaders Cancer

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President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez has suggested that the U.S. government is giving world leaders cancer.

It would appear that after hearing of the Argentine president’s cancer diagnosis, Chavez is under the impression that the United States has secret technology that it may be using to give cancer to world leaders such as himself, though CNN reports that he said he doesn’t want to “make any reckless accusations.”

Though the number of Latin American leaders having been diagnosed with cancer in recent years is oddly high, there does not appear to be any evidence that a plan is being carried out by the U.S. government. He noted that it was only recently discovered that in the late 1940s Guatemalans were intentionally given syphilis by the U.S. as part of human experiments, so he says it stands to reason that in another 60 years everyone could discover the U.S. was behind some sort of cancer plot being

Earlier this year, Chavez underwent cancer treatment in Cuba. Other Latin American leaders battling or having battled cancer are Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo, and Brazil’s current and previous presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva.

Thursday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department told reporters that what Chavez is suggesting is “horrific and reprehensible.”

Chavez’s claims come just weeks after evidence was revealed linking Venezuela and Iran to a proposed cyberplot against U.S. government websites.

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A Quick Hello & Now Adios to Verizon’s $2 Online Fee

Just as quick as Verizon’s $2 online fee was introduced it is getting the old boot out the door and a quick ¡Adios ! right before the New Year and in light of much customer outrage.

Today the company announced it would not move forward with its plan to charge the fee for EVERY payment subscribers made online or on the telephone. 

The corporate geniuses concluded paying to pay your bill was bad business and could result in no business.  Or maybe it was the federal regulators the New York Times said would be looking into the fees that persuaded them.

Officially they noted “customer feedback” as the reason why their “convenience fee” had become inconvenient.  The $2 fee was due to be implemented on January 15, 2012.

Negative reaction was swift and vast, from an online petition on Change.org that gathered 95,000 names to numerous Twitter campaigns.  The customer would not of incurred a fee for mailing in the payment, using automatic pay or paying in person.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Dominican Man Kills Teenaged Ex-Wife, Mayor and Later Himself

LATINO BLOTTER: Dominican Man Kills Teenaged Ex-Wife, Mayor and Later Himself

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A man in the Dominican Republic area of El Seibo is believed to have killed his young ex-wife, the mayor and himself leaving many in the area wondering why.

Police say Victor Manuel Basilio Mercedes, 21, shot and killed his 15-year-old ex-wife Yanelis Acevedo and the mayor of El Seibo, Pablo Pimentel Castro, 44, in what officials are saying was a crime of passion. After shooting the others, he then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

It is believed Basilio had been following Acevedo for more than a month when he spotted her with the mayor near a nail salon in the barrio-like area of El Seibo known as Ginandiana.

Though few details could be found, police are trying to determine the owner of the revolver used in the murder-suicide.

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Czech Man Tried Smuggle 247 Live Animals on Plane from Argentina to Spain

Czech Man Tried Smuggle 247 Live Animals on Plane from Argentina to Spain

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A Czech man believed to be involved in an exotic species smuggling was arrested at an Argentina airport while trying to board a flight to Madrid with nearly 250 animals in his luggage

X-ray technicians were shocked to see moving animals when they scanned Karel Abelovsky’s baggage earlier this month.

After seeing the animals, staff at the Iberia Airlines desk at Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires opened the bags to find various reptiles and molluscs moving around.

In total, 247 live animals were found, among them were 9 species of poisonous snakes. Many of the animals are extremely rare and protected under the International Trade in Endangered Species Convention.

Among the animals found, two were already dead, and many more could have died from lack of oxygen had they made it into the plane’s cargo area.

Abelovsky has been charged with attempted smuggling and faces up to 10 years in prison.

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Death of Argentine Government Official Ivan Heyn Likely Due to Sexual Asphyxia

Death of Argentine Government Official Ivan Heyn Likely Due to Sexual Asphyxia

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Argentine government official Ivan Heyn was found dead in his hotel room December 20th with many believing he had committed suicide, but evidence has revealed that his death was likely an accident.

While in Uruguay for the MERCOSUR summit, Heyn was found dead with his own belt around his neck in what was initially thought to be a suicide attempt, but has since been deemed an accidental death. It is believed that the deputy secretary of foreign trade for Argentina accidentally killed himself by way of autoerotic asphyxia in which the a person limits the amount of oxygen to the brain and lungs to achieve a stronger orgasm.

Heyn, 33, was found in his hotel room at the Radisson Hotel in Montevideo alone, naked, and with his own belt around his neck with the other end tied to the crossbar of the wardrobe. Traces of semen are said to have been found on his body. It is not believed anyone else was involved in his death.

Police officers stated that Heyn, “in the process of partial self-strangulation ... miscalculated his forces and lost control of the situation.”

Those participating in the Southern Common Market were stunned to learn of the young economist’s death. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was so upset she had to ask for medical attention.

Heyn’s funeral was held in Buenos Aires and arranged by Luana Volnovich, his fiancé, He had lived with her for the last three years.

The summit is a South American trade bloc made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Leaders from Venezuela and Ecuador are also said to be attending, with the summit’s main issue being whether to admit Venezuela as a member.

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Michael Jordan Engaged to Cuban-American Model Yvette Prieto

Michael Jordan Engaged to Cuban-American Model Yvette Prieto

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Considered by many to be the greatest basketball player that ever lived, Michael Jordan may be ending his days as the other kind of player now that he’s reportedly engaged to Cuban-American beauty Yvette Prieto.

Air Jordan’s bride-to-be studied business and worked for her father’s company before beginning her modeling career. She has modeled in commercials and for swimsuit calendars.

Prieto, 33, has been with Jordan for three years, but prior to that she had been seen on the arm of Julio Iglesias Jr.

It is likely Jordan will ask Prieto to sign a prenuptial agreement after his ex-wife Juanita Vanoy walked away with $168 million following their divorce.

This will be MJ’s second marriage. His 17-year marriage to Juanita ended in 2006 with the former “Mrs. Airness” citing irreconcilable differences. They have three children together.

Prieto and Jordan reportedly became engaged over the Christmas weekend. No wedding date has been set.

After his very successful basketball career with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan left basketball in 1993. He would sign a contract to play baseball with the White Sox minor league team. His number 23 Bulls jersey was retired in a moving ceremony. However, in 1995, Jordan announced his return with a two-word press release: I’m back. He would bring the Bulls another three championship rings before announcing his retirement once more in 1999.

He would return to the NBA as part owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards. Despite his claim in 1999 that he would never play in the NBA again, Air Jordan returned to the court on September 25, 2001 with the Wizards. He said he was moved to play again and donate his salary to the relief effort for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. After just 60 games he retired for good after torn cartilage in his right knee ended his season.

In 2009, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

He is now the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

 

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Deadly Year for Honduras - Over 6,700 Murdered in 2011

Deadly Year for Honduras - Over 6,700 Murdered in 2011

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Honduras experienced 6,723 murders between Jan. 1 and Dec. 15, or an average of 81.5 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, the chancellor of the National Autonomous University said Thursday.

The numbers, which represent an increase of 881 over 2010, were compiled by the university’s Violence Observatory, Julieta Castellanos told Channel 5 television in Tegucigalpa.

The Honduran government claims that murders are down in 2011 compared with last year, crediting “Operation Lightning,” a joint police and military operation launched last month.

Violence has been on the rise in Honduras since 2005, according to Castellanos, who noted that the country’s murder rate then was 37 per 100,000 residents.

The global rate, as calculated by the United Nations, is 8.8 homicides per 100,000.

While acknowledging that December has seen fewer killings, Castellanos said the relative peace is a seasonal phenomenon that occurs every year and has nothing to do with Operation Lightning.

“The country is controlled by criminal bands,” she said, asserting that parts of Honduras are now effectively outside the criminal justice system.

Crime is not an abstraction for Castellanos, whose son was murdered in October along with a fellow university student. The prime suspects are police officers.

The slayings of the two students provoked demands for a thorough housecleaning of the National Police, something Castellanos says has yet to happen.

President Porfirio Lobo’s government has undertaken “some actions that can be seen as a gesture to combat the problem, but the fundamental problem has not been addressed,” she told Efe.

“Citizens are subjected to three types of problems: the crimes and offense of the police; those of the non-police bands; and the lack of investigation,” Castellanos said. “There is no police investigation because there are police commanders who receive pay from criminal bands to not investigate crimes.”

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Fire Breaks Out at LMFAO Concert in Honduras

Fire Breaks Out at LMFAO Concert in Honduras

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During a concert this week in Latin America, music group LMFAO had to leave the stage and cut their performance a bit short after a fire broke out.

LMFAO, known for the hit dance tracks “Sexy and I Know It” and “Party Rock Anthem”, had to be taken off the stage when a fire erupted on stage at the Coliseo Nacional de Ingenieros in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Thursday.

The fire it believed to have been started by electrical lines that had overheated.

After the show was halted, LMFAO member Redfoo (born Stefan Kendal Gordy) took to Twitter saying, “Epic concert tonight!!!! Everybody in Honduras, we set the place on fire!!!! #sorryforpartyrocking.”

Though local reports stated that around 15 people were treated for smoke inhalation, no one was seriously injured.

When a fan on Twitter asked Redfoo what happened, he responded, ““They told us there was a fire when we were on stage. Then we went to the dressing rooms and there was smoke in the halls.”

Though he initially joked about the situation, he added, :“On a serious note, hope everybody is safe from the fire tonight! Love you Honduras!

LMFAO’s hit “Sexy and I Know It” recently knocked Rihanna out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. They’ll be shufflin’ in the new year in Las Vegas at Haze nightclub.

Th group is made up of DJs Redfoo and his nephew SkyBlu. Redfoo is a former day trader and is the son of music mogul Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label.

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Dinosaurs with Hispanic Touch To March in Rose Parade in Pasadena

Dinosaurs with Hispanic Touch To March in Rose Parade in Pasadena

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Hispanics are constructing and decorating using natural materials and flowers a float featuring dinosaurs from Los Angeles County’s Natural History Museum which will participate in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.

“We’ve built a float with dinosaurs because we believe that the Rose Parade is a unique opportunity to express to the whole world that the NHM is another of this great city’s attractions,” Luis Chiappe, director of the Museum’s Dinosaur Institute, told Efe.

The aim “is to generate enthusiasm about our museum and its transformation in recent years, as well as to promote the new dinosaur (exhibits),” the Argentine paleontologist added.

Chiappe supervised the design of the float, entitled “Dinosaurs in L.A.‘s Backyard,” so that the structures on the float reflect the real characteristics of three dinosaurs: a Triceratops, a long-necked Mamenchisaurus argo and Tyrannosaurus rex.

The paleontologist will travel the 5 1/2 miles of Pasadena’s Colorado Blvd. on board the float in the Rose Parade, which this year will not be on Jan. 1, because that date falls on a Sunday, but rather on Jan. 2.

“I think I’m the only paleontologist in the world who’s going to have the privilege of being able to ride on a float full of dinosaurs,” said Chiappe, laughing.

The firm constructing the NHM float is Phoenix Decorating Company.

Jaime Arrevillaga has worked on the Phoenix float-building team for more than 20 years and told Efe that in his company the majority of the people who make the ideas of the float designers a reality are Hispanic.

“My work on the dinosaur float consisted of gluing paper ... that went over the chassis and over which solidified foam (was used) to create the platform into which natural flowers are inserted,” Arevillaga said.

Mexican-American Veronica Jauriqui on Wednesday had the task of cutting and dipping in a liquid petals of dried flowers to provide a golden color and then sticking them on parts of the Triceratops’ body.

“It means a lot to me to play a small role in the decoration of the dinosaur float,” she told Efe.

Lying on a part of the scaffolding erected to enable the team to assemble the float, Peruvian Norma Aguello and Toni Adams are gluing white lettuce seeds and peppers to create gray patches on the left side of the Mamenchisaurus.

“To be doing this small part fulfills me so much that I regret not having known 20 years ago that I could have joined the companies that make floats,” Aguello said.

“When they opened the dinosaur (exhibit) I took my 10-year-old daughter to the museum and, since we’re members, I received an invitation to help decorate the dinosaurs on the float,” she said.

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‘How to Steal An American Job’ - It’s Not What You Think (VIDEO)

In this year-end video, Immigration and Customs Enforcement head, John Morton, let’s us know ‘How to Steal an American Job’ and guess what it wasn’t through illegal immigration or through the hiring of an undocumented migrant. 

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Georgia Company Settles Allegations of Discrimination Against Latino Applicants

Georgia Company Settles Allegations of Discrimination Against Latino Applicants

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The Justice Department announced a settlement today with Garland Sales Inc., a Georgia rug manufacturer, resolving allegations that it engaged in discrimination by imposing unnecessary documentary requirements on individuals of Hispanic origin when establishing their eligibility to work in the United States, and that it retaliated against a worker for protesting his discriminatory treatment. 

According to the settlement, Garland has agreed to pay $10,000 in back pay and civil penalties, and to undergo training on proper employment eligibility verification practices. 

In its complaint, the department alleged that a naturalized U.S. citizen of Hispanic descent, applied for a job with Garland in May 2009.  At the time of hire, he presented his unexpired driver’s license and an unrestricted Social Security card—a combination of documents sufficient to prove his identity and his authorization to work in the United States. The complaint alleged that Garland demanded that the he provide his “green card,” even though U.S. citizens do not have green cards.  After Garland made further requests for documents, the worker objected to the company’s demands, and Garland then rescinded the job offer.  The worker, along with another individual who was denied employment with Garland when the company rejected the individual’s valid documentation, will receive full back pay out of the $10,000 settlement.

The department’s complaint also alleged that Garland required newly hired non-U.S. citizens and foreign-born U.S. citizens to present specific and additional work authorization documents beyond those required by federal law. 

“Employers may not treat authorized workers differently during the hiring process based on their national origin or citizenship status,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

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Escaped Bengal Tiger Causes Scare in Mexico & $85,000 Fine for Owner

Escaped Bengal Tiger Causes Scare in Mexico & $85,000 Fine for Owner

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An escaped pet tiger named Deborah spurred a massive deployment of police, firefighters and other first responders in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, authorities said.

Apolonio Armenta, the Coahuila delegate of Mexico’s environmental protection agency, Profepa, told Efe that alarmed residents began calling police late Wednesday night with reports about a tiger roaming the streets of Saltillo, the state capital.

“It was a tigress between 8 and 12 months old that some thieves allowed to escape when they broke into the office of the pet’s owner, attorney Rodolfo Richards,” Armenta said.

Richards eventually managed to recapture the 50-kilo (110-pound) Bengal tiger.

Deborah was only a month old when the attorney bought her from a pet shop in nearby Monterrey, Armenta said, adding that while Richards has paperwork confirming his ownership of the animal, he failed to register the tiger with Profepa as a pet.

Richards now faces up to 1.2 million pesos ($85,000) in fines if he cannot explain to Profepa’s satisfaction why he didn’t register Deborah.

Mexicans are alllowed to keep exotic animals as pets provided the comply with Profepa regulations, which include providing the animal with an appropriate environment and ensuring it does not become a threat to public safety.

Such animals are “relatively quiet, if they live with humans as cubs, you make sure that they don’t suffer from stress or hunger and you give them medical attention to keep them healthy,” Armenta said.

Six months ago, he noted, a mountain lion and a tiger were dumped in front of the Profepa offfice in Coahuila, while army troops later captured an African lion in the town of Nava.

Those three animals are now in the Monclova zoo

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Latina Organization Urging Pres. Obama to Life Barriers on Teen Contraceptives

Latina Organization Urging Pres. Obama to Life Barriers on Teen Contraceptives

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health has been urging healthcare leaders to address the significant structural barriers many young Latinas face when attempting to access emergency contraception, including removing medically unnecessary age restrictions.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national organization working on behalf of the reproductive health and justice of the 20 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through public education, community mobilization and policy advocacy.

Last month Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blocked the Food and Drug Administration from widening over-the-counter access to emergency contraception among teens of all ages, despite clear evidence of safety.  These barriers particularly impact Latina teens. National Latina Institute’s Jessica Gonzålez-Rojas sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius expressing concern, where she wrote,

“The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is committed to ensuring the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice for Latinas, their families and their communities. We commend your department’s work on numerous initiatives that positively affect Latinas’ reproductive health, including its contraceptive mandate to its work on cervical cancer. As a continuation of this good work, we hope you would welcome the opportunity to discuss with us our concerns regarding your decision to block the FDA from widening access to emergency contraception after FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg deemed the drug “safe and effective” for all ages.”

In light of mounting concerns regarding age restrictions and access to emergency contraception, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) has formally requested a meeting with the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 

 

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Colombia, Followed by Mexico Lead in Number of Religious Workers Killed in 2011

Colombia, Followed by Mexico Lead in Number of Religious Workers Killed in 2011

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Once again this year, Fides publishes an annual document of all the pastoral workers who lost their lives in a violent manner over the course of the last 12 months. According to information in our possession, during 2011, 26 pastoral care workers were killed: one more than the previous year: 18 priests, 4 religious sisters, 4 lay people.

For the third consecutive year, the place most affected, with an extremely elevated number of pastoral workers killed was in The Americas,  “bathed with the blood of 13 priests and 2 lay persons,” followed by Africa with 6 religious workers killed.

In Latin America 15 pastoral care workers were killed (13 priests and 2 lay people). They were killed in Colombia (7), Mexico (5), Brazil (1), Paraguay (1) and Nicaragua (1).

In Colombia 6 priests and 1 lay person were killed: Fr. Rafael Reátiga Rojas and Fr.Richard Armando Piffano Laguado killed by gunshot by a murderer who was traveling with the two priests; Fr. Luis Carlos Orozco Cardona, killed by a young man who shot him among the crowd; Fr. Gustavo Garcia, Eudista, murdered in the street by a man who wanted to steal his mobile phone; Fr. Jose Reinel Restrepo Idárraga, killed by unknown persons while he was riding his motorcycle which was then stolen along with other objects belonging to the priest; Fr. Gualberto Oviedo Arrieta, found covered with wounds and knifed to death, in the rectory of his parish. To the list of priests we also add a lay man Luis Eduardo Garcia, a member of the Social Pastoral, attacked by a group of guerrillas, kidnapped and then killed.

In Mexico, 4 priests died and 1 lay woman: Fr. Santos Sánchez Hernández, attacked by an intruder who entered his house, most likely to steal; Fr. Francisco Sanchez Duran, found in the church with wounds to the neck, perhaps in an attempt to stop a robbery in church; Fr. Salvador Ruiz Enciso, who was kidnapped and killed; Fr. Marco Antonio Duran Romero, killed in a gunfight between soldiers and an armed group. To the list we add Mary Elizabeth Macías Castro, of the Scalabrinian Lay Movement, who worked at a newspaper and in contact with migrants, kidnapped by a group of drug dealers and brutally killed.

In Brazil, Fr. Romeu Drago was killed in his home. His body was then brought to about 25 km from his home, where he was burned.  In Paraguay, Mgr.Julio Cesar Alvarez was killed. His body was found in his room, hand and foot bound, with injuries and scratches and strangled.  In Nicaragua, Fr. Marlon Ernesto Pupiro García was kidnapped and killed .

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Bank Robbers in Argentina Leave With 2 Bags of Letters, No Money

Seven armed assailants wearing masks stormed a bank in the Argentine capital on Thursday, but walked out only with two sacks of letters.

The Hollywood-style heist took place at a Banco Credicoop branch in downtown Buenos Aires.

After driving into the garage in a vehicle identical to that of the branch manager, the robbers entered the bank, brandishing their guns and threatening the employees. They quickly grabbed two sacks that had just been delivered by a courier firm and fled.

The sacks “contained correspondence of no commercial value whatever,” Banco Credicoop said in a statement.

Police sources suggested the robbers’ real objective was several bags full of cash that were delivered to the bank along with the letters.

The sacks containing money had already been secured in the vault by the time the assailants entered the bank, the police sources told media outlets.

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Fuel-Tanker Accident in Venezuela Leaves 14 Dead, Many Injured

Fuel-Tanker Accident in Venezuela Leaves 14 Dead, Many Injured

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Fourteen people were killed and 16 others injured Thursday when a tanker-truck carrying gasoline flipped over and burst into flames on a busy highway in the Venezuelan capital, authorities said.

“We have counted 12 bodies plus two bodies in private vehicles, there are around 16 injured,” the head of the National Police, Luis Fernandez, told state television.

The mayor of the capital municipality of Los Salias, Ovidio Lozada, said the fatalities include at least three minors.

Eight vehicles - the truck, a bus and six private vehicles - were “totally burned,” he told Union Radio.

While the fire has been brought under control, the highway will remain closed pending the removal of the charred vehicles and the spilled fuel, emergency services chief Luis Diaz Curbelo said on state television.

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