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WednesdayJune 6, 2012

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U.S. and Mexico Launch Campaign to Prevent Immigrant Deaths Along Border

U.S. and Mexico Launch Campaign to Prevent Immigrant Deaths Along Border

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The U.S. Border Patrol, in coordination with the Mexican government, this week is launching a campaign to prevent the deaths of immigrants along the mutual border and to alert them to the dangerous currents in the irrigation canal in El Paso.

The campaign seeks to warn both the border communities as well as those in the Mexican interior of the danger in crossing the border during the hot season, when temperatures in the desert are intolerable and water is released from the dams into the canals, creating faster currents along those waterways.

The “Border Safety Initiative” will include television and radio messages on media outlets along the frontier as well as in Mexican communities with high levels of migration.

Some of these messages will have slogans such as “Don’t cross the borders anymore,” “Don’t fool yourself,” “Don’t traffic in lives” and a norteño ballad named “Migra corrido” has even been recorded and distributed to radio stations in the Mexican interior.

This year the message emphasizes the dangers migrants run by placing their lives in the hands of so-called “coyotes” (immigrant traffickers) who sometimes abandon them in the desert.

A young undocumented immigrant staying in a shelter in El Paso told Efe that his crossing through the Arizona desert was very tough.

“(The coyote) took us walking for eight days through the (Arizona) desert, and we had nothing to protect ourselves from the sun, since all the plants were covered with spines. We saw human remains during the trip,” the migrant said.

The Guatemalan boy said that when the coyote abandoned them he got lost and decided to look for immigration agents to turn himself in because he thought he was going to die and “end up like the bones” he saw in the desert.

The young man said that one of the other risks are the attackers who operate in the Mexican sector of the border who steal the belongings of migrants who are just about to cross into the United States.

The rescues and the deaths that have occurred in the El Paso sector of the border have declined considerably in the past five years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, figures show.

Jacobo Nuñez, a border Border Patrol agent, said that this reduction has been due to the information campaign and the warnings that have been issued each year since 1998.

During Fiscal Year 2006, in the El Paso border sector, which extends for 268 miles, 33 people are known to have lost their lives, while only six people died in 2011.

Meanwhile, Humberto Uranga, a representative of the National Immigration Institute in Mexico’s Chihuahua state, said that about 6,000 rescues are conducted each year on the U.S. side of the border.

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Pacific Rubiales to acquire PetroMagdalena, Another Canadian Firm Connected to Colombian Oil

Pacific Rubiales Energy, a Toronto-based firm that is Colombia’s second-largest oil producer, said here it has reached an agreement to acquire “all issued and outstanding” common shares of another Canadian oil company, PetroMagdalena, for $243 million.

PetroMagdalena has working interests in 19 oil and gas properties in five hydrocarbon basins in Colombia.

Pacific said in a press release that the acquired company’s share of production at those properties is more than 3,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day before deduction of royalties, adding that that result allowed it to significantly boost cash flow last year.

The head of Pacific Rubiales in Colombia, Ronald Pantin, said he was pleased with the transaction and noted that PetroMagdalena “already is a key supplier of light oil for the dilution of our crude.”

The acquisition complements Pacific’s current business and will foster continued growth, he said.

The multinational said in its release that “in the coming days PetroMagdalena will issue a statement specifying the details of the accord.”

Pacific, which operates the Rubiales oil field, Colombia’s biggest, and also has stakes in several pipelines and in gas blocks, produces just over 250,000 barrels per day, or roughly a quarter of total production in the Andean nation.

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Mass Graves Found in Colombia, Believed to Contain “Disappeared” and FARC Remains

Mass Graves Found in Colombia, Believed to Contain “Disappeared” and FARC Remains

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Army troops found a FARC cemetery containing numerous graves in the southern province of Caqueta, Colombian armed forces commander Gen. Alejandro Navas said.

The graves are those of guerrillas who were shot, soldiers and civilians, the general said.

The cemetery, where Attorney General’s Office specialists are conducting a dig, was found in the hamlet of Cartagena del Chaira.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, has a large presence in Caqueta.

“Troops found graves in Caqueta province, near the Caguan River,” Navas told reporters during a military ceremony Tuesday in Bogota.

“Initial reports are that they are numerous, more than 100, we believe they are murdered ‘narcoterrorists,’ shot by firing squad, and even civilians,” the general said.

The graves “may also contain many disappeared (people) and FARC guerrillas, since it is one of their cemeteries. But also soldiers and kidnapping victims, from whom there was no news,” Navas said.

Five mass graves containing eight bodies have been dug up so far, AG’s office Technical Investigations Unit, or CTI, director Maritza Escobar Baquero said.

The CTI sent 12 specialists to search for more graves, a hard task because “they are located in places that are difficult to reach,” Escobar Baquero said.

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Buried Under Mexican Highway, Archaeological Area Containing Mayan Ruins Preserved

Buried Under Mexican Highway, Archaeological Area Containing Mayan Ruins Preserved

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Mexican cultural authorities have preserved an archaeological area with several Maya buildings more than 1,500 years old that were buried under a highway in the Yucatan peninsula.

The archaeological zone, comprised of the remains of five Maya buildings, was part of the ancient city of Oxkintok and is located on both sides of the highway, where a roadside stop has been set up so that visitors or travelers can look around, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

The work to preserve the Maya buildings took more than three years and the site is located on a federal highway linking the cities of Merida - the capital of Yucatan state - and Campeche, the capital of the adjacent same-named state, INAH said in a statement.

“The said constructions are part of the great residential platforms that measure 60 meters (195 feet) long by 50 meters (163 feet) wide, over which masonry buildings and vaulted roofs were erected around a patio,” said the coordinator of the achaeological salvage work, Eunice Gonzalez.

She said the Oxkintok area is of great relevance to archaeology because it contains buildings of all types and from all chronological eras in the Maya region.

The archaeological site, which extends for more than 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), was built according to an agreement between INAH’s Yucatan Center and federal transportation authorities with the aim of broadening the highway, which was modified in numerous ways so preserve the historic pre-Columbian structures.

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Ricky Martin is the Most Influential Person Fighting for LGBT Rights, Says Report

Ricky Martin is the Most Influential Person Fighting for LGBT Rights, Says Report

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Puerto Rican singer and actor Ricky Martin tops the list of the 20 most influential people in the United States in fighting for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual, or LGBTT, community, the Huffington Post reported.

Puerto Rican gay rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano said in a statement released Wednesday that both he and Martin had made the list of the most influential people fighting for the rights of the LGBTT community.

Serrano thanked the Huffington Post for including him on the list, adding that the honor would inspire him to continue the fight for the rights of the LGBTT community until equality was achieved.

“I am honored to be on the side of important and courageous figures in our effort for equality and justice for the Latin LGBTT community in the United States,” Serrano said.

The Huffington Post also recognized Anthony Romero, director of the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, writer Charles Rice-Gonzalez and Victoria Cruz for their work on behalf of the rights of the LGBTT community.

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Mexican Writer Ernesto de la Peña is Awarded Literature Prize

Mexican Writer Ernesto de la Peña is Awarded Literature Prize

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Mexican writer Ernesto de la Peña was presented Tuesday with the 26th Menendez Pelayo International Prize in recognition for “his concern about the transmission of knowledge and access to culture by the new generations.”

A total of 27 nominees in the field of literary or scientific creativity were vying this year for the award, which comes with 34,000 euros in cash ($42,285) and is presented annually by Mexico City-based Colegio de Mexico and Spain’s Universidad Internacional Menedez Pelayo, according to a communique released by the latter educational institution.

The panel of judges emphasized the side of De la Peña as a “great essayist, relevant storyteller, poet and philologist,” adding that he is “a great expert in classical and modern languages of all types.”

De la Peña, who was born in 1927 in Mexico City, heads the Telmex Foundation’s Centro de Estudios de Ciencias y Humanidades.

Among the titles of his published works are “Las estratagemas de Dios,” “Las maquinas espirituales,” “El indeseable caso de Borelli” and “Mineralogia para intrusos.”

Past winners of the award include authors Mario Benedetti and Mario Vargas Llosa.

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American Tourism to Mexico Up More Than 5 Percent Despite Travel Warnings

American Tourism to Mexico Up More Than 5 Percent Despite Travel Warnings

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It would seem many are not heeding travel warnings from U.S. officials, as Mexican tourism officials say the number of U.S. travelers to the country is up.

According to Mexico’s Tourism Department, travel to the Mexico rose 5.3 percent between January and April. A Monday announcement from the department states that of the more than 4 million tourists who visited Mexico during those months, more than half of them were Americans.

Mexico saw a record number of tourists in 2011 and the number of American tourists that went down to Mexico in the first third of the years i up slightly from last year.

The announcement from Mexico’s Tourism Dept. stated Cancun, Cozumel, Huatico, Puerto Vallarta, and Riviera Maya were the top destination for American tourists.

This rise in Americans traveling to Mexico came after the Texas Department of Public Safety released a travel warning. The warning discouraged spring breakers from traveling to Mexico, citing drug violence.

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After Being Accidentally Run Over by Mother, 8-Year-Old Girl Dies

After Being Accidentally Run Over by Mother, 8-Year-Old Girl Dies

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The 8-year-old daughter of Maria Anna Cruz-Lopez succumbed to injuries Friday after she and four other children were run over by her mother.

Cruz-Lopez, 33, was reportedly backing a large SUV into the driveway when she hit the children, who range in age from 18 months to 11 years old.

A family friend says Cruz-Lopez did not see the children when she accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the break and lodged the Ford Expedition in the brick garage. The 8-year-old girl, Natalie Hernandez-Cruz, was injured not only by the vehicle itself, but by the bricks that fell when the SUV hit the garage.

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All of the children were taken to Children’s Hospital. Friday morning, police said that the driver’s son, the youngest in the collision, is in ‘stable’ condition. A six-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl are also in ‘stable’ condition. An 11-year-old child is in serious condition, said police.

Police were able to respond quickly, as they were still in the neighborhood after being called to the residence not an hour prior. Shortly before the tragic accident, police had been called because Cruz-Lopez was illegally living in the home. She was said to be backing the vehicle into the driveway because she was moving.

Though drugs and alcohol were not believed to have been a factor in the accident, Cruz-Lopez was cited, as she did not have a license and was not using a car seat.

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Mexican Journalists and Activists Continue to Flee to U.S.

Mexican Journalists and Activists Continue to Flee to U.S.

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Mexican journalists and activists continue coming to the United States asking for what their own country is not giving them, the chance to live without fear, attorney Carlos Spector - who represents about a dozen of these people, most recently reporter Miguel Lopez Solana - told Efe.

Lopez Solana fled the eastern city of Veracruz last month along with his wife after the murders last year of his family and a series of murders of journalists.

The part-time photographer for Diario La Jornada said in an interview with Efe that he decided to leave Mexico after the murders of his mother, father and brother, and the killing last month of three reporters who were covering organized crime.

According to reports from the Veracruz police, the bodies of the three reporters were found dismembered and showing signs of torture.

Lopez Solana, who says that he was kidnapped and threatened at gunpoint in 2009 as a result of his work, accused the daily Notiver of having left his father, Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco, and his brother Misael, who worked there as columnist and photographer, respectively, alone, a situation that evidently led to their murders.

In recent days, Notiver answered Lopez Solana saying that he had never worked for the daily, had never studied journalism and had no real reason to leave Mexico, adding that if anyone knows who killed his relatives it is he himself.

“It was a ‘drug blanket’ message that Notiver published,” said Spector, referring to the fact that in Ciudad Juarez drug traffickers send messages via blankets that they hang in public places so that they will be published by the communications media.

Lopez Solana’s attorney added that both this method of communication and the Mexican government link the victims to organized crime to “wash their hands.”

Spector said that the journalist was terrorized and entered the United States on a tourist visa, coming to his office on the advice and with the help of journalistic associations like the Committee for the Protection of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders.

“Not only are they murdering journalists. They’re locating and hunting us, we’re living in terror,” Lopez Solana said.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Starts Fight Because He Thinks He’s the “Better Mexican”

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Starts Fight Because He Thinks He’s the “Better Mexican”

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A West Palm beach man remained in jail Tuesday after he and another man began fighting over who is a “better Mexican.”

An unidentified 35-year-old man began told police he and his friends were drinking at his house when 26-year-old Rudy “El Caballo” Yhoan pulled up in his car, got out and said he was a better Mexican than they were.” He then pointed a gun at the group and threatened to shoot them, apparently “for no apparent reason” according to the police report. Yhoan continued to shout about being a “better Mexican.”

A few weeks after that incident, the unidentified man says he was riding his bike when Yhoan pulled up in a car behind him, shouting, “I’m going to run you over.”

The man says he managed to jump from his bike before Yhoan could run him over. However, before he could get up, Yhoan and two additional men began kicking him in the head. The group then ran off, leaving the man injured on the ground.

According to police, when officers arrived, they found the victim with swelling around his right eye and multiple cuts on his face.

On Sunday, Yhoan was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and one count of aggravated battery resulting in bodily harm.

Yhoan remains in Palm Beach County Jail without bond.

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President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay May Have Fathered a SECOND Child During his Time as a Bishop

President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay May Have Fathered a SECOND Child During his Time as a Bishop

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In 2006, Fernando Lugo, then a Catholic bishop, announced he planned to leave the priesthood to run for President of Paraguay, but it seems skeletons in his holy closet may be coming out.

After winning the Presidential race in 2008 and just before he took office, Lugo acknowledged he had fathered a child while he was still a bishop. However, Tuesday, it was revealed Lugo, 62, may have fathered a second child while still a holy man.

This latest announcement comes from a 42-year-old nurse who claims the former bishop is the father of her 10-year-old son. If true, this would mean Lugo fathered her son and a now 5-year-old while still a Catholic bishop.

The woman claims she and Lugo had sex after she went to him seeking council regarding her marital problems. At the time, he was a bishop in San Pedro.

The scandalous love-child/ren will likely be brought up during next year’s presidential election, with the second child’s origins being even more scandalous because the mother was married when she went to Lugo for advice.

Lugo was appointed a Divine World missionary in 1994 and resigned in 2005, citing health issues, only to show the stamina to run for president shortly after resigning.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Girl Sexually Abused for 7 Years, Kept Silent by Abusers’ Blackmail

LATINO BLOTTER: Girl Sexually Abused for 7 Years, Kept Silent by Abusers’ Blackmail

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A Texas teen has been arrested after he and members of his family allegedly blackmailed a 13-year-old into allowing them to sexually abuse her, the abuse lasting for years.

At the age of 13, an unidentified girl had already been sexually abused for seven years. When she was just 6 years old, two boys began abusing her, claiming that if she ever told anyone, they would tell her father she “wanted it.”

This past weekend, the Cameron County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jose Armando Barajas, 18, who allegedly began the abuse when the victim was barely in kindergarten.

The girl alleges Baranjas began abusing the girl when she was 6, with the abuse from his 14-year-old brother beginning when she was 11. As if that was not bad enough, the girl says the brothers’ 14-year-old cousin began abusing her earlier this year.

Two weeks ago, the girl finally broke her silence when she told a school counselor about the abuse. She reportedly said she reached her limit after she asked the teens to stop and they would not.

Police were then notified of the girl’s claims and the investigation is ongoing.

On Friday, Jose Barajas of San Benito, TX was arrested and charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child charge.

He remains at the Cameron County Jail in lieu of the $150,000 bond set by Cameron County Magistrate Judge Patricia Edelstein.

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Rapper Kid Cudi Announces Official Name of Upcoming Album: indicud

Rapper Kid Cudi Announces Official Name of Upcoming Album: indicud

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Rapper Kid Cudi has announced the official title for his third studio album.

Like many stars making announcements these days, Cudi,28, (born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi) took to Twitter saying, “My new album in entitled “indicud”, it will be my version of The Chronic 2011, some songs ill (sic) produce, others ill (sic) feat &/or play songwriter.”

No release date has been set, though many expect indicud – previously referred to as Man on the Moon III – to be released in 2012.

In 2009, Cudi, or KiD CuDi as it’s often stylized, released Man on the Moon: The End of Day, followed by Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager in 2010. Earlier this year, Cudi and rapper Dot da Genius teamed up as WZRD and released a self-titled album.

Teaming up with Patrick “Plain Pat” Reynolds and Emile Haynie, Cudi created the Dream On record label, partnering with Universal Motown and Kanye West’s GOOD Music.

Kid Cudi grew up in Cleveland, Ohio’s Shaker Heights and Solon neighborhood. His father, who sadly passed away due to cancer when Cudi was just 11, was a Mexican-Native American who fought in the Air Force in World War II before becoming a house painter and substitute teacher. The alternative rapper’s mother is African-American and works as a middle-school choir teacher at Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights. Cudi also has a daughter, Vada Wamwene Mescudi, who was born on March 26, 2010.

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Alejandro Sanz Wants Fans to Guess New Album Title Using Paper Airplanes and Videos

Alejandro Sanz Wants Fans to Guess New Album Title Using Paper Airplanes and Videos

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Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz, one of the most active Latino artists on the social networks, is using an Internet game to get his fans to “guess” the title of his new album, his public relations office announced Tuesday.

Via the online “Viene del aire” campaign, Sanz is proposing that his fans take part in a game on the Web site www.vienedelaire.com, where participants will be able to download paper airplane instructions, write on a piece of paper their guess for the album’s title and then use it to make the glider.

Fans are instructed to make video recordings of the entire process, including how the paper airplanes they’ve made fly, and then upload their videos on the same Web page.

The best fan videos will be used for the Madrid artist’s promotional video for his new single, and he will announce the winner at the close of the campaign.

According to Twitter Counter statistics, the artist recently surpassed five million followers on that social network, almost three million more than he had a year ago, and his personal Twitter account is currently No. 55 on the list of the most-followed accounts in the world, a ranking headed by Lady Gaga, with more than 20 million.

Above Sanz on the list is Latino artist Shakira, No. 4 with more than 14 followers, and it also includes Americans of Hispanic origin Selena Gomez at No. 10, Puerto Rican Ricky Martin at No. 47 and Jennifer Lopez at No. 53.

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos Renews Political and Economic Cooperation with Chile

Spain’s King Juan Carlos Renews Political and Economic Cooperation with Chile

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos on Tuesday called on Spanish business leaders to take advantage of opportunities in renewable energy and tourism in Chile, and he praised the South American country for its legal security, compared with those “where arbitrariness reigns.”

The monarch renewed Spain’s support for political and economic cooperation with Chile in the toast he gave before the luncheon offered in his honor at La Moneda palace by President Sebastian Piñera, an event rounding out the agenda of his working visit to Santiago, a basically economically-oriented trip, on which the king was accompanied by top executives from 20 Spanish firms.

In his welcoming remarks, Piñera emphasized that Chile appreciates and receives “with open arms” Spanish investment, guarantees businessmen that it is a country that fulfills its commitments, respects the laws and the rule of law and that it wants to offer itself to Spain as a platform for other economic projects in Latin America.

The Chilean president, who welcomed Juan Carlos as a “great friend of Chile,” expressed his satisfaction at seeing how he is recovering from his hip operation and said he trusted that that recovery would be “contagious” and that Spain - in turn - would recover its economic health.

“Chile has understood very well that saving comes to countries that respect legal security and flees from those where arbitrariness reigns,” the king told Piñera and some 40 guests from both nations, most of them businessmen.

The Spanish monarch devoted a significant portion of his address to praising Chile’s economic model.

Chile respects “private property, business freedom, the independence from regulators and transparency in procedures,” said the king before emphasizing that the country is at the forefront of Latin America in “economic freedom and ease of doing business.”

“It’s not by chance that more than 1,000 Spanish companies have chosen Chile for their investment projects,” the king said, citing renewable energy and tourism as sectors offering new opportunities now.

There, just as in banking, insurance, telecommunications, energy, infrastructure and agro-industry, “brand Spain is a seal of quality,” King Juan Carlos said.

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Delta Airlines Buys 30.2 million Shares of Aeromexico

Delta Airlines Buys 30.2 million Shares of Aeromexico

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Delta Airlines, the No. 2 carrier in the United States, has acquired a 4.17 percent stake in Grupo Aeromexico for $65 million as part of a long-term strategic alliance, the Mexican airline said.

The deal, which was reached last year, covers nearly 30.2 million shares of Aeromexico and was approved by the Federal Competition Commission, or CFC, Grupo Aeromexico said in a statement.

Delta will get a seat on the board of Aeromexico, which is controlled by U.S. banking giant Citigroup - via its Banamex unit - and a group of Mexican investors.

“This is the first time a global carrier buys equity in a national Mexican airline. Both companies will share best practices in sales, operations, equipment maintenance and staff training, enabling them to offer customers the same travel experience on any of their flights,” Delta Airlines said in a statement.

The two carriers have had a code-sharing agreement in place since 1994 as part of the Sky Team alliance.

“The carriers collectively offer 93 codeshare destinations that represent 733 daily flights in eight countries. They have also been working on improving and increasing flight schedules to respond to customers’ needs in destinations such as New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Miami, new daily service to Washington, DC from Mexico City and new flights to Atlanta coming soon,” Delta Airlines said.

Aeromexico, which carried 14 million passengers in 2011, operates more than 450 daily flights to 42 domestic and 30 international destinations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Delta and Delta Connection offer service to 350 destinations in 65 countries around the world, serving more than 160 million passengers annually.

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WednesdayJune 6, 2012