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ThursdayOctober 18, 2012

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Brazilian President Vetoes 9 Articles of Land-Use Bill

Brazilian President Vetoes 9 Articles of Land-Use Bill

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vetoed nine articles of a controversial land-use bill passed by Congress last month and harshly criticized by environmental groups.

The most significant veto concerns a clause related to the size of forested buffer zones landowners must maintain around rivers.

Rousseff’s veto reinserted a requirement that large landowners must maintain a zone of between 5-100 meters (16-327 feet) of native vegetation, depending on the size of the waterway.

Under previous law, that requirement had been 30-500 meters and environmental groups such as the World Wildlife Fund for Nature say the less stringent restrictions will increase the risk of flooding.

The bill was backed by lawmakers allied with land barons and opposed by environmentalists, who see the revised Forest Code as a step toward greater agribusiness activity in the Amazon and other degraded areas.

“The vetoes were based on what had been the original intent of the bill, meaning not to provide amnesty, not to promote illegal deforestation and to ensure social justice, (centered) on the rights of small farmers,” Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said.

In May, Rousseff vetoed 12 articles of the bill, which was subsequently sent back to Congress.

Among other items vetoed in the final bill, Rousseff also barred landowners from reforesting land near rivers and other sensitive areas with fruit species such as orange and apple trees as opposed to native vegetation.

Teixeira said some further implementing decrees will still be need to be enacted but that the vetoes were necessary to recover the principles contained in the government’s original proposal.

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Mudslide in Northern Peru Kills 11, 10 Still Missing

Mudslide in Northern Peru Kills 11, 10 Still Missing

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Peruvian authorities recovered 11 bodies after a mudslide swept through a village in the northern Peruvian jungle region of San Martin, while 10 others remain missing.

The Indeci emergency management agency said a team of rescue personnel, including army soldiers and local residents, were searching for the other 10 people.

Another three injured people were taken to a hospital in Tarapoto, the region’s largest city.

Wednesday’s mudslide also destroyed 10 homes and a pedestrian bridge and caused 600 meters (1,967 feet) of water pipes to collapse.

Rescue personnel are evaluating the damage to the village of El Porvenir and working to ensure humanitarian aid reaches those affected, Indeci chief Alfredo Murgueytio told RPP radio.

“It’s an area on the edge of the jungle. A river runs to the side of the village, the homes were located on the edge of (that stream) and the floodwaters swept away what was there,” he said.

At least 21 people, including four minors, were reported missing after torrential rains sent mud, trees and rocks crashing into El Porvenir, where roughly 100 coffee-growing families live, the governor of Picota province, Jaime Pinedo, said.

Emergency management personnel traveled to the disaster site - located 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Tarapoto - to assess the damage and verify the number of people missing, an Indeci spokesman said.

The rains also swelled the Huallaga River, one the main transport routes in that region, further hindering access to the area.

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Ricardo Darin, Belen Rueda to star in thriller- SEPTIMO

Ricardo Darin, Belen Rueda to star in thriller- SEPTIMO

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Argentine star Ricardo Darin and Spain’s Belen Rueda will star in “Septimo,” a mystery set to begin shooting next month in Buenos Aires, the film’s producers said Thursday.

The plot revolves around an estranged couple’s desperate search for their two children, who mysteriously disappear from the building where their father lives.

It is the second feature for Spanish director Patxi Amezcua, whose 2009 suspense story set in Barcelona, “25 kilates,” was honored at the Malaga Film Festival.

Besides Darin and Rueda, the cast includes Luis Ziembrowski, Jorge D’Elia and Manuel Callau.

The Spanish-Argentine coproduction will be filmed entirely in Buenos Aires and is due for release in the second half of 2013.

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FARC Guerillas and Colombian Gov’t Prepare for Peace Talks in Cuba

FARC Guerillas and Colombian Gov’t Prepare for Peace Talks in Cuba

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The Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas met here Thursday to formally inaugurate a peace process aimed at ending nearly five decades of internal strife.

Both parties agreed to hold another preparatory meeting in Cuba on Nov. 5 before initiating the dialogue 10 days later, Abel Garcia said on behalf of the government of Cuba, which - along with Norway - is acting as a facilitator for the process.

At the beginning of a meeting attended by five Colombian government representatives, five members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and four Norwegian and Cuban mediators, the head of the peace and reconciliation department of Norway’s foreign ministry, Tone Allers, praised the effort being made by the parties.

The head of the negotiating team for the Colombian government, former Vice President Humberto de la Calle, on Thursday invited the FARC to make a “mutual effort” to end the conflict.

De la Calle praised the “rigorous” manner in which the guerrillas and the government have kept their commitments during the first part of the process, emphasized that efficacious agreements must be reached and called for respect and “discretion” on the part of all.

The head of the FARC negotiating team, Ivan Marquez, said that the guerrilla group was participating in the peace process “with a collective dream of peace and with an olive branch in our hands.”

The FARC’s objective is to “seek peace with social justice via dialogue,” with the Colombian people in the leading role, Marquez said.

The accord establishing a framework for the peace process was signed on Aug. 26 in Havana after six months of secret exploratory discussions under the auspices of the Cuban and Norwegian governments.

The FARC has battled a succession of Colombian governments since 1964. The Marxist insurgency swelled to nearly 20,000 fighters in the early 2000s, but now numbers around 8,500 combatants.

Colombia’s armed forces, bolstered by billions of dollars of aid from the United States, have scored dramatic successes against the FARC in recent years, but the rebels remain capable of inflicting significant damage on the military and on vulnerable infrastructure.

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Republicans, Democrats Attack Other Party’s Stance on Immigration

Republicans, Democrats Attack Other Party’s Stance on Immigration

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The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney on Wednesday continued to snipe back and forth at each other about immigration reform a day after the issue came up in their second televised debate.

The question posed by Lorraine Osorio to Romney about how to resolve the presence of undocumented foreigners in the United States unleashed one of the tensest and longest exchanges of Tuesday night’s encounter at Hofstra University.

That question once again heated things up on Wednesday and, in a conference call with reporters, Democratic Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Xavier Becerra chided Romney for being an extremist and reiterated their complaint about Republican obstructionism in Congress.

“Mitt Romney is the most extreme presidential candidate on immigration in modern history,” said Velazquez, citing the Republican’s idea of “self-deportation.”

When asked why immigration reform was unable to be achieved when the Congress was under Democratic control for the first two years of Obama’s presidency, Becerra replied: “Let’s dispel this notion that the Democrats and the President did nothing. We (the House of Representatives) passed the DREAM Act in 2010, and the Senate passed the DREAM Act. But only because the Republicans insisted on using the filibuster did the DREAM Act not become law.”

“With the Democratic majority, that law would have been the law of the land,” the California lawmaker said.

In an email to Efe, Sharon J. Castillo, a consultant for the Romney campaign, said that it is Obama who is resorting to “fear tactics,” and she accused him of “distorting” the remarks of the Republican candidate.

“If we’re still talking about immigration reform today it’s because of the lack of leadership of President Obama and an unfulfilled promise for Hispanics,” she said.

On Tuesday night, Romney repeated his support for broadening the system of visas for foreigners with university diplomas in science and mathematics, halting illegal immigration because there are already 4 million people waiting for a visa and zero “amnesty” for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

With regard to undocumented students, Romney said that he supports legalizing their status by having them serve in the military and he repeated that Obama did not fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to present an immigration reform package.

Obama, who is leading Romney among Latinos who say they intend to vote, enumerated his achievements in the immigration area, including accelerating legal procedures for visas, strengthening border security and deporting immigrants with criminal records.

He also emphasized his Deferred Action initiative, which suspends for two years the deportation of “DREAMers,” undocumented students whose immigration status would be legalized if Congress were to approve the DREAM Act.

After criticizing the measure as merely a stopgap, Romney said two weeks ago that he would honor Deferred Action for those who had already obtained it, and he added that before the measure expires in two years a permanent solution would be in place.

Erika Andiola, who took advantage of the Deferred Action program, was present at the debate and, in a telephone interview with Efe, she said she heard “nothing new because the two campaigns keep accusing each other.”

“Yes, it offended me that Romney keeps calling us illegals, and that shows how disconnected he is from our situation. Obama has deported more than 1 million people, but at least he has given us this temporary measure while he’s looking for something permanent,” she said.

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Mexico Arrests 7 Federal Officials for Aiding Sinaloa Cartel

Mexican authorities announced the arrest of seven federal government employees who allegedly aided and abetted the Sinaloa drug cartel, headed by notorious fugitive Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.

In a press conference Wednesday, the head of the Seido organized crime unit of the Attorney General’s Office, Jose Cuitlahuac Salinas, said three of the detainees worked for Seido and another for the Supreme Court.

He only identified two of the suspects: Supreme Court employee Juan Carlos de la Barrera Vite and the Seido’s Manuel Arroyo Hernandez, who, according to two protected witnesses, told the cartel he had a close relationship with Attorney General Marisela Morales.

“It’s obvious that’s a lie,” Salinas said, noting that corrupt public servants often claim to have close ties with top public officials and access to privileged information.

In August, the Supreme Court announced the arrest of De la Barrera Vite - who worked for Justice Sergio Valls - for alleged links to the Sinaloa cartel.

It said then that at no time was that institution’s “sensitive information” or substantive work compromised and noted that in recent years the suspect only performed administrative tasks in the personnel area.

On Tuesday, the Reforma newspaper reported that the Sinaloa cartel had infiltrated Siedo by purportedly paying several employees to provide information on investigations into the cartel.

Salinas said Wednesday that a probe launched in February led to the arrest of the seven suspects.

Referring to the purported arrest last Friday of Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, El Chapo Guzman’s daughter, while she was attempting to cross from Tijuana, Mexico, into San Diego, California, Salinas said U.S. authorities have not officially communicated anything to their Mexican counterparts.

El Chapo Guzman, who escaped from a maximum-security prison in January 2001 and remains at large, appears on Forbes magazine’s list of global billionaires.

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Porn Star Isabel Sarli Named Argentina Ambassador of Pop Culture

Porn Star Isabel Sarli Named Argentina Ambassador of Pop Culture

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Known as the first Argentina woman to appear full nude in a film, 77-year-old soft-core porn star Isabel Sarli has just been named the country’s official ambassador of pop culture.

Born Hilda Isabel Gorrindo Sarli Tito in 1935, Sarli was crowned Miss Argentina in 1955. She went on to use her good looks and hourglass figure in more than 30 sexploitation films, which made her an international Latin American star.

ImageSarli has filmed in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela, with some of her films even attracting attention in the U.S. across the pond in the European countries.

On October 12, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner officially named Sarli Argentina’s Ambassador of Popular Cultural, saying, “Isabel Sarli is considered a true representative of the national culture, as much for her acting skills in films as for being considered a popular icon of her day and an emblematic figure of Argentine cinema.”

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Grammy Award Winning Artist Draco Rosa is Cancer Free

Grammy Award Winning Artist Draco Rosa is Cancer Free

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Puerto Rican singer Draco Rosa is cancer-free after more than 18 months of treatment, his representative, Angelo Medina, announced Wednesday.

“Today, after almost two years, we’re celebrating his complete recovery from this devastating illness,” Medina said.

Draco Rosa announced in April 2011 that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma near his liver and he began undergoing treatment in a specialized medical center.

Medina said that he was “really thrilled and proud to see the poise and courage with which Draco faced this disease.”

“Basically, two years have passed in which he grew as a human being and we’ve seen how this man, so full of feeling, has been like the best gladiator. He’s a warrior,” Medina emphasized.

The singer of “Esto es vida,” “Reza por mi,” “Frio,” “Vagabundo” and “Blanca mujer” and the composer of hits for Ricky Martin, will release his latest album - “Vida” - in February 2013.

The new album will include duets with artists such as Juanes, Shakira, Martin, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Ruben Blades, Andres Calamaro, Enrique Bunbury, Marc Anthony, Romeo, Jose Feliciano, Ednita Nazario, Tego Calderon, Calle 13 and Mana.

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President-elect Peña Nieto Will Fly in Style with $139 Million Plane

President-elect Peña Nieto Will Fly in Style with $139 Million Plane

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The Mexican government has confirmed the purchase of a more than $100 million plane for the country’s new president.

President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto will be flying in style when his plane is completed in 2014. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft was designed to carry between 250 and 290 passengers.

The current presidential plane carries far fewer passengers than the new Dreamliner, but also cost far less.

When the plane President Calderon is currently using was purchased, it cost roughly $43 million. The 787-9 costs $139 million or 1,781,027,600.36 pesos. On top of that, the Ecuador Times is reporting an estimated $100 million in safety and interior equipment will be added.

In addition to the presidential plane, AeroMexico has reportedly negotiated an order of 90 737-8 aircrafts and 10 of the 787 models.

Peña Nieto will officially take office on December 1, 2012.

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Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez Named 2013 Rose Parade Queen

Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez Named 2013 Rose Parade Queen

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The 2013 Rose Parade Queen was chosen over the weekend, and high school senior Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez now carries the title.

The petite animal lover from Pasadena attends Mayfield Senior School and is a community volunteer, who says her parents are her inspiration. Her father, Armando Manjarrez, emigrated from Mexico City to Pasadena as a young adult. Manjarrez’s parents now own Language Systems, five schools in the Los Angeles area that teach English as a second language.

Manjarrez, 17, beat out six other “princesses” to be named the 95th Rose Queen on Tuesday at the Tournament House lawn.

Her volunteer work with the National Charity League, the Pasadena Humane Society, the Pasadena Senior Center and Villa Esperanza, as well as her “exuberant personality” are what set her above the rest, said Joan Madsen, a director of the Tournament of Roses Association board and chair of Queen and Court.

Manjarrez is also a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. When in college, she hopes to study business and science – stem cell research and genetics are among her specific interests.  Her hobbies include traveling and volunteering.

As queen, Manjarrez will reign over the festivities at the 2013 Tournament of Roses, which will close with the 124th Rose Parade and the 99th Rose Bowl Game. This year, the parade’s theme is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. The name comes from the iconic Dr. Seuss book often given to graduating students of those entering new phases of their lives.

The 2012 Rose Queen was Drew Washington, now a freshman at NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality.

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Juan Urrita Killed By Swarm of Bees While Mowing Lawn

Juan Urrita Killed By Swarm of Bees While Mowing Lawn

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A Texas family is devastated after losing a father of four in a terrible tragedy.

Juan Urrita, 65, was mowing his family’s yard in Bexar County last Thursday when police believe the vibration and noise of the riding mower disturbed and agitated a swarm of bees that had created a hive in a rarely viewed side of the house.

The bees quickly swarmed Urrita and his brother Frank who was also working in the yard. The brothers, who were now both retired, were both stung, but Juan Urrita was stung numerous times. By the time paramedics arrived, Urrita was no longer breathing, as his airway had closed up.

Though he was rushed to the hospital he did not survive, and family learned of his death as they arrived at the hospital.

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Hard Rock Hotel In Cancun Grand Opening Bash, Wilmer Valderrama to Host Pool Party

Hard Rock Hotel In Cancun Grand Opening Bash, Wilmer Valderrama to Host Pool Party

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Hard Rock Hotel Cancun Rocks Out Oct. 18-21, 2012 with Unmatched All Inclusive Amenities, Award Winning Entertainment and Exclusive Access Behind the Velvet Rope

Still rockin’ from the buzz surrounding the opening of Mexico’s first Hard Rock Hotel in August – Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta – the All Inclusive Collection proudly announces the official grand opening party for Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. Guests take part in the ultimate debut, Oct. 18-21, 2012 with exclusive entertainment from the internationally renowned band the Goo Goo Dolls and Grammy nominated sensation Flo Rida , receiving an all-access, VIP pass to experience three days of all-inclusive music, memories and memorabilia.

“We are thrilled to announce what we know will be the party of the year for the official grand opening of Hard Rock Hotel Cancun,” said All Inclusive Collection President, Roberto Chapur . “Hard Rock Hotel Cancun is one of only three all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in the world – with a fourth on the way in 2013. With fine execution, custom memorabilia and unmatched guest services, we look forward to providing truly unique all-day, all-night, all-inclusive experiences for guests of all ages.”

Kicking off the festivities, attendees style it up for a cause at the PINKTOBER™ Fashion Show and dinner, featuring all pink clothing created by Mexican designers, plus a silent auction benefiting Hard Rock International’s 13th annual PINKTOBER™ breast cancer awareness campaign. The evening continues with a beach performance from Flo Rida and after party featuring international DJ Fabien Koufach. Friday’s activity packed grand opening extravaganza opens with executive interview opportunities at the Grand Opening Media Breakfast, followed by poolside live music throughout the afternoon. As night falls, the celebration kicks into high gear with a star studded Red Carpet and the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun Grand Opening Concert, where 2012 Hard Rock Rising winners Hey Monae! open the stage for the biggest event of the weekend as the Goo Goo Dolls bring down the house. Following the concert, DJ Aliyo takes over on the turntables, dropping beats at the VIP After Party as hotel guests and stars dance the night away. The after-after party continues the next day with the ultimate pool party hosted by That 70’s Show star Wilmer Valderrama , featuring sounds by DJ Dhanai followed by the Farewell BBQ later that evening.

Exclusively designed by Gettys, an award winning, creative and innovative team of hospitality experts, Hard Rock Hotel Cancun immediately transports guests into the edgy, rockstar vibe featuring a signature “Welcome to the Jungle” theme. The larger than life guitar-shaped driveway provides the ultimate VIP entrance, followed by the lobby’s neon-lit glass staircase, sheer metallic curtains and dramatic lighting to enhance the custom rockstar memorabilia lining the walls, showcasing signature pieces from Paul McCartney , Melissa Etheridge , Shakira, Alice in Chains and more! All-inclusive amenities include luxury accommodations, in-room double Jacuzzis, fine dining, top-shelf drinks, 24-hour room service and live entertainment. The 12-story beachfront hotel, boasts 601 guest rooms including ocean or lagoon views and balconies to enjoy the cool tropic breeze. Guests relax at expansive infinity pools, three Jacuzzis including two on the raised infinity terrace or at the signature Rock Spa® where zen meets Zeppelin at the six outdoor palapa style massage rooms. Active guests enjoy an array of all-inclusive amenities including a fully equipped Body Rock® fitness center, sporting games and nightly entertainment at the new outdoor amphitheatre. Dining delights include five acclaimed international restaurants and five bars and lounges.

To book a vacation experience at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, visit www.hrhcancun.com.

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Pasadena City Council Passes Latino Heritage Month Resolution

Pasadena City Council Passes Latino Heritage Month Resolution

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In a historic vote, the Pasadena City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring that each year from September 15 through October 15, the City of Pasadena will celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month.

The resolution was first introduced by Stella Murga, spokesperson for the Pasadena Latino Coalition (PLC), a broad-based alliance of local nonprofit and grassroots civic organizations, with the support of diverse community groups at the October 1st council meeting.

The resolution comes at a significant time in the City’s history, as both the City Council and Pasadena Unified School District have worked to ensure fair representation of the area’s Latino population, and the increased recognition of the role Latinos have played in the history of Pasadena. “This resolution is a good way of recognizing and celebrating the many contributions Latinos have made and make everyday to this country and this city,” said Stella Murga.

This victory also comes on the eve of the Pasadena Latino Coalition’s first year anniversary. In 2011, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) convened a coalition of Pasadena organizations that serve the Latino community, and thus the PLC came to be. The Coalition has been meeting regularly for over a year to move PLC’s strategy forward, which is to seek social justice and fair representation for the Latino community in the greater Pasadena area.

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Down to Six

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Down to Six

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World Cup qualifying for teams from North American, Central America and the Caribbean started with 35 countries. Now there are only six teams battling for 3.5 berths to earn a spot in Brazil in 2014.

Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the United States are the countries that remain. Starting next February the six teams will play each other twice in a home and home that will go until October 2013. After ten matches, the top three teams in the group will punch their ticket to Brazil. The fourth place team will play a two-leg playoff against the first place team from Oceania in November (likely New Zeeland).

Mexico is currently the team to beat in the continent. Their young players are growing up and building great chemistry together.

The United States struggled in the last phase of qualifying as they continue to rebuild and find the right combination of players.

The other four countries have players that play their club soccer around the world. They have a great home field advantage, which is something that CONCACAF is known for.

There’s a lot of time before matches resume, but it is sure to be an interesting fight to make the 2014 World Cup.

Written by HS News Sportswriter:  Nate Jacobson

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Gunbattle in Dominican Republic Between German Citizen and Police Leaves 1 Dead and 3 Injured

Gunbattle in Dominican Republic Between German Citizen and Police Leaves 1 Dead and 3 Injured

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A German citizen was killed and three police officers wounded Wednesday in a gunbattle in the northern coastal town of Sosua, Dominican authorities said.

The fatality, identified as Peter Demetrick, was wearing a bulletproof vest and shot at police and prosecutors when they arrived at a residence in the La Mulata III development to conduct a court-ordered search.

Demetrick and several other foreign nationals arrested after the shootout were part of “a violent group that operates in Europe,” police said in a statement.

Police and prosecutors went to the residence at 8:30 a.m. to search for weapons, but were greeted by gunfire and “found themselves obliged to repel the aggression,” according to the statement.

Demetrick and three cops were wounded and the German subsequently died while being treated at a hospital.

Once inside the residence, police found an arms cache that included two U.S. military M-16 combat rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and seven more bulletproof vests.

The occupants of the home also had an armored vehicle, police said.

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Authorities to Exhume Parents of Dead Zeta Boss to Confirm ID

Authorities to Exhume Parents of Dead Zeta Boss to Confirm ID

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Authorities will exhume the bodies of the parents of Los Zetas drug cartel boss Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano to confirm that the man killed 10 ago in a shootout with marines was the notorious kingpin, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.

The graves are in the central state of Hidalgo, where Lazcano was born in 1975, the head of the AG office’s organized-crime division, Jose Cuitlahuac Salinas, said.

Genetic samples from the parents’ bodies will be compared with those taken from the man thought to be Lazcano before his body was snatched from the morgue by gunmen, Salinas said.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon confirmed last Tuesday that the person who died in an Oct. 7 gunbattle with marines in the northern state of Coahuila was the feared Zetas boss, known as “El Lazca.”

Lazcano’s identity was determined using fingerprints and photographs.

But the height of the man killed in Coahuila was different from that listed on Lazcano’s records, raising doubts in Mexican society about whether the government got the right man.

It “has not been possible” to track down Lazcano’s sisters, Salinas said Wednesday, forcing authorities to try to obtain DNA samples from the remains of the kingpin’s long-dead parents.

Calderon and the marines, who left the body in the custody of Coahuila state authorities before they realized the identity of the dead man, insist he was indeed Lazcano.

The Mexican and U.S. governments had offered rewards of $2.3 million and $5 million, respectively, for information leading to the capture of El Lazca.

Lazcano deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit.

The shootout that killed Lazcano occurred a day after marines captured Zetas regional boss Salvador Alfonso Martinez, who allegedly ordered the killings of more than 300 people, including 72 migrants massacred in 2010 in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account in early 2010 and now control several lucrative territories.

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Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes Celebrate 2012 Latin Grammy Nominations

Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes Celebrate 2012 Latin Grammy Nominations

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Juanes and Juan Luis Guerra celebrated their Latin Grammy nominations in Miami after a joint project that came to fruition in the Colombian artist’s album “Tr3s Presents Juanes: MTV Unplugged.”

In an exclusive interview with Efe, Juanes and Guerra said they were very grateful for the many Latin Grammy nominations they had received.

Nominated for Album of the Year and Best Long Form Video, Record of the Year and Song of the Year - for the cut “Azul Sabina,” Juanes said that the rapport he enjoys with Guerra and the creative freedom in the project were key to the success of “MTV Unplugged” in terms of the nominations it received.

He recalled the first time that his Dominican colleague began recording the album, for which Guerra is the producer, last year.

“Juan Luis came to the rehearsal and said I’m not going to talk, I’m not going to do anything, I’m just going to record. You play what you’re going to play,” commented Juanes, who was surprised and performed about 24 songs.

“Right from the start, to be very clear, this project was born out of love and that was the line that guided the entire process of creativity and rehearsals,” he added.

While the pair are awaiting the Nov. 15 Latin Grammy gala in Las Vegas, they both are releasing details about the joint concert they will give at New York City’s Barclays Center on Nov. 24.

Each performer will sing his best numbers and they said they “hoped” the concert would spark interest in a joint tour next year.

The concert and possible tour are the product of the great chemistry between the two men that crystallized in an album like “MTV Unplugged,” which Juanes described as being full of “incredible and very refreshing” songs.

Among the numbers that became part of the album are “Fijate Bien,” “Nada valgo sin tu amor,” “Es por ti,” “A Dios le pido,” “Volverte a ver,” “La camisa negra,” “Me enamora” and “Hoy me voy,” performed with Brazilian singer Paula Fernandes, among others.

And to the surprise of many, the song “Azul Sabina” has made it big. The number was written by Juanes, Guerra and Spanish singer-songwriter Joaquin Sabina.

Meanwhile, Guerra took advantage of the occasion to thank the Latin Recording Academy for the opportunity to become the artist with the most Latin Grammy nominations.

Besides the ones he shares with Juanes for “MTV Unplugged,” Guerra has collected a total of six nominations, including Producer of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year for “En el cielo no hay hospital.”

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Bolivian President Thanks Queen Sofia For Spanish Aid in Education, Health

Bolivian President Thanks Queen Sofia For Spanish Aid in Education, Health

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Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday thanked Spain’s Queen Sofia for Madrid’s help in improving health and education in Bolivia, expressed confidence that this would continue in the future and reconfirmed that he will attend the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz, which will be held in mid-November.

In addition, in a relaxed tone he admitted that he is a big soccer fan and commented that he would like to be able to accept King Juan Carlos’ invitation to attend - along with the monarch - a match in Spain between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Morales on Tuesday at the Government Palace welcomed the queen at the start of her four-day visit to the South American country and they examined the prospects for cooperation in areas such as extending Bolivia’s health care and potable water network, improving education and professional training and the development of good administrative practices, sources with the Spanish delegation said.

After their meeting, Queen Sofia and Morales presided in the Hall of Mirrors over the signing of a memorandum of understanding that will allow Bolivia to host an exhibit of coins minted in Potosi that were part of the treasure on board the sunken Spanish frigate Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes found and salvaged by the U.S. firm Odyssey but later recovered in court by Madrid.

Bolivian Culture Minister Pablo Groux and the Spanish secretary of state for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, Jesus Gracia, signed the memorandum, which opens the door for the Casa de la Moneda in Potosi to display for public viewing the coins once they have been properly cleaned, restored and catalogued in Spain.

Gracia said before the signing that the accord will authorize the joint use of the coins, which are defined as “a cultural element shared by Bolivia, Spain and other Ibero-American countries” and which will be given over in the future to “museum use,” through temporary loans and jointly organized exhibits.

Meanwhile, Groux officially expressed Bolivia’s pleasure at having the opportunity to reward the Casa de la Moneda for the wealth that it contributed to other parts of the world while the region was a Spanish colony, and he emphasized that the agreement will allow the two countries and the two governments to restore their history “with honesty, dignity and equity.”

The two nations thus reached a negotiated solution to the Bolivian government’s demands that Spain return the coins, which amount to about 6 percent of the 600,000 recovered by the U.S. salvage firm from the wreck of the Spanish frigate, which sank in 1804 off the coast of Portugal after setting sail from the Viceroyalty of Peru.

The “La Mercedes” treasure was recovered by Spain after a long legal battle with the U.S. company when U.S. federal Judge Mark Pizzo - who was presiding in the case in a Tampa, Florida, court - in late February 2012 ruled that the Spanish state was entitled to recover the 17 tons of silver and gold coins, among other objects of value and historical interest salvaged from the underwater wreck.

The queen also went to the National Museum of Art to examine firsthand the works on display in its colonial halls, to receive information about the construction work to expand the museum, a project that is being financed by Spain’s international cooperation agency, and to chat with students from La Paz’s Escuela Taller, who waited to welcome her at the museum’s entrance.

The queen’s schedule for the day will conclude at the Government Palace, where Morales - who presented his royal guest with several examples of indigenous textile work, among them a jacket bearing the queen’s name - will host a dinner in her honor.

Madrid wants to make clear on this royal visit that Bolivia will remain a priority recipient of Spanish cooperation, despite the 22.69 percent cut in bilateral aid to the Andean country compared to 2011 as a result of the government’s budget adjustment, a move that reduces the annual volume of those funds to 32.7 million euros (about $43 million).

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ThursdayOctober 18, 2012