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FridayDecember 28, 2012

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Nadal Suffering from Stomach Flu, Will Miss Australian Open

Nadal Suffering from Stomach Flu, Will Miss Australian Open

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World No. 4 Rafael Nadal said Friday that a stomach flu will prevent him from taking part in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

The Spaniard, sidelined since June with a knee injury, had planned to return to competition in this week’s exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, but the intestinal virus forced him to bow out.

Besides the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 14, Nadal will miss next week’s Qatar Open.

Doctors told the tennis great he needed at least a week to recover from the virus.

“I always said that my return to competition will be when I am in the right conditions to play,” he said. “And after all this time away from the courts, I’d rather not accelerate the comeback and prefer to do things well,” Nadal said in a statement.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion said he expects to take part in the Acapulco Open, starting Feb. 27, but may return earlier if he feels ready.

“We consider not appropriate to play the Australian Open since we will not have enough preparation for a greater competition which is a Grand Slam tournament,” Rafa’s coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, said in the statement. “It is simply not conceivable that his first event is a best of five sets event, he wouldn’t be ready for that.”

Nadal began the summer of 2012 on a high note by capturing a record 7th French Open title with a victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final, but he has not played since a shocking second-round loss at Wimbledon.

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Venzuela’s Ailing President Sends End of Year Message to Military

Venzuela’s Ailing President Sends End of Year Message to Military

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who remains in Cuba recovering from his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, had his vice president deliver a year-end message to the Andean nation’s military on Friday.

“I raise my voice to transmit to the comrades of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces the renewed and fraternal testimonial of respect, admiration, gratitude and affection of the heroic people of Simon Bolivar,” Nicolas Maduro said at a ceremony in the eastern city of Barcelona, reading from the president’s missive.

“Here ... in revolutionary Cuba, I feel full of faith in Christ the Redeemer, in his infinite mercy,” Chavez wrote. “Full of faith in the love of our people who heal me with their prayers and blessings every day, full of faith in the commitment and the loyalty that the revolutionary armed forces are showing me in this so complex and difficult time.”

The 58-year-old former paratrooper also hailed what he described as the military’s leading role “in the collective construction of an ever more just society, a society in transition toward socialism.”

Maduro, accompanied in Barcelona by the entire Cabinet, reminded the Venezuelan armed forces of their “responsibility to ensure the peace and sovereignty of this sacred land.”

Chavez, who took office in 1999, was re-elected in October for another six-year term.

He was first diagnosed with cancer after complaining of pain in his pelvic region during a June 2011 official visit to Cuba. Since then, the former paratrooper has undergone four surgical procedures and courses of chemotherapy and radiation.

Venezuela’s opposition said Wednesday the official reports on Chavez’s condition are ambiguous and demanded the appointment of a board of physicians to certify that the president is fit to begin a new mandate.

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Spain Investigating Kidnapping, Murder of Toddler

Spain Investigating Kidnapping, Murder of Toddler

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Police in the southern Spanish province of Almeria are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of a 16-month-old girl found dead a week after she was kidnapped.

Jonathan Moya Gonzalez, 25, who had been in a relationship with the child’s mother, confessed to being the perpetrator of the kidnapping and the crime.

The little girl died from one or several blows to the head, a preliminary autopsy showed.

Sources close to the investigation said they are still awaiting other tissue analyses to establish the exact time the child died who was kidnapped on Dec. 20 when she was with her mother.

Moya, an ex-convict, was arrested Thursday at his family’s country house.

He confessed to killing the toddler, which led the way to finding the body in a pool of water, though he refused to say when and how he did it.

His confession also made it possible to arrest a friend of his who could have covered up the crime.

Authorities are continuing the investigation to try and establish the circumstances in which the crime was committed, as well as the perpetrator’s motive.

The pool of water in which the body was found is near an expressway service road.

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Blog del Narco: Cell of Zeta Cartel Members Arrested in Nuevo Leon

Blog del Narco: Cell of Zeta Cartel Members Arrested in Nuevo Leon

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Five members of the Zeta Cartel were arrested by the Highway Patrol and the State Investigation Agency, accused of having participated in the execution of 12 men and 10 women, who were mostly incinerated.

Jorge Domene, State Security spokesman, said at a press conference that the defendants murdered their victims between April and August, in the town of Anahuac.

The suspects confessed their involvement in violence and betrayed their leader, whom he identified only by the name of “Edu”.

With information provided to the authorities, ministerial agents arrested two more accomplices, but the leader of the cell remains at large.

Those arrested were identified as Alejandro Saldaña Ezaú Olvera, aka “The Tao”, 29, Carlos Arturo Escalante Bazaldua, “The Anahuac” and / or “The Arturin”, 26, Jesus or Jesus Mendoza Guadalupe Frias Frias Alejandro Lozano, “The Lupin”, “El Gordo”, “The Cochiloco”, “The Pig”, “The Cow”, 19.

The other detainees are Mario Vazquez Ramirez, “The Chester”, 20, and Francisco Javier Sánchez Robles, “El Chacho”, 32.

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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Venezuelan Web Comedy Series Features Nun Hearing Online Confessions

Venezuelan Web Comedy Series Features Nun Hearing Online Confessions

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A nun hearing confessions online? That’s the storyline of the irreverent comedy “Madre Mia!” written for the Web by Francisco Lupini.

The cast of “Madre Mia!” is made up of Latino actors based in New York, where this uninhibited series in Spanish with English subtitles is being filmed, and which, though it involves beliefs and devotions of the Catholic Church, by no means seeks to “annoy or ridicule believers,” Lupini told Efe.

The Venezuelan director said that it is rather about an “exchange of ideas” and that the church “would do well to keep up a little with the times.”

“It could be that this series opens a dialogue about the changes we believe necessary. We can only hope that this doesn’t reduce our work to ‘one more attack on the church’ because it goes far beyond that,” he said.

Starring veteran Spanish actress Soledad Lopez, the series revolves around Conchita, a nun who, desperate about the Vatican’s decision to close a number of convents due to the economic crisis, tries to raise money to save hers.

But when she fails, she drinks all the wine in the sacristy to find a little peace, and that same night God appears to her to give her “a holy task upon which the destiny of the earth depends:” to open her heart to the hearing of confessions.

But this strange Almighty in tropical garb - white pants and a patterned shirt - wants more, and asks her to hear confessions on the Internet as well.

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Mexico Exchanging Guns for Computers, Cash, Safety

Mexico Exchanging Guns for Computers, Cash, Safety

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Low-income familes in the crime-wracked Mexico City borough of Iztapalapa decided this year to trade in their old rifles, handguns and shotguns for laptop computers, bicycles, food or money through a government program.

Seniors, young people, housewives and even children have lined up at the exchange center, located in the “Señor de la Cuevita” (Our Lord of the Holy Sepulchre) Sanctuary to received the benefits of the program dubbed “For Your Family, Voluntary Disarmament.”

The campaign is promoted by municipal authorities, the Catholic Church and the Mexican army for the purpose of preventing another tragedy like the one that took place here last month.

Hendrick Cuacuas, 10, died Nov. 2 when a stray bullet shot through the roof of a movie theater in Iztapalapa hit him in the head.

“I’m here because I want a tablet for my daughters,” housewife Soledad Nuñez told Efe. “It’s bound to be of more use to us than having that thing (a homemade handgun), which can only do harm and could make problems for me if the cops find out I have it.”

Since the program was launched on Monday, a total of 220 weapons have been exchanged.

“We found this weapon (a carbine) in my father’s bedroom,” Gabriel Cortes, another Iztapalapa resident, told Efe.

“I’m grateful for this program and that’s why I’m bringing it in, to get rid of the kind of weapon that can do us a lot of harm, and after what happened in the United States we’re even more traumatized,” she said, referring to the massacre on Dec. 14 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where 27 people were gunned down, most of them children.

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Puerto Rico’s Hotel Occupancy at Almost 100% for the Holidays

Puerto Rico’s Hotel Occupancy at Almost 100% for the Holidays

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Puerto Rico will bid farewell to the last week of 2012 with its hotel occupancy rate at close to 100 percent, in a year when the sector saw an improvement over 2011 in both occupancy and price per room.

The president of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, Clarisa Jimenez, told Efe on Friday that a survey among her group’s members shows hotels almost full to capacity.

Jimenez said it is normal as a New Year approaches for Puerto Rico to welcome a large number of tourists, especially Americans, and noted that the hotels that are currently full tend to be in metropolitan San Juan, while outside the capital that is not so often the case.

“There has been an increase (in the occupancy rate) compared with last year,” Clarisa said, adding that the trend in recent years for room prices to decline has apparently turned around.

Figures from the Puerto Rico tourism agency for the first 10 months of 2012 put the Caribbean island’s hotel occupancy rate at 76.1 percent, with a spike in July to 86.7 percent.

In that same period in 2011, occupancy was at 73.7 percent.

Jimenez said that 2012 can be considered an altogether positive year, since it put an end to the trend of constantly falling room prices as seen over the past few years.

Every year Puerto Rico receives close to 1.5 million tourists, not counting those on cruises who come to the island for one-day stopovers and who raise the number to close to 4 million.

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Venezuela’s Carabobo Field Begins Oil Production

Venezuela’s Carabobo Field Begins Oil Production

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The first well in the Carabobo field of Venezuela’s oil-rich Orinoco Belt began pumping extra-heavy crude after a launch ceremony attended by the country’s energy minister and the CEO of Spain’s Repsol, a partner in the project.

Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez, who is also head of state oil giant PDVSA, and Repsol chief Antonio Brufau inaugurated production at Carabobo, the Spanish company said.

The well is projected to reach a maximum output of 400,000 barrels per day and plans call for the construction of a refinery nearby.

Operational control rests with Petrocarabobo, which is 60-percent held by PDVSA. Repsol, with a stake of 11 percent, is one of five partners.

“Part of the heavy crude from this project will be destined for Repsol’s Spanish refineries,” the company said.

Brufau and Ramirez also reviewed plans for the development of the massive Perla gas field in northwestern Venezuela, a reserve of roughly 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent, Repsol said.

The Spanish company discovered the gas in 2009 and development work began in late 2011.

President Hugo Chavez took the opportunity of a visit to Caracas by Brufau in August to stress the friendship between Venezuela and Repsol.

PDVSA calculates that only around 20 percent - some 300 billion barrels - of the estimated reserves in the Orinoco Belt can be extracted on commercially viable terms, but energy experts in the U.S. government suggest an extraction rate of 40 percent is possible.

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Brazilian Woman Who Auctioned Off Virginity Now Posing for Playboy

Brazilian Woman Who Auctioned Off Virginity Now Posing for Playboy

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Just two months ago, Brazilian Catarina Migliorini made headlines across the world when it was discovered she was auctioning off her virginity, allegedly for charity.

Now, after the top bid reached $780,000, the 20-year-old is heading to Playboy.

With no apparent intention to pose for charity, Brazil’s Entretenimiento website is reporting Migliorini’s photos will appear in the January issue of Brazilian Playboy.

As for her “deflowering,” it apparently has yet to occur.

The whole auction was part of Australian filmmaker Justin Sisley’s documentary in which he followed Migliorini and a male virgin during the process of auctioning off their virginity.

A spokesperson for Sisely recently told the Huffington Post, ‘Things changed a lot as the documentary progressed. Other things are still in the works. For now, the project is on hold and as everyone is closing down for Christmas, we are in limbo until the New Year.’

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2013 Will be “Tough Year” for Spain, Says PM

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday that economically ailing Spain has “a very tough year” ahead of it in 2013.

“The economy will continue in recession for some time,” the conservative prime minister said at a press conference where he looked back on his first year in office.

“We are confident that in the last part of 2013 we will be able to give positive news, which will be even more positive in 2014,” Rajoy said.

Calling for unity, he urged Spaniards to join forces “to avoid everything that distracts us from emerging from the (economic) crisis.”

The prime minister said that for the moment, Madrid has no plans to ask the European Central Bank to intervene in the secondary market through the purchase of Spanish government bonds, though he did not rule out making such a request in the future.

The ECB’s willingness to take steps to stabilize the sovereign debt market demonstrates “the irreversibility of the euro,” Rajoy said.

The emergency measures and ambitious reforms his government enacted over the last 12 months have established “the fundamental pillars” of economic recovery, the premier said.

“We are aware that we have asked the Spanish people for a very great effort, but it was unavoidable,” he said.

In 2013, the government will remain focused on reducing Spain’s budget deficit and restructuring a banking sector reeling from the collapse of a decade-long real estate boom, Rajoy said.

The aim of the policies is to spur growth and job creation, the prime minister said.

Spain’s unemployment rate now stands at more than 25 percent, representing 5.7 million people out of work.

Asked if he expects the jobless ranks to reach 6 million next year, Rajoy said he and administration are working to prevent that outcome.

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Univision Wins Wednesday Night Ratings War

Univision Wins Wednesday Night Ratings War

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The Univision network managed to edge out all other networks to top the ratings on Wednesday in a key demographic group.

Univision won the advertiser-favorite demographic of 18-49-year-olds., with the major win due in large part to being the only network airing new content while others aired reruns.

In total viewers however, the Spanish-language network came in third behind CBS and NBC.

In the key demographic (18-49,) Univision was followed by CBS, NBC, ABC, then Fox.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Univision is poised to finish the year as the No. 4 television network among adults 18-34, ahead of CBS and all cable networks, moving it up from No. 5 in 2011.

Also, for the sixth consecutive year, the Spanish-language network is set to finish as the No. 1 network on Friday nights among Adults 18-34 – ahead of its closest competitor, NBC by 31%.  Univision set to finish as the No. 4 network among Adult 18-34 audience, beating CBS and all cable networks during broadcast primetime – up from fifth place a year ago. With two times more Adults 18-34 viewers, Univision has also outperformed the CW every single year since 2006 in broadcast primetime.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Assaulted Wife After She Caught Him “FB Stalking” His Ex

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Assaulted Wife After She Caught Him “FB Stalking” His Ex

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Facebook is once again at the center of yet another domestic dispute. This time, however, the social mid website was only the beginning.

Minnesota man, Eustaquio Israel Morales- Hernandez, was doing a little “Facebook stalking” of his ex-girlfriend when his wife entered the room and quickly noticed he was looking at the other woman’s photos.

Angry, Morales-Hernandez’s wife told him his ex looks like a man. Rather than keep quiet and nod in agreement to appease his current flame, Morales-Hernadez lashed out, telling his wife she looked like a cow.

According to police, the argument escalated from there as the name-calling continued. The wife called her husband a “Mexican burrito” and an “illegal alien,” while he called her an elephant.

The argument soon turned physical, with Morales-Hernandez throwing things at his wife like a bag of sugar and cans of food. The wife called police after one of the cans hit her in the face. Her husband told officers he’d rather go to jail than be at home with her.

For at least the second time this year, Morales-Hernandez was arrested on a charge of domestic assault.

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Pique’s Birth Announcement Only an Innocents’ Day Joke

Pique’s Birth Announcement Only an Innocents’ Day Joke

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Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique played an Innocents’ Day joke on his 4.7 million followers on Twitter with a message early Friday announcing the birth of the baby he was having with singer Shakira, only to acknowledge hours later it was a joke.

Day of the Innocents, observed Dec. 28, is the April Fool’s Day of the Spanish-speaking world.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, Pique tweeted, “Our son has been born! We are very happy! Thanks to all for your messages!”

In no time the announcement of the birth was re-tweeted and the news reached a number of online news media in Spain and Latin America, though they received the news with a certain caution due to the date and above all because of the FC Barcelona player’s reputation as a joker.

And so it was. Soon after noon on Friday, the boyfriend of Colombian singer Shakira sent another tweet to clear up the situation about the birth of their firstborn: “It has a name! His name is Innocent! Happy Innocents’ Day to all!”

The couple’s child is due in February.

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Mexican Left Question Chinese-backed Commercial Project in Cancun

Leftist lawmakers have joined forces with business leaders in demanding that officials not issue building permits for a vast Chinese-backed commercial project in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancun.

Ads placed Wednesday in several newspapers and signed by Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, legislators called for the Dragon Mart shopping center to be scrapped.

Plans call for building 722 housing units for 5,000 Chinese workers who will be employed at the shopping center in the first phase of the project, with later expansions adding “up to 2,500 housing units that will hold 10,000 Chinese citizens,” the PRD legislators said.

The shopping center will display and sell Chinese goods, business leaders said.

The project is expected to cost between $180 million and $200 million, business leaders said.

Mexican investors have a 90 percent interest in the consortium building the shopping center, while Chinamex, a company registered in the Netherlands, has a 10 percent stake, press reports said.

Developers’ plans call for the shopping center to be operated by a Chinese company once it is completed.

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Border Patrol Nabs 2 for Illegal Re-Entry: MS-13 Gang Member, Sex Offender

Border Patrol Nabs 2 for Illegal Re-Entry: MS-13 Gang Member, Sex Offender

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In two separate incidents, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station apprehended a registered sex offender, and a Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) gang member.

The first incident occurred on December 24, at approximately 4 a.m., when agents encountered a 26-year-old Honduran Citizen near the United States/Mexico international border east of the Calexico port of entry. Record checks later revealed that the man is a registered sex offender and was previously convicted of felony kidnapping in 2004 in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

The second incident occurred on December 25, at approximately 4 a.m., when agents encountered a 23-year-old, Salvadorian citizen near the United States/Mexico international border east of the Calexico port of entry. Records checks revealed that the man is a member of the MS-13 criminal organization.

The U.S. Border Patrol will seek prosecution on both individuals for illegal re-entry into the United States.

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Ecuadorian Soccer Star Jefferson Montero Looking to Return to Spain

Ecuadorian Soccer Star Jefferson Montero Looking to Return to Spain

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Jefferson Montero, an Ecuadorian midfielder with Mexico’s Morelia, said he wanted to return to play in Spain, where he was a member of Real Betis from 2009 to 2012.

“My desire has always been to return to Europe,” Montero told reporters.

The midfielder, who played in Mexico’s Apertura tournament, said he was “happy and good with Morelia,” but he acknowledged that if another opportunity presented itself to return to Europe, “you have to take it.”

“I have to wait a few days to see what happens” in 2013, Montero said.

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Mexico Preserves Cultural History With New Museum Collections

Mexico Preserves Cultural History With New Museum Collections

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The year now drawing to a close witnessed the renovation of a number of historic structures that now house museums, making room for new collections, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said.

Cultural authorities also created new venues, including the Museo Maya in Cancun, which holds 350 archeological treasures.

In the southern state of Oaxaca, repair work was completed on a 16th-century monastery converted to a museum, while restorers made significant progress on two other colonial-era cloisters.

Fort San Juan de Ulua, located on the Gulf coast, was reopened last month after extensive renovations to the Governor’s House, which once served as the residence of President Benito Juarez and is now home to the new Archaeological Museum of Veracruz.

Mexico City’s Museo de El Carmen, located in a 450-year-old convent, was also restored in 2012.

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Latin America News: Brazilian Set for 3rd Nuclear Power Plant

Latin America News: Brazilian Set for 3rd Nuclear Power Plant

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Brazilian state-owned utility Eletrobras said Thursday that it secured an additional 3.8 billion reais ($1.85 billion) in financing for its third nuclear-power plant, Angra 3.

The loan from public bank Caixa Economica Federal has a 20-year term and an interest rate of 6.5 percent, Eletrobras said in a regulatory filing.

Eletrobras earlier borrowed 6.1 billion reais ($2.97 billion) from Brazil’s state development bank, BNDES, to fund the new 1,405 MW plant.

Scheduled to come on line in July 2016, Angra 3 is now under construction in Angra dos Reis, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Rio de Janeiro.

The same city hosts both of Brazil’s existing nuclear plants: Angra 1 and Angra 2.

Eletrobras subsidiary Eletronuclear estimates the total cost of building Angra 3 will reach 10 billion reais ($4.88 billion).

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Julio Iglesias Set to Sing with Haiti President Martelly in Dominican Republic Benefit

Julio Iglesias Set to Sing with Haiti President Martelly in Dominican Republic Benefit

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Haitian President Michel Martelly will get back in touch with his musical roots when he joins Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias on stage for a benefit concert in the Dominican Republic.

“Sweet Micky” Martelly, a music icon in Haiti before he entered politics, will perform two songs with Iglesias, concert promoter George Nader told Dominican media on Thursday.

The show is set for Friday in Altos de Chavon and the proceeds will help fund the charitable activities coordinated by the office of Haitian first lady Sophia Martelly.

Nader said Martelly has repeatedly indicated an interest in performing with Julio Iglesias, one of the first international artists to visit Haiti after the devastating January 2010 earthquake that claimed some 300,000 lives.

“The idea of inviting him (Martelly) came from Julio Iglesias,” the promoter told Efe.

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Spain Arrests Halloween Party Organizer Following Deaths of 5 People

Spain Arrests Halloween Party Organizer Following Deaths of 5 People

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On Thursday, Spanish police arrested the owner of the company behind a giant Halloween party in Madrid that ended with a human stampede resulting in five deaths.

Miguel Angel Flores was detained because of the risk he might flee to avoid prosecution, police sources told Efe.

The tragedy at Madrid Arena provoked a public outcry that has forced the resignation of the city councilman responsible for overseeing the facility and spurred a criminal probe.

Investigators have determined that Flores’ company sold 16,791 tickets for the Halloween party, far beyond the occupancy limit of 10,600 people set by the arena management. Another 3,000 or so revelers either snuck in without paying or were admitted as guests of the DJs hired for the bash.

All five of the fatalities were young women, including 20-year-old Maria Teresa Alonso, who passed away at the end of November after spending nearly a month in a coma.

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Border Patrol Captures Mexican National Wanted for Murder in Phoenix

Border Patrol Captures Mexican National Wanted for Murder in Phoenix

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A Mexican national wanted on an active felony warrant for murder was apprehended Saturday by Border Patrol agents from the Douglas Station.

Agents apprehended Narcizo Yepiz-Urrea, 29, for being illegally present in the United States. During processing, however, they discovered he was wanted in Phoenix on first-degree murder charges.

Yepiz-Urrea was turned over to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office to await extradition by U.S. Marshals.

The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), used to conduct criminal and immigration checks, allows Border Patrol agents to quickly identify and classify criminal offenders and wanted persons. IAFIS ensures offenders face an appropriate law-enforcement resolution and penalized to the fullest extent of the law.

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Brand Spain, Spanish Public Broadcaster to Promote Spanish Image

The government’s high commissioner for Brand Spain and the head of public broadcaster RTVE signed an agreement here Thursday to cooperate in promoting the image of the Iberian nation.

Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros said he was confident the accord would contribute to the dissemination of all the “positive attributes” of Brand Spain.

“If we want to project an image of Spain as a modern, committed and supportive country, we have to make a great effort for Spaniards to feel the pride of belonging to this country, to know what its merits are, what are the elements they can feel proud of,” the high commissioner said.

Speaking for RTVE, President Leopoldo Gonzalez-Echenique stressed the broadcaster’s commitment to “promote Spanish interests abroad and to disseminate (Spain’s) historical, cultural, entrepreneurial and social legacy.”

The agreement calls for RTVE to place at the disposal of the Brand Spain organization both content and platforms, including the broadcaster’s Web page and its international radio and television channels.

The Brand Spain office earlier entered into a similar pact with Agencia Efe, Spain’s international news agency.

Espinosa de los Monteros’ mission is to raise Spain’s profile internationally and to spread knowledge of his country’s new political, social and cultural reality.

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