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TuesdayMarch 5, 2013

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2013: Real Madrid Beats Man U, Move on to Quarters

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2013: Real Madrid Beats Man U, Move on to Quarters

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Goals by Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League knockout clash, allowing the Blancos to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

The two clubs played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Sebastian Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.

Both of the visitors’ goals on Tuesday came after United’s Nani was ejected on a straight red card in the 56th minute for a collision with Alvaro Arbeloa.

The referee’s decision infuriated Sir Alex Ferguson and the home crowd at Old Trafford, which had been elated a few minutes earlier when United took a 1-0 lead on an own goal by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.

Blancos coach Jose Mourinho said after the game that Man United was really the better team on Tuesday.

“Independent of the decision (of the referee), the best team lost. We didn’t deserve to win but football is like this,” he told the BBC.

The other Champions League quarterfinal slot up for grabs on Tuesday went to Borussia Dortmund, who routed Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 to advance 5-2 on aggregate.

Felipe Santana, Mario Götze and Jakub “Kuba” Blaszczykowski scored for the German club.

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Former Chilean Dictator Pinochet Financed by Brazil Say Newly Released Documents

Secret documents dating from Brazil’s 1964-1985 military government reveal that the junta gave loans amounting to $115 million to the regime of Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper said Tuesday.

The files indicate that the money was lent to Pinochet’s government on “especially” favorable terms and was destined for the purchase of military equipment, the daily said.

An Oct. 26, 1976, report marked “Secret” says that Brazil provided “important aid” to the Pinochet regime.

The then-secretary of the National Security Council, Gustavo Moraes Rego Reis, discussed in a Nov. 9, 1978, message to military President Ernesto Geisel the division of the payments and added that the initial authorization for the loans dated to November 1974, a year after Pinochet’s military coup.

The loans were aimed at providing a “guarantee for (Chile’s internal security,” according to the documents.

Folha gained access to the documents in accord with Brazil’s freedom of information law, signed by President Dilma Rousseff in 2011.

The law regulates access to all public documents and only allows information of a personal nature or that concerning national security to be kept secret.

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Demi Lovato Reveals Recent Discovery of Secret Sister

Demi Lovato Reveals Recent Discovery of Secret Sister

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At the age of 20, Demi Lovato says she just learned she has another sister.

The singer-actress was on WBLI’s radio show “Dana & Jeffrey” on TUesday when she dropped the shocking news.

“I have an older sister that I’ve never known my whole life,” Lovato said.

Lovato and the “new” sister share a father, one from whom the singer is estranged, and she is reportedly in her 30s.

When the former Disney star asked why the sister never tried to contact her, the woman told her she didn’t want her to think she wanted something from her.

Listen to the interview here.

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Latin American Leaders React to Death of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez

Latin American Leaders React to Death of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez

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Regional and international leaders began reacting late Tuesday afternoon to the news that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had died in this capital after battling cancer for nearly two years.

“At 4:25 p.m. local time today, March 5, comandante President Hugo Chavez Frias died,” a visibly upset Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on national television from Caracas late in the afternoon.

Also in Caracas, Venezuelan opposition leader and former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles expressed via Twitter his “solidarity” with Chavez’s relatives and followers.

“My solidarity with the entire family and followers of President Hugo Chavez, we advocate the unity of Venezuelans at this time,” said Capriles - who lost the national election last Oct. 7 to Chavez - on the social network.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that Chavez’s death “saddens all Latin Americans (and) ... will leave an empty space in the heart, in the history and in the struggles” of the region.

She went on to call Chavez “a great Latin American,” adding that his death was an “irreparable loss” and saying that “as president and as a person ... I had great affection for him.”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto also used Twitter to express his “heartfelt condolences” to the Chavez’s family and the Venezuelan people, as did Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray and Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, along with former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who said “Rest in peace.”

Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza also sent his condolences to the Venezuelan government and people over the “sad” death of Chavez, saying in a communique that “It is a time of great pain for Venezuelans and we are with them, along with all the peoples of the region.”

The communique also said that the flags of the OAS would fly at half staff and that an extraordinary session of the body’s Permanent Council would be convened in Chavez’s memory.

Meanwhile Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos attributed the advances obtained in the peace process between his government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, rebels to his Venezuelan counterpart.

“Thanks to his dedication and limitless commitment” the Colombian government and the FARC had been able to move forward “in a solid peace process,” said Santos in a televised statement.

He also noted, however, that his relations with Chavez had not always been cordial and that they had had “many differences” on economic matters and governance but they had decided to put them “to the side to seek the best for Venezuela and Colombia.”

In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement released Tuesday evening by the White House, “At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government.”

“As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights,” Obama said.

Bolivian President Evo Morales, a friend and ally of Chavez, said “The best tribute to brother and comrade Chavez is unity ... to struggle for dignity, unity to struggle for our freedom, unity to work for the peoples of the world.”

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez decreed three days of national mourning in her country.

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica called Chavez “a great builder” and confirmed that he will travel to Caracas.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala also expressed his desire for unity among Venezuelans at this time, calling in addition for “reflection.”

The Ecuadorian government of Rafael Correa, also a supporter and ally of Chavez, expressed its “deep sorrow” and called the Venezuelan the “leader of an historic process in the Americas.”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sent his condolences to Chavez’s family and to the people and government of Venezuela and said he would be making a formal statement later.

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Record High for Wall Street

Supported by the massive monetary stimulus of the Federal Reserve and a gradual recovery in the world’s largest economy, the New York Stock Exchange’s benchmark index set a new high on Tuesday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which includes 30 of the largest firms traded on the NYSE, touched an intraday high of 14,286.37 points, above the level of 14,198.10 points it had reached in October 2007, before the global financial crisis.

The DJIA stood at 14,253.77 at Tuesday’s close of trading, also a record.

The previous record close came on Oct. 9, 2007, when the DJIA reached 14,164.53, shortly before the start of the worst and most prolonged economic crisis in the United States since the Great Depression.

Recession and financial turbulence drove the index down to 6,547.05 at the lowest point, in 2009, but over the past several years it has been slowly recovering.

The landmark levels on the Dow came on a day when other macroeconomic figures confirmed the slow but sustained improvement in the U.S. economy: the services sector, which represents more than three-fourths of the national economy, grew in February at its best pace in a year.

“While you continue seeing improvements in the basis for economic growth you’re going to continue seeing gains in the securities markets,” IHS Global analyst Gregory Daco told Efe on Tuesday.

Other analysts, including the head of investment strategies for Destination, Craig Gentry, told Efe that the main catalyst of the stock market rally is the Fed’s ongoing program of massive bond purchases.

“The markets know that the Fed and the rest of the world central banks are supporting the economy, which is causing a disconnect with the real economy,” said Gentry.

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Secretary Kerry To Honor Ten Women of Courage on Int’l Women’s Day

Secretary Kerry To Honor Ten Women of Courage on Int’l Women’s Day

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On Friday, March 8, Secretary John Kerry will honor 10 extraordinary women with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary Kerry and the awardees as a special guest at the 3 p.m. ceremony in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored 67 women from 45 different countries.

The 2013 awardees are:

Malalai Bahaduri, First Sergeant, Afghan National Interdiction Unit (Afghanistan)

Samira Ibrahim, Coordinator, Know Your Rights (Egypt)

Julieta Castellanos, Rector, National Autonomous University of Honduras (Honduras)

Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, President, Campaign for Democracy (Nigeria)

Elena Milashina, journalist, human rights activist (Russia)

Fartuun Adan, Executive Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre (Somalia)

Tsering Woeser (Wei Se), Tibetan author, poet, blogger (China) *

Razan Zeitunah, human rights lawyer and Founder, Local Coordination Committees (Syria) *

Ta Phong Tan, blogger (Vietnam) *

Nirbhaya “Fearless,” champion for justice (India) **

* Will be awarded in absentia. ** Will be awarded posthumously.

See these women’s full biographies and photos here.

The honorees begin their visit to the United States in Pittsburgh, where they will participate in an open to the press forum at Chatham University on March 4, as well as in meetings with organizations such as the Women and Girls Foundation and Gwen’s Girls. They arrive in Washington on March 6 for meetings with Department of State and White House officials, Members of Congress, and NGO leaders.

Following the award ceremony, the honorees will travel separately to cities across the United States to engage with the American people through an International Visitor Leadership Program. They will visit Indianapolis, Jackson Hole, Portland, San Francisco, and Tampa. The women will reconvene in San Diego to reflect on their visit and discuss ways to work together to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.

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JUST IN:  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Has Died

JUST IN:  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Has Died

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The left-leaning President of Venezuela and American foe, Hugo Chavez, died 22 minutes ago according to the Venezuelan government, losing his two-year battle with cancer.

Just this morning the country’s communication minister said that Chavez’ health had taken another turn for the worse with a new and severe infection making breathing difficult. 

Chavez is said to have died at the military hospital he was at upon his return from Cuba.  The 58-year-old President was last seen in public on December 10, 2012 and was so ill he was not able to take his oath of office after having been re-elected in October of last year.

He was first diagnosed with cancer in June, 2011 and was mainly treated in Cuba.  He had undergone four surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro fighting back tears made a national broadcast announcement to the country at 4:25 p.m. local time referring to Chavez as comandante President Hugo Chavez Frias.

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70 Puerto Rican World Champion Boxers Ended up Financially Ruined, Alma Trying to Change Others Fate

70 Puerto Rican World Champion Boxers Ended up Financially Ruined, Alma Trying to Change Others Fate

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A group of Puerto Rican boxers, including former Olympian Felix Verdejo, for the second consecutive year will attend money-management workshops meant to ensure that they don’t wind up bankrupt, as has occurred to other former boxing world champions.

The other boxers who have confirmed their participation on Saturday in the “Financial Champions” workshops, organized by the Alma Financial Assistance firm, are Christian Lamboy, Jose Gomez, Harold Roman and Verdejo’s trainer Ricky Marquez.

The 19-year-old Verdejo, who is 3-0 as a professional after competing in the 2012 London Olympics, emphasized the importance of participating in the workshops.

Marquez, meanwhile, acknowledged that the workshops will help the young boxers to avoid ending up like many of the 70 Puerto Rican world champions who have been financially ruined.

“We have to prevent this from happening to our future champions and we, the trainers, also can learn a lot here,” Marquez said.

The subjects to be covered at the seminar include the importance of saving, investments, management of credit cards, avoiding identity theft, the importance of having good credit and bank accounts, among other things.

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Hispanic Standout: Dr. Alejandro Berenstein and the Vascular Birthmark Institute

Hispanic Standout: Dr. Alejandro Berenstein and the Vascular Birthmark Institute

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Dominican toddler Joel de la Rosa is surrounded by people wanting to improved his quality of life, including Dr. Alejandro Berenstein, who on Tuesday performed a modern procedure on the boy to correct a malformation of his face.

De la Rosa was flown in from the Dominican Republic by the Healing the Children organization, to be treated for a malformation that causes a swelling on one side of his face due to the retention of lymphatic fluid.

Healing the Children, which offers kids from all over the world access to medical treatment, found no hospital that could treat the 2-year-old’s condition until it came upon the Vascular Birthmark Institute at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, directed by the Mexican Dr. Alejandro Berenstein.

“We have a system of defense in the body, which is the lymphatic system. For reasons we don’t understand, the child has a collection of lymphatic fluid on the left side of his face and below his chin which doesn’t drain in a normal way and forms cysts,” Berenstein told Efe.

Berenstein, a native of Mexico City, is a pioneer in the use of minimally invasive procedures to treat conditions related to the vascular system in the brain, head, face and spinal column, performed the procedure using a modern ultrasound and X-ray system as a guide.

The procedure applied Tuesday was the first of about four that the little boy will need before returning to his country six months from now, but the doctor warned that the problem could recur.

He also told Efe that he has trained personnel in the Dominican Republic who could take over treatment of the boy, whose mother Ramona Rosado is waiting for his return.

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Carlos Slim Tops Forbes Richest List Again, Spain’s Ortega Moves to 3rd

Carlos Slim Tops Forbes Richest List Again, Spain’s Ortega Moves to 3rd

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Mexican mogul Carlos Slim topped the Forbes list of billionaires for the fourth year in a row, while Spanish clothing magnate Amancio Ortega vaulted ahead of U.S. investor Warren Buffett into third place.

Slim, head of a telecommunications empire, is worth $73 billion.

Second place remains in the hands of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, with a fortune valued at $67 billion.

Ortega is the person who has increased his fortune the most over the past 12 months, adding $19.5 billion to bring his net worth to $57 billion.

During this period, Ortega, who was in fifth place on last year’s list, raced ahead of Buffett and France’s Bernard Arnault, president of the LVMH group of luxury products.

Forbes noted that while the 76-year-old Ortega left the presidency of Inditex in 2011, he still owns 60 percent of its shares, whose value has climbed 50 percent thanks to the firm’s record profits.

The magazine adds that Ortega also has a $4 billion portfolio of real estate investments acquired at rock-bottom prices during the recent economic crisis.

Among his properties is Madrid’s iconic Picasso Tower office building.

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Mayor in Paraguay Gunned Down Five Years After his Predecessor His Brother Also Gunned Down

Mayor in Paraguay Gunned Down Five Years After his Predecessor His Brother Also Gunned Down

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The mayor of the southeastern Paraguayan town of Jose Leandro Oviedo was shot to death on Tuesday, a little more than five years after his brother, who preceded him in the office, died in similar circumstances.

Wilfrido Ocampos died after being shot multiple times as he was getting ready to leave his home to go to city hall, the police public relations department told Efe.

The attack was carried out by three men who later fled and are still at large, police said, adding that at present the motive for the killing is not known.

Ocampos, who was a member of Paraguay’s ruling Liberal Party, became mayor in 2010 and was to have completed his term in 2015.

On Dec. 24, 2007, the late mayor’s brother, Oscar Ocampos, was also murdered while serving as mayor of Jose Leandro Oviedo.

Oscar Ocampos was shot twice by Filemon Zarza, with whom he had previously argued during a party prior to the Christmas festivities in a public square.

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ESPN Deportes and ESPN to Debut The Clemente Effect March 10 (VIDEO)

ESPN Deportes and ESPN to Debut The Clemente Effect March 10 (VIDEO)

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ESPN Deportes and ESPN to Debut The Clemente Effect March 10

An ESPN Deportes original film documenting Clemente’s incredible legacy 40 years after his tragic death

ESPN Deportes and ESPN will premiere The Clemente Effect, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the life and accomplishments of Roberto Clemente Sunday, March 10. The film will debut on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. ET and on ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. The network’s exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the World Baseball Classic game between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at 7:30 p.m. will appropriately serve as a lead-in for the film on ESPN Deportes.

“Clemente, a man who was so much more than a baseball hero, led a life worth commemorating, and we are thrilled to share his story and legacy with our viewers,” said Lino Garcia, ESPN Deportes General Manager. “Our goal is to create compelling, original content that is relevant to our fans, and we hope that this documentary has a powerful impact on our audience and those who have followed his story through the years.”

Forty years ago, Clemente died in a tragic plane accident while delivering aid to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Yet Clemente’s legacy remains and his effect is still felt across the U.S. and Latin America decades later.

The ESPN Deportes and Momen Film Inc. production takes viewers through Clemente’s life, from his humble upbringing in Puerto Rico to becoming the National League Most Valuable Player in 1966 and a World Series hero for the Pirates in 1960 and 1971. Along the way, Clemente faced numerous obstacles: injuries, an antagonistic press corps and the racial injustices of the time. But Clemente prevailed. Inspired by the civil rights movement, he became an unwavering defender of minorities, an advocate for Latino players’ rights and a great humanitarian.

After his death, Clemente was posthumously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and hailed as a hero all around the world. Statues erected in his honor and institutions were named after him. But The Clemente Effect goes one step further to explore how his legacy has fared in the last 40 years, focusing on his legacy in Pittsburgh, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, where Clemente’s dream of creating a Sports City became a reality for some time.

Directed by Mario Diaz (HBO’s Bazooka: The Battles of Wilfredo Gómez), The Clemente Effect is an ambitious work that draws extensively from archival footage and photographs of Clemente during the 50s, 60s and 70s, including never-before-seen footage of Clemente with his family, playing for the Puerto Rican Winter League and visiting Nicaragua a few months before his death.

The original footage is paired with present day interviews of family, close friends and baseball stars such as Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, two-time American League MVP Juan González, three-time All-Star Carlos Baerga, 2003 AL RBI Champion Carlos Delgado, 2007 World Series Champion Alex Cora, Pittsburgh Pirates teammate Steve Blass, and 2012 No.1 overall pick Carlos Correa.

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Fan in Argentina Dies in Accident en Route to Jonas Bros. Concert

Fan in Argentina Dies in Accident en Route to Jonas Bros. Concert

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The Jonas Brothers were visibly shaken by the death of one of their fans over the weekend in Argentina.

On Saturday, 15-year-old Sofia Koch was heading to Cordoba to attend what would have been her first concert. Sofia, sadly, did not make it to the Jonas Brothers, as she was killed in a car accident.

The brothers somehow heard about their fan’s death, however, and that during their concert dedicated their song “Hello Beautiful” to her, with Joe saying, “We are so happy to be here, and we wish one more person could be with us tonight. A young girl named Sofia passed away last night. This ones for you Sofia, we love you.’

By the end of the song the crowd was chanting Sofia’s name.

Joe also took to Twitter:

The brothers are currently on tour in Latin America and are said to be working on a new album.


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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Encourages President Obama to Extend Special Immigrant Visa Program

Today, a bipartisan group of 19 members of the United States House of Representatives, including 6 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to extend the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs, authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 and the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, which expire at the end of this Fiscal Year and in Fiscal Year 2014 respectively, and address discrepancies over program eligibility, calling the extension and reform of these programs “a matter of national security.”

SIV programs seek to provide safe refuge for Iraqi and Afghan men and women who have provided “faithful and valuable service” to the U.S. Government and face an “ongoing serious threat” as a consequence of that service.  Through these programs, between FY08-FY12, only 22% of the available Iraqi SIVs (5,500 visas out of 25,000 visas) have been issued and 12% of the available Afghan SIVs (1,051 visas out of 8,500 visas) have been issued. In October 2012, the Washington Post reported that over 5,000 documentarily complete Afghan SIV applications remained in a backlog.

Furthermore, unlike the Iraq SIV program, the Afghan SIV program only permits an applicant’s spouse and children under the age of 21 to accompany an applicant, even if other family members face immediate, serious threats of death because of the applicant’s service. When Iraqi allies and their close family members came under threat in Iraq, Congress created separate provisions for other family members under threat. No such path exists for Afghan family members under threat from the Taliban.

The members signed onto the letter are Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Andre Carson (D-IN), Jon Conyers (D-MI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Chris Gibson (R-NY), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Ted Poe (R-TX), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Adam Smith (D-WA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Frank Wolf (R-VA).

Comments from Signatories

“The United States should continue this valuable program and offer solace and respite for the brave Afghans and Iraqis who put their lives at risk on our behalf. Our letter is truly bipartisan, and we hope that President Obama will put the full power and authority of his office behind making this happen.” – Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)

“Protecting the brave Iraqi and Afghan people who put their lives in danger alongside our own troops is not only a matter of keeping a promise, it is also the right thing to do.  During my time serving in Iraq, I have seen firsthand the life-threatening risks our partners and their families make in the name of peace and democracy,” – Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)

“The Iraq and Afghan Special Immigration Visa (SIV) programs are an important way to express our appreciation to those willing to risk their lives in defense of our country. We must uphold the commitment made by the U.S. to the Iraqi and Afghan men and women who served and protected our nation.” – Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)

“The Iraq and Afghan Special Immigration Visa (SIV) programs protect the men and women who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with US troops, risking their own lives to strengthen American security. Unfortunately, the majority of SIVs that Congress authorized for our Iraqi and Afghan allies have not been issued due to an unexpectedly slow implementation process. If these programs expire, thousands will be denied entry to the nation they worked to protect.  We owe these brave men and women a debt of gratitude and must ensure we do not abandon those who served us so valiantly.” – Representative David Reichert (WA-08)

“It is important to recognize the Iraqis and Afghans that risked their lives to help the United States.  Extending the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program is the right thing to do.”  – Representative Marc Veasey (TX-33)

“The U.S. has a responsibility to follow through on our promise to protect those Iraqis and Afghans who have risked their lives to aid our troops and protect America’s security.” – Representative Peter Welch (VT-At Large)

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Daddy Yankee OK and Recovering After Surgery

Daddy Yankee OK and Recovering After Surgery

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Reggaeton sensation Daddy Yankee is recovering satisfactorily from the meniscus surgery he underwent Tuesday in Puerto Rico, according to a communique released by his agent.

The rapper’s orthopedist, Peter Trautmann, said the surgery “was successful” and that his team is very pleased with the outcome of the operation performed on Raymond “Daddy Yankee” Ayala.

Trautmann also said the reggaeton star will be away from the footlights for three weeks while recovering from the surgery.

Representatives of Daddy Yankee said that the artist of such hits as “Gasolina,” “Rompe” (Break), “Somos de Calle” (We’re from the Street), “Llegamos a la Disco” (Arriving at the Disco), and “Pose,” will restart his career on March 30 with a concert in the Guatemalan city of Puerto San Jose.

They also announced that the Hindi version of the song “Lovumba” by the Puerto Rican artist went on sale Tuesday over iTunes.

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Multiple FARC Bombings Leave Colombian Port City without Water or Power

Multiple FARC Bombings Leave Colombian Port City without Water or Power

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Three simultaneous bombings on Tuesday interrupted electricity and water service in the Pacific port city of Tumaco, Colombian authorities said, blaming the attack on leftist FARC rebels.

The guerrillas fired two makeshift mortar shells at an army post, while the third attack was carried out with a car bomb, Jaime Rodriguez, an official with the Nariño provincial government, told Blu Radio.

The explosives-packed car was detonated in front of the facilities of the state oil company Ecopetrol causing damage to nearby vehicles and houses, he said.

“Fortunately, there were no human injuries but there (was damage to) the electrical energy and potable water services,” Rodriguez said.

Colombia’s defense minister, Juan Carlos Pinzon, told reporters that the three attacks came in response to the intensity of “the presence and actions” of the security forces against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

“Yesterday, two (rebels) were killed in the ... rural area of Tumaco,” said the minister.

Last August, Tumaco was the scene of a series of attacks by the FARC against electricity towers that resulted in the city’s 187,000 residents being without power for 16 days.

The FARC and the Colombian government are currently on a recess from the peace talks they have been conducting since last November with an eye toward putting an end to half a century of conflict.

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Latin Americans Hope New Pope Understands Them—And Their Region

Latin Americans Hope New Pope Understands Them—And Their Region

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If numbers were used to choose the next pope, he might come from Latin America.

Four in 10 Catholics live in Latin America, more than any other region, and it is home to the countries with the two largest Catholic populations, Brazil and Mexico, respectively.

Yet, few Latin Americans are betting that one of the region’s 19 cardinals will replace Pope Benedict XVI in March when the papal conclave convenes. And few seem to mind.

Latin American Catholic leaders, scholars, and laypeople told Catholic News Service that, more important than seeing one of their cardinals become pope, is having a pope that understands the region.

Some expressed hope that the next pope would grant more autonomy to local churches and more widely recognize Latin America’s importance to the universal church—for both its size and for its contributions to church doctrine. Their sentiments reflected a sense of detachment from the Vatican, perceived as being Eurocentric and often out of touch with social issues that continue to trouble the region.

“Independently of where the pope comes from, he will be the pope for all if he is able to understand the concerns of Latin America,” said Father Roger Araujo, a priest in Lorena, Brazil.

“The people of Brazil hope the pope will understand the yearnings of the modern world,” he said.

Across the region, Catholics are looking for a leader they can connect with in more meaningful ways.

“What Latin Americans seek is a pope who is more present, a warmer church,” said Osvaldo Luiz, a former seminarian and now editor Cancao Nova magazine, a monthly publication in Brazil.

Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo, Mexico, told Catholic News Service the next pope should be a person with a vision and knowledge for the church as a whole, along with the problems facing all parts of the world.

He suggested the Vatican should “look to strengthen local churches.”

Bishop Vera Lopez discarded the suggestion of a crisis in the region. The church “had a very good application of what is contained in the Second Vatican Council,” he said.

Pope Benedict’s announcement of his resignation led to speculation that the next pope could come from Africa or Latin America, regions that make up the majority of church rolls, but that have proportionally little representation in Rome.

“It could be time for a black pope, a yellow pope, a red pope or, also, a Latin American pope,” Guatemala City Archbishop Oscar Vian Morales quipped to local reporters after the pope’s resignation was announced. “It could be time for a pope from another continent.”

The region presents a complicated picture for the church. Despite boasting around 432 million Catholics, Latin America is seeing adherents flee the church. In former strongholds like Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Central America, millions have left in favor of growing evangelical Protestant denominations or secularism. Poverty, while lessening, still plagues growing cities and urban populations. Youth are increasingly skeptical of the church and its messages.

Evelyn Gonzalez was raised Catholic but left because she disagreed with the church on issues such as condoms and abortion. She described herself as unchurched.

“I felt like I wasn’t being honest because there were things that I didn’t agree with that they were saying. But I kept going to church, I suppose because I was so accustomed to it,” Gonzalez said in an interview in downtown Santo Domingo, not far from Latin America’s oldest Catholic cathedral.

Reaching people like Gonzalez should be a priority, Catholic leaders said, even if there is disagreement on how to do so.

Some interviewed by Catholic News Service said they saw little need for the next pope to change the church’s approach to Latin America.

Vanessa Ozelin of the Pantokrator Catholic Community, a lay association founded in 1990 in Sao Paulo, said she would like to see the next pope continue the work of Pope Benedict.

“We hope the church continues with the same teachings and direction seen with Benedict XVI,” Ozelin said. “He is an inspiration to all of us.”

Others interviewed suggested providing a greater role for laypeople.

“The future of the church is in the hands of laypeople, particularly lay women,” said Father Pablo Richard, a Chilean theologian who heads a think tank San Jose, Costa Rica.

One of those women, Wilma Izzo, president of the Legion of Mary in Jundiai, Brazil, said it is important that the next pope focus on young people.

“I hope the new pope will work more with the youth, render them more attention,” she said. “Some of them are very lost, they don’t even know who God is. The new pontiff should encourage these youths to find out more about God and his teachings.”

Some observers have said Pope Benedict, who visited Latin America a year ago, failed to connect with people in the region the way his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II did. He did win over many, however, in part, by his special gestures such as donning a mariachi sombrero and speaking briefly in Spanish, said Bernardo Barranco, a newspaper columnist who follows the church.

Mexicans “want to be loved, spoiled, taken into account,” Barranco said.

But neither pope did much to close the distance Latin Americans feel from the Catholic hierarchy, said Jose Maria Poirier, director of Criterio, a Catholic magazine in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“The central church, the curia, is still very Eurocentric. That became more firmly entrenched during the last two papacies,” he said.

Through the work of agencies like Caritas, the church plays an important role in Argentina, but ordinary people do not feel particularly close to the Vatican, he said.

“We have bishops (in Latin America) who are very close to Rome and who tend not to take an independent stance” or disagree with the Vatican, said Jesuit Father Antonio Delfau, editor of Mensaje, a Catholic magazine in Santiago, Chile.

The South American nation has seen percentage of people identifying themselves as Catholics fall from nearly 70 percent in 2002 to around 60 percent in 2012, according to preliminary census estimates. There, the church’s reputation has been damaged by recent sex scandals.

Similarly, decreases have been recorded in Catholic strongholds Mexico and Brazil. Today, 73 percent of Latin America is Catholic, according to the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.

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12 Killed in San Juan Making 163 Violent Deaths in Puerto Rico in 2013

12 Killed in San Juan Making 163 Violent Deaths in Puerto Rico in 2013

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A man gunned down inside a San Juan restaurant was among 12 people murdered over the weekend in Puerto Rico, authorities said Monday.

The latest killings raise to 163 the number of violent deaths so far this year, 12 less than at the same time last year.

The deaths of four individuals, including boxer Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez, in the wee hours of Sunday in San Juan became the third multiple killing to date this year as drug dealers continue to battle over territory.

The incident at a Denny’s restaurant in San Juan’s Isla Verde district has shaken public opinion.

The police report of the incident in the restaurant said an argument broke out, though no one knows what it was about, and that led to the shooting.

The 12 deaths last weekend have reminded people about the crime problem and the fact that Puerto Rico is directly associated with drug trafficking.

The pressure brought to bear by U.S. authorities on the Mexican border has shifted the routes used by drug traffickers to the Caribbean and particularly to Puerto Rico, U.S. territory from where merchandise sent to the mainland goes through no international border controls.

Some of the drugs remain for local consumption in Puerto Rico, where local gangs fight it out at gunpoint for territory where they can make their sales.

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Blog del Narco: Seven People executed in Sinaloa including 4 Officers

Blog del Narco: Seven People executed in Sinaloa including 4 Officers

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Seven people, including four municipal police officers were killed by an armed commando took by assault the town of Agua Verde.

The assailants then fled Prosecutors are working in the identity of the victims.

The victims were kidnapped in the town of Agua Verde and murder was carried out on the slopes of a hill in the region.

Some of The victims have been identified as Jose Guadalupe Toledo Barron, David Vazquez Canizales, Antonio Cárdenas and Luis Alberto Crespo Aguiar Peralta and the civil Salcido Gustavo Corrales.

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Venezuela Expels Alleged U.S. Military Spy Out of Country

Venezuela Expels Alleged U.S. Military Spy Out of Country

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The leftist government of critically ill Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday announced the expulsion of the air attache at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas for “proposing destabilizing projects” to members of the Andean nation’s armed forces.

Col. David del Monaco has 24 hours to leave the country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech, while Foreign Minister Elias Jaua announced later that the attache’s assistant, an officer named Kostal, was also ordered to leave.

“We have learned and we have been monitoring the illegal activity, which mocks and violates international agreements, of this official of the Embassy of the United States,” Maduro said of the attache.

Del Monaco “devoted himself to the task of seeking active-duty military men to, first, investigate the situation of the (Venezuelan) armed forces and, in the second place, to propose destabilizing projects to them,” the vice president said.

Chavez is in “very delicate” condition with a new infection, Venezuelan Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said Monday night.

“There is a worsening of respiratory function related to the autoimmune condition that is part of his clinical condition. Currently, there is a new and severe infection,” the minister said.

Chavez is being treated at a military hospital in Caracas and was last seen in public on Dec. 10. He spent more than two months in Cuba due to complications that followed a Dec. 11 cancer surgery in Havana.

The 58-year-old Chavez has undergone four operations, as well as courses of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, since first being diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.

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Mexican Masterpieces Exhibition at Mona Lisa’s Home the Louvre, Opens this Week

Mexican Masterpieces Exhibition at Mona Lisa’s Home the Louvre, Opens this Week

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An exhibition opening later this week at the Louvre, the world’s most-visited art museum, will showcase Mexican art.

The “Mexican Art at the Louvre: Masterpieces from the 17th and 18th Centuries” exhibition, which runs from March 7 to June 3, features 10 works by Cristobal Villalpando, Juan Rodriguez Juarez and Jose Suarez.

“Among others, the monumental ‘Zurbaranesque’ work of Jose Juarez, the Baroque dynamism of Cristobal Villalpando and the softness and delicacy of Rodriguez Juarez will introduce visitors to the many facets of New World art during this period and give them an understanding of its close yet independent relationship with Spanish art,” the museum said in a statement posted on its Web site.

Efe got a sneak peek at the exhibition, which offers visitors a look at fine works from New Spain exhibited among the Spanish paintings in the Paris art museum.

“What we have tried to do is open the door to Mexican art from the colonial period,” U.S. Hispanist Jonathan Brown, one of the exhibition’s curators, told Efe.

The exhibition is being jointly organized by the Louvre and Fomento Cultural Banamex.

In a gallery used to exhibit the works of Spanish painters, such as Zurbaran, Murillo and Jose de Ribera, not far from the Mona Lisa, the Louvre found a space for Mexican art and some of its masters.

“What you see here is nearly an explosion, a range of very rich colors, but especially a grouping of figures” a long way from the Spanish Baroque, Brown said.

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Mexican Government Seizes Hundreds of Thousands Natural Food Supplements Promising False Cures

Mexican Government Seizes Hundreds of Thousands Natural Food Supplements Promising False Cures

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Health authorities seized 685,000 natural food supplements that made false claims about their effectiveness in curing cancer, diabetes, obesity and other diseases, the Mexican Health Secretariat said.

Federal Comission for Health Risks Oversight, or Cofepris, personnel seized 685,000 items stored at warehouses in Irapuato, a city in the central state of Guanajuato, “for failure to comply with health laws,” the secretariat said in a statement.

“Miracle” medicines are products that make false claims about their ability to cure illnesses, are not registered with health authorities and have not undergone laboratory testing in accordance with the General Health Law, the secretariat said.

Health officials seized the illegal products during an operation last weekend targeting the Tonic Life, Natural Health and Naturismo Jaguar companies.

The banned products were being sold under the “Cancer y tumores Tonic Life,” “Pancreas Tonic Life,” “Diabatex Tonic Life,” “Prostata Tonic Life,” “Reudol,” “Diabherbal,” “Uva Ursi,” “Te de la Mujer” and “Urinari” brands, among others, the secretariat said.

Bogus health products have proliferated in Mexico in the past few decades, with hundreds of medications being sold that promise to help people lose weight, lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, cure cirrhosis of the liver and heal many other ailments.

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Remains of Poet Pablo Neruda to be Exhumed in Chile

Remains of Poet Pablo Neruda to be Exhumed in Chile

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The remains of poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed next month by order of the judge investigating whether the Chilean Nobel laureate was murdered, an attorney involved in the case told Efe on Monday.

Eduardo Contreras, who is representing the Communist Party in the case, said that it is expected that this week Judge Mario Carroza will set an exact date for the exhumation.

Neruda died on Sept. 23, 1973, 12 days after Gen. Augusto Pinochet toppled Chile’s Socialist government in a bloody coup.

The poet and former diplomat had suffered from cancer for several years and his death was blamed on the disease.

The current investigation was opened in mid-2011 after a complaint was filed by Neruda’s Communist Party colleagues after the poet’s former driver, Manuel Araya, said he was murdered by lethal injection on Pinochet’s orders.

Neruda passed away in the same Santiago clinic where former President Eduardo Frei Montalva died in 1982.

The erstwhile head of state’s death was also attributed to natural causes, but a 2009 probe determined that he was poisoned.

Neruda is buried beside his third wife, Matilde Urrutia, in the yard of his house, now a museum, in Isla Negra, a town in Chile’s central coastal region.

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Murder Investigation Underway for Venezuelan Indigenous Leader Sabino Romero

Murder Investigation Underway for Venezuelan Indigenous Leader Sabino Romero

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Venezuela’s information minister on Monday said that the investigation to identify the killers of Yukpa indigenous leader Sabino Romero “is under way.”

“We cannot put forward a hypothesis with regard to this reprehensible ... deed ... but in general it puts on the table the struggle for a fair distribution of land ... The investigation is under way,” Sabino Villegas said on state television.

Members of the security forces were deployed in the country’s western state of Zulia, bordering Colombia, where the killing occurred, to conduct appropriate operations, he said.

Romero, 48, was murdered Sunday night by two hooded assailants on motorcycles who opened fire on his vehicle, the Venezuelan News Agency reported. So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

The Plataforma Foro por la Vida, which represents 17 Venezuelan non-governmental organizations, asked in a communique for an “impartial, expeditious, transparent and (speedy) investigation of the material and intellectual authorship” of the crime.

It also asked the government for guarantees concerning the physical safety of Romero’s Yukpa community “against possible attacks.”

Romero was arrested in late 2010 and recently released, but he had been linked at the time to violent acts stemming from the land dispute.

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Latin America News:  Peru Seeking to Become World’s #1 Copper Producer

Latin America News:  Peru Seeking to Become World’s #1 Copper Producer

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Peru could become the world’s top copper producer in the next 10 or 15 years, thanks to the industry’s strong growth, Energy and Mines Minister Jorge Merino said.

“At this time, in 2013, we are already in second place in production in the world of copper, and in 2016 we should be at 50 percent of the production Chile has and perhaps in some 10 or 15 years we will be the world’s biggest copper producer,” Merino told Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP, by telephone from Canada.

The Peruvian energy and mines minister was in Toronto to attend the 2013 International Convention Trade Show & Investors Exchange - Mining Investment Show organized by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, or PDAC.

Peru’s copper production has been growing at around 20 percent anually, on average, and the Andean country is receiving 5 percent of the industry’s exploration budget, or some $1.1 billion, Merino said.

Peru produced 1.3 million tons of copper in 2012 and output increased 5.2 percent, Energy and Mines Ministry figures show.

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Journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Killed in Northern Mexico

Journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez Killed in Northern Mexico

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The editor of an online news site in northern Mexico was murdered over the weekend, the Ojinaga Noticias digital daily reported Monday.

Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez was killed Sunday afternoon by gunmen in Ojinaga, a border city in the northern state of Chihuahua.

The 38-year-old Gonzalez was hit by “18 gunshots” around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in downtown Ojinaga, the news site said.

“The assailants took the camera being carried by Gonzalez, who was with his wife at the time of the attack, but she was not hurt,” Ojinaga Noticias said.

Ojinaga Noticias said it regretted this “attack on journalism,” adding that the story “may very possibly be the last news reported by this media outlet.”

Gonzalez is the first journalist murdered since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office last December.

A total of 14 journalists were murdered during the 2006-2012 administration of President Felipe Calderon, the Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said.

A total of 82 journalists have been murdered and 18 others have been reported missing since 2005 in Mexico, the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said in a report released in December.

Some 658 complaints were received from members of the news media from Jan. 1, 2005, to Nov. 30, 2012, the rights body said.

An International Press Institute, or IPI, and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, delegation visited Mexico last month and called for more protection for journalists.

Journalists in Mexico “feel defenseless in the face of threats from all kinds of actors,” WAN-IFRA representative Rodrigo Bonilla told Efe.

Both the IPI and Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, ranked Mexico as the fourth most dangerous country in the world for journalists in 2012, trailing only Syria, Somalia and Pakistan.

Unidentified individuals attacked the offices of the El Siglo newspaper in Torreon, a city in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, three times last week, killing one person and wounding two others.

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Salsa Singer Gilberto Santa Rosa Spearheads Diabetes Awareness Campaign for Latinos

Salsa Singer Gilberto Santa Rosa Spearheads Diabetes Awareness Campaign for Latinos

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Salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa acts as spokesman for the educational campaign “Todo Diabetico Cuenta” (Every Diabetic Counts), which seeks to inform and raise awareness about an illness that affects a disproportionate number of Latinos.

“The biggest complication of this illness is misinformation. The purpose of the campaign is to inform people about the condition and how to improve their quality of life. People like me need that information,” the singer, who has the disease, told Efe.

“We artists get too much in life and when someone knocks on the door, the artist has to be a conscientious human being and give a quick response. Everything I’ve supported is related to me, so if it has something to do with me, then I feel committed,” the salsa star, whose mother was also diabetic, said.

The performer, diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago, said he was a witness “of the devastation the disease caused” to his mother, who died four years ago.

The campaign, a project of the U.S. Department of Health, kicked off six years ago, but on Monday it was launched for the first time to inform the Hispanic community, particularly the elderly.

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Filmmaker Pablo Berger Sees More Silent Films in His Future Based on Success of “Blancanieves”

Filmmaker Pablo Berger Sees More Silent Films in His Future Based on Success of “Blancanieves”

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Following the success of silent films in black and white like “The Artist” and “Blancanieves” (Snow White), Spanish filmmaker Pablo Berger said in Mexico that he’s convinced there will be more hit movies of this kind in different countries.

“I’m hoping for more silent films. What we have achieved, Michel Hazanavicius (the French director of ‘The Artist’) and I, is to make successful silent movies. Cinema is an industry, aside from being an art, and since it is an industry producers will say, “I was an imbecile when I said no to Pablo,’” Berger said in a press conference.

The director is currently in Mexico taking part in the 28th Guadalajara International Film Festival, which will go on until March 9 and in which he is competing in the Ibero-American Feature Film/Fiction category with “Blancanieves,” winner of 10 Goya Awards including Best Film.

“What a silent movie does is force spectators to participate more, it demands more of them. Spectators are hypnotized, in a trance. By the end of the projection a silent film is much more rewarding than one with sound,” Berger said.

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos Said to be Doing Well After Surgery

Spain’s King Juan Carlos Said to be Doing Well After Surgery

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos was able to rest overnight after undergoing surgery for a herniated disc and is already out of intensive care, his doctors said Monday.

The king was moved Monday to a room in the La Milagrosa private clinic in central Madrid, clinic director Gaspar Palet said, reading from the bulletin signed by neurosurgeon Manuel de la Torre and the chief physician for the royal household, Miguel Fernandez Tapia-Ruano.

The medical team that operated on him Sunday was headed by De la Torre, who removed herniated disc segments in two intervertebral spaces in the lumbosacral area of the spinal column, in an operation that lasted around three hours.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited the monarch Monday at the hospital.

Queen Sofia and the monarchs’ three children, including Crown Prince Felipe, visited the king on Sunday.

Juan Carlos was happy to have come through a very painful condition and was getting ready to face the time of “hard work” required for his recovery, Prince Felipe said.

After the operation, the neurosurgeon said the king will remain hospitalized for about a week, and could recover completely in a period from two to six months, after which he will no longer need to walk with crutches.

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Venezuela’s Ailing President Faces Another ‘New and Severe’ Infection

Venezuela’s Ailing President Faces Another ‘New and Severe’ Infection

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in “very delicate” condition with a new infection, Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said.

“There is a worsening of respiratory function related to the autoimmune condition that is part of his clinical condition. Currently, there is a new and severe infection,” Villegas said.

Chavez is being treated at a military hospital in Caracas and was last seen in public on Dec. 10.

The president spent more than two months in Cuba due to complications that followed a Dec. 11 cancer surgery in Havana.

“The general condition continues to be very delicate,” the communications minister said.

The 58-year-old Chavez has undergone four operations, as well as courses of chemotherapy and radiation, since first being diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.

A few days before his Feb. 18 return to Caracas, the government released photos of Chavez flanked by two of his four children as he convalesced in Cuba.

“At this hour, unity and discipline are the foundations for ensuring the political stability of the fatherland,” Villegas said.

Rumors have swirled in the Venezuelan media that Chavez is close to death, but officials have denied that the president is dying.

Chavez, who has been in office since 1999, was re-elected last October and is due to serve until January 2019.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled that Chavez could miss his scheduled Jan. 10 inauguration and be sworn in later, and that Vice President Nicolas Maduro could continue as acting head of state pending the president’s recovery.

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Immigration News:  Arizona Court Rejects Law Targeting Day Laborers and their Employers

Immigration News:  Arizona Court Rejects Law Targeting Day Laborers and their Employers

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The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected an attempt by the state of Arizona to enforce a provision of its SB 1070 immigration law that targets day laborers and their potential employers.

In a unanimous decision, the panel of three judges rejected Arizona’s argument that its only interest in applying this section of the law is traffic safety.

The regulation seeks to punish all those people who interrupt traffic or halt an automobile to ask for employment, just as it seeks to criminalize drivers who stop to pick up day laborers.

In its decision upholding the district court’s injunction, Judge Raymond Fisher said that this argument would have been all right if it did not focus solely on day workers.

Fisher says that the state of Arizona is more interested in the issue of undocumented immigration than in road safety. In his opinion, he said that this section of SB 1070 seeks to make the lives of people without “papers” more difficult.

Staffers in the office of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday that she is analyzing the appellate ruling along with her attorneys.

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Spanish Scientists Discovered New Species of Lizard that Might of Roamed Earth 125 Million Years Ago

Spanish Scientists Discovered New Species of Lizard that Might of Roamed Earth 125 Million Years Ago

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Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of a new species of lizard that lived 125 million years ago in the northern Spanish province of Burgos.

The find was made in the Salas de los Infantes dinosaur fossil bed, the director of the town’s Dinosaur Museum, Fidel Torcida, announced Monday.

At a press conference - and accompanied by part of the international team that participated in the research, which was published in Cretaceous Research magazine - Torcida explained that this is the oldest example in the Varanoidea superfamily of lizards, which includes, among its best-known living members, the so-called Komodo dragon.

The research was undertaken by an international team comprised of Alexandra Houssaye of the University of Bonn; Jean-Claude Rage and Nathalie Bardet of the Museum of Natural History in Paris; Xavier Pereda of the University of the Basque Country, and the Salas de los Infantes paleoarchaeological collective.

The new species has been named Arcanosaurus ibericus and the research was carried out on 29 vertebrae found in the 1990s and donated to the Dinosaur Museum, where the fossils had remained as “unclassified jewels” awaiting study, Torcida said.

Nathalie Bardet said that the vertebrae belong to an animal 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) long and they display a combination of characteristics not found in other examples of the Varanoidea. Moreover, the microanatomical research the team performed showed the absence of adaptations for an aquatic existence, thus leading to the conclusion that the animal lived on land.

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush New Book on Immigration - No Citizenship for Undocumented

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush New Book on Immigration - No Citizenship for Undocumented

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday that he is against granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants, though a path to citizenship is seen by many as a cornerstone of immigration reform.

“Our proposal is a proposal that looks forward, and if we want to create an immigration policy that’s going to work, we can’t continue to make illegal immigration an easier path than legal immigration,” he said on NBC’s TODAY Show.

The Republican appeared to retract earlier statements that let it be known he supported a path to citizenship for the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

A new book on the topic by Bush and co-author Clint Bolick, “Immigrations Wars: Forging an American Solution,” comes out this week.

“There has to be some difference between people who come here legally and illegally,” Bush said Monday. “It’s just a matter of common sense and a matter of the rule of law.

“If we’re not going to apply the law fairly and consistently, then we’re going to have another wave of illegal immigrants coming into the country,” said the former governor, who is the son of President George H.W. Bush and the younger brother of President George W. Bush.

During the interview he said that many immigrants with illegal status don’t even want to become U.S. citizens, citing data from the 1986 amnesty.

“Half the people in ‘86 that could have gotten amnesty didn’t apply,” Gov. Bush said. “Many people don’t want to be citizens of our country. They want to come here, they want to work hard, they want to provide for their families.”

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Immigration News:  ACLU Keeps Miindful Eye on Arizona’s Application of SB 1070

Immigration News:  ACLU Keeps Miindful Eye on Arizona’s Application of SB 1070

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona continues to document cases of civil rights violations under the “show me your papers” provision of the state’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law.

“We continue working with different organizations across the state to document cases of people who have been detained illegally and have been victims of racial profiling,” Allessandra Soler, executive director of the Arizona ACLU, told Efe on Monday.

Complaints are received on a telephone line (1-855-225-8291), which has been operational since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that parts of SB 1070 could stand.

Reports have also been received on that line since last September about the application of the law’s Subsection 2(b), which requires state and local law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

The ACLU of Arizona has received more than 2,000 calls on the hotline since last June.

The ACLU is documenting cases of citizens and legal residents who suspect their rights have been violated under the “show me your papers” provision.

“We get calls from mothers who have been detained when they were walking after dropping their kids off at school. We have received calls from students who have been handed over to immigration by police who are protected under SB 1070,” Soler said.

She added that all these incidents are being documented as evidence for a future lawsuit.

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7 Found Dead in Horrific Crime Scene in Sinaloa, Mexico - 4 Cops Amongst Dead

7 Found Dead in Horrific Crime Scene in Sinaloa, Mexico - 4 Cops Amongst Dead

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The bodies of four municipal police officers and three civilians were found in El Rosario, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, a city official said Monday.

A charred SUV and 70 bullet casings from weapons of different calibers were found at the site where the bodies were discovered, El Rosario Mayor Edgar Gonzalez Satarain said.

El Rosario, a city in the mountains of Sinaloa, had “been spared these acts of violence,” the mayor said.

“I hope that the authorities responsible for handling the case will take action and impose order to keep peace in the city,” Gonzalez Satarain said.

Police cordoned off the crime scene and launched a search with army troops for the individuals involved in the killings.

Sinaloa is home to the drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.

The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.

Other gangs, including the Beltran Leyva organization, also operate in the state.

The Beltran Leyva cartel arose as a splinter group of the Sinaloa organization in 2008.

The Beltran Leyva cartel has been weakened by the killings and arrests of several of its leaders, as well as infighting.

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