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SundayMarch 17, 2013

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Authorities Release 20 of 21 Suspected Criminals Arrested in Small Mexican Town

Twenty of the 21 suspects detained by community police members in Buenavista Tomatlan, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, and handed over to authorities have been released, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Investigators found no evidence that the suspects were involved in drug trafficking or served as lookouts for smugglers, the AG’s office said.

One suspect is being held in custody because investigators found he had a criminal record in the United States and plan to hand him over to U.S. authorities, the AG’s office said.

The community police force turned the 21 suspects over to prosecutors last Wednesday.

The suspects were detained in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a town also known as “La Ruana” and located in Michoacan’s Tierra Caliente region, an area that became a marijuana growing center in the 1970s.

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Spain’s Nadal to Face Argentina’s Del Potro in Indian Wells final

Spain’s Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, and will play Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro for the championship on Sunday.

Del Potro upset Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 50 minutes on Saturday night.

Nadal, who needed one hour and 43 minutes to beat Berdych, is playing in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event since injuring his knee last year.

“This seemed like something that was impossible. It was very hard to imagine something like this, but here we are today,” Nadal told reporters.

The world No. 5 is now 13-3 against Berdych, whom he has beaten 12 straight times, including seven wins on hard courts.

“I have already done more than I expected, so whatever the final result is it’ll be fantastic. I’m going to enjoy it, to give everything I have and try to win, but knowing that just being in the final is a gift,” Nadal said.

The 26-year-old Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam champion, is back in action after not playing for seven months due to a knee injury.

Nadal began last summer 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 went off the ATP Tour following a shocking second-round loss at Wimbledon.

The Spanish star said in August that he was suffering from a knee ailment known as Hoffa’s syndrome, which is also known as fat pad impingement and involves pain and swelling around the bottom and under the kneecap.

Del Potro is the first Argentine to reach the final at Indian Wells since Guillermo Vilas, who lost to Brian Gottfried in 1979.

The only South American tennis player to win at the event in the California desert was Marcelo Rios, who beat Greg Rusedski in the final in 1998.

A player must do “everything perfect” to beat Nadal, Del Potro said after his match.

“He is moving very fast on the baseline, so I will try to be aggressive, to go to the net, serve well and make few errors,” the 24-year-old Del Potro said.

The tall Argentine defeated Nadal 7-6, 6-4 in an exhibition match at New York’s Madison Square Garden two weeks ago.

The BNP Paribas Open is one of the biggest hard-court tournaments on the ATP calendar.

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Argentina Strives to be Oil Independent by 2020

Argentina Strives to be Oil Independent by 2020

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YPF, the oil company controlled by the Argentine state following the expropriation of a 51 percent stake in the corporation from Spain’s Repsol, has set the goal of achieving energy independence, an objective that could be met in “five or six years,” CEO Miguel Galuccio said.

“It is possible to think about regaining self-sufficiency in five or six years,” Galuccio told Radio Nacional.

“It is a matter of having good planning, an investment plan, and putting all our energy into substituting (imports) with local energy, which is going to be much cheaper,” Galuccio said.

YPF plans “aggressive investment” of about $5 billion for “petroleum and gas exploration and production,” Galuccio said.

“We have to turn our resources into reserves that are exploitable. In 2013, 113 wells will be explored to create the economies of scale needed to develop the resources in a profitable manner,” the YPF chief said.

YPF has managed to halt the decline in production after several years, Galuccio said.

Crude oil production rose 2.2 percent in 2012 after dropping 7.6 percent in 2011, while gas output fell 2.3 percent last year and 10.2 percent in 2011, YPF says.

The Argentine government seized control of YPF in May 2012, when Congress approved a bill to expropriate a 51 percent stake in the energy firm from Spanish oil major Repsol, which retains a 12 percent stake in the oil company.

President Cristina Fernandez’s administration accused the Spanish company of using YPF as a cash cow to fund its international expansion.

The World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes agreed last December to hear a complaint filed by Repsol against Argentina’s expropriation of its controlling stake in YPF.

The Spanish company filed the suit on Dec. 3, six months after notifying Argentina that it planned to take the dispute to international arbitration unless it received fair compensation for the 51 percent stake seized in its former Argentine unit.

The Spanish oil major is seeking to have the nationalization declared illegal and for Argentina to be forced to reverse the decision or compensate the company for it.

Repsol, which formerly had a 57.4 percent stake in Argentina’s largest oil and gas producer but now holds a roughly 12 percent interest, is seeking $10.5 billion in compensation from the Argentine government.

The Spanish company also has taken legal action against the nationalization in courts in Argentina, Spain and the United States.

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Oldest City in U.S. Honors Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon

Oldest City in U.S. Honors Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon

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St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the United States, will pay tribute on April 6 to Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon (1460-1521), who discovered Florida in 1513, with an equestrian and military exhibition and with live music, among other events.

The celebration coincides with the 5th Centennial of the Discovery of Florida and the Cathedral Basilica in the northeast Florida coastal city will celebrate a commemorative Mass dedicated to Ponce de Leon’s baptismal font, an exact replica of which will be sent from Spain to the United States.

The installation of the font copy, which the city hall of Santervas de Campos in Valladolid province - the birthplace of the explorer - will present to the town hall of St. Augustine, will be one of the main events at the celebration in this country.

St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spaniard Pedro Menendez de Aviles, thus will participate in the events commemorating Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida, a landing that marked the beginning of Spanish exploration and colonization of the North American continent and began the modern history of the United States.

The so-called Men of Menendez reenactment society will participate in the commemorative events on April 6 outfitted in garments of the epoch and carrying period Spanish flags and weaponry of that day and age, a curtain-raiser for the celebration in 2015 of the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.

From March 23 until Dec. 12, exhibits entitled “Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth” and “Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida’s Magical Waters” will be open to the public at the Florida Museum of Natural History in the north-central university community of Gainesville, about 118 km (73 miles) west of St. Augustine.

The first exhibit consists of a series of photographs and texts that provide a visual celebration of the state’s natural springs, as well as a meditation on their future that alerts the public to the decline of the springs due to the action of man and the lack of rainfall, among other negative factors.

And “Finding the Fountain of Youth” examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation and magical spring-fed waters.

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Spaniard Ricky Rubio Hopes to Represent Country in European Basketball Championship

Spaniard Ricky Rubio Hopes to Represent Country in European Basketball Championship

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Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, a Spaniard, is continuing to adjust to the competition in the NBA after the serious injury to his left knee he suffered last season, and he said he is convinced that he will be back to normal by summer so that he can play with the Spanish national team in the European Basketball Championship.

“If the knee is OK and there’s nothing else ... I think it’ll go well for me and it’s always an honor to fight with the team,” Rubio told Efe.

But Rubio’s big challenge continues to be how much he can contribute on the court after his serious injury.

“It’s a tough thing because at first you’re not very good physically, but you have to fight. You have to not think much because sometimes you obsess ... whether you can return to being the same. You have to let time pass and for the effort and the work to bear fruit,” he said.

Rubio also admitted that he had gotten his first triple-double - notching 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists - against the San Antonio Spurs and said it was important, but above all because of the fact that the Wolves won the game.

“But, fine, it’s something I don’t like to think about until the end of the season. Now I’m just thinking about the team and trying to win each game and doing the best possible,” he said.

The 22-year-old Catalonian native said that so far this season he has played in 38 games, scoring an average 9.7 points per game, along with 7.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds.

Rubio also acknowledged that the Wolves (22-41) are not doing so well this season, saying “It’s difficult, to go every night and lose, but OK, it’s something we have to learn, because we’re a young team and this season we’ve been a little marked by injuries, but - no excuses - we have to want to win all the games.”

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Mexico Offering Greater Opportunities to Aspiring Spanish Musicians

Mexico Offering Greater Opportunities to Aspiring Spanish Musicians

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Spanish musicians are looking to Mexico for opportunities amid the deep economic recession that has hurt music sales and dampened concert attendance in their homeland.

Mexico is a dynamic market that offers Spanish musicians the chance to keep sharing their work with the world and earn a living from their art.

Carlos Garcia, director of planning for the Spanish Music Producers Association, or Promusicae, plans to travel to Mexico and the United States in coming days to try to find new markets.

“With the Spanish market having dropped so much, one of the increasingly necessary options is to go outside, both for the groups and their managers, and the music companies,” Garcia told Efe in a telephone interview.

Mexico is the No. 3 market for exports of Spanish music, trailing only the European Union and the United States, and is the market growing the most in Latin America, the Promusicae official said.

Several concert venues opened in Mexico last year, such as the Auditorio Blackberry, which has a seating capacity of about 4,000, and the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, which holds more than 22,000 people.

Spanish bands Love of Lesbian, Corizonas, Supersubmarina and DJ Dr Bellido will perform in a free event next Tuesday at the Spanish Cultural Center in Mexico City.

The concert was organized by Promusicae to get the bands exposure in the Mexican market.

Love of Lesbian is one of the 10 Spanish bands performing this weekend at the Festival Vive Latino in Mexico City, an event expected to draw about 200,000 people during its three-day run.

The festival has become one of the largest music events in Latin America.

Soziedad Alkoholika, Los Punsetes, Violadores del Verso, Mala Rodriguez, Dorian, Ska-p, Arianna Puello, Corizonas and Xoel Lopez are the other bands performing in the 14th edition of the festival, which has the largest number of Spanish bands in its history on the 2013 bill.

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Families of Victims Question Deaths on Behalf of Border Patrol

Families of Victims Question Deaths on Behalf of Border Patrol

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Frustration and indignation is what relatives and activists feel in the face of the lack of clarification surrounding several immigrants’ deaths at the hands of the Border Patrol.

“It’s almost two years since the death of my son and nothing has happened, nobody can give me an answer,” Guadalupe Guerrero told Efe.

Guerrero is the mother of young Mexican-American Carlos Lamadrid, who was killed March 21, 2011, by a Border Patrol officer on the Arizona border with Mexico.

According to the authorities’ investigation, the 19-year-old and a companion were riding in a pickup truck and tried to elude the authorities by driving toward the border fence with the intention of crossing over to the Mexican side in the city of Douglas, Arizona.

While Lamadrid was climbing a ladder to get over the border fence, a Border Patrol officer fatally shot him.

At the time, the federal agent told investigators that he shot the young man to “defend himself” from the stones that others were throwing at him from the Mexican side.

“The only thing we want is justice for my son, for someone to give me answers, but nobody is telling me anything. The only thing they say to me is always that the case remains under investigation,” Guerrero said.

The woman will lead a march on March 21 to the site where her son died to honor his memory.

The deaths of people at the hands of Border Patrol agents along the frontier with Mexico concerns organizations like the Arizona Human Rights Coalition.

At least 19 people, according to the coalition, have died over the past two years in incidents involving Border Patrol officers along the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Libro Traficante - Smuggling Banned Books Into Arizona

Libro Traficante - Smuggling Banned Books Into Arizona

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

We’re big fans of Tony Diaz, AKA el Librotraficante, and the work he’s doing to shed light on the issue of banned Latino books.

When the books were banned in Arizona, he became a book trafficker to take (smuggle?) them in…Image

That’s the kind of thinking that make you take notice, stand, cheer, and ask what you can do to help. So any time we see that Tony is making some waves we try to lend a hand.

He recently did an interview on One Voice Radio. Check it out HERE, or click on the picture to go to the site.

This article was first published in NewsTaco.

NewsTaco provides you with innovative and insightful news, critique, analysis and opinion from a Latino perspective in a 24-hour world.

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Cuban Pitcher Yadier Pedroso Dies in Car Accident, Age 26

Cuban Pitcher Yadier Pedroso Dies in Car Accident, Age 26

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Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso, a member of the national baseball team that played in the 3rd World Classic, died in a traffic accident on the weekend, state media reported Sunday.

Pedroso was riding in an automobile that crashed into a cargo truck on Friday night at a spot known as Manga Central on the highway leading to the province of Artemisa, located 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Havana, the official AIN news agency said.

The 26-year-old right-handed hurler earlier had played on another of the island’s national teams that came in second in a world championship.

Over the course of his short career, his play in eight National Baseball Series stood out and, according to experts, he was clearly one of the best pitchers in Cuban baseball.

During the 48th National Baseball Series in 2009 he became a mainstay leading the team from the old province of La Habana and coached by Esteban Lombillo to victory.

Pedroso ended the National Baseball Series with 76 wins and 45 losses, with an earned run average 3.15 per 9-inning game, not counting his work with the Artemisa team during the 2012-2013 season.

He played in 10 international competitions, where he almost always worked as a relief pitcher, in a total of 26 games and emerged with two wins and one loss.

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Two Young Boys Show Mom How to Do CPR and Save Baby’s Life

Two Young Boys Show Mom How to Do CPR and Save Baby’s Life

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Two boys, ages 10 and 9, have helped save the life of a 12-week-old baby by learning CPR from posters in their school’s cafeteria.

The Huffington Post has reported that Ethan Wilson, 10, and Rocky Hurt, 9, were playing football when Susanna Rohm frantically ran outside screaming that her baby, Isaiah, had stopped breathing.

Rohm was only asking for the boys to have their parents call 911 as she had just dropped her cell phone in a panic and broke it. Rohm did not have a landline.

Instead, the two boys had decided to take matters into their own hands as they recalled CPR techniques from a poster in their health class at Sedalia Park Elementary School.

“I told her to push on the baby’s chest five to 10 times with only two fingers, tilt back the baby’s head, plug the baby’s nose and breathe into the baby’s mouth,” Ethan said.

The baby came to, started to cry and breathe again.

Baby Isaiah spent two nights in the hospital and was diagnosed with sleep apnea, reported Yahoo News.

“If the little boy hadn’t shown me how to do the compressions right here ... and said that in that moment, my baby would not be alive right now. And I am incredibly grateful,” Rohm said.

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Timely Time in Latin America

Timely Time in Latin America

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By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco

One thing that has been lacking for many years and from many United States Administrations is a Latin American policy. We have had policies, don’t get me wrong.  But, we have never had a comprehensive policy since the early nineteenth century and then it was only warning the world that Latin America was our backyard and there was no room for other exploiters.

A review of our policies over the almost last two centuries, going all the way back to the Mexican War of 1848 when the United States acquired half of Mexico as its own indicates nothing but a belligerent and imperialistic attitude toward any and all Latin American countries.  A brief review will suffice here.Image

The Mexican War, which really began earlier than 1848, expanded US control over half of all of Mexico plus several million dollars.  This war, which saw the desecration of Catholic churches to such an extreme that an entire brigade of Irish Catholic soldiers disserted and joined the Mexican Army, did not leave a good taste in the mouth of our neighbor to the south.

Then we went to war with Spain in the 1890s and received Cuba, the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico and other concessions bolstering our empire.
Don’t you just love this!  While nativists scream about us speaking Spanish, the United States kept adding Spanish Speaking countries to its growing empire!

Anyway, during both World Wars we added a military presence in almost every country in the hemisphere to use as logistic, training, and strategic centers.  So by the time we overthrew the Guatemalan government in the 1950s we were well established militarily in the region.  Beginning with Guatemala we expanded control by backing dictatorships, mostly military, throughout Central America, with the exception of Costa Rica down through Panama and into South America.

The 1960s saw us begin waging war against communism by blockading Cuba and supporting Operation Condor throughout South America.  This last operation was supporting the oppressive military dictatorships in Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina.  All these repressive regimes since have fallen, mostly through the anger of the people who have now instituted liberal-type democracies. 

But the issue is that these countries have not forgotten that the United States always supported the dictatorships, murder squads, political prisons, torture centers, biased media outlets and anti-democratic movements throughout the hemisphere.  This may be our “backyard” but we have not played well with our neighbors.

Latin Americans, I have found throughout my travels, see a role model for democracy in the United States regardless of our past reputation.  Many see the political actions of our leaders as those of misguided individuals and not a reflection of who Americans are as a people.  I tend to agree with this perspective.

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130 Bands Take the Stage at Vive Latino Festival in Mexico City

130 Bands Take the Stage at Vive Latino Festival in Mexico City

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One day late after the scheduled first day was canceled, one of the most important events in the world of Ibero-American music, the three-day Vive Latino Festival, kicked off in Mexico City with the prospect of presenting some 130 bands.

Just before 2 p.m. Friday under a light rain, the Mexican group Centavrvs appeared onstage at the Foro Sol (Sun Forum) arena to officially open the 14th edition of the festival.

Close to 130 bands will take to the six stages of the Foro Sol concert venue in the Mexican capital, one of the promoters of the event, Andres Sanchez, told Efe, adding that some 200,000 music fans are expected to turn up for the event.

“We have a musical program of more than 120 bands and there’s a lot of South America in it, a lot of Spain, it’s what people ask us for,” the promoter said.

This year features an abundance of Spanish bands like Love of Lesbian, Los Punsetes, Violadores del Verso, Mala Rodriguez, Ska-p and Dorian.

There will also be some performers as yet unknown in Mexico like the Spanish rapper of Dominican descent, Arianna Puella, and Xoel Lopez, once leader of the Deluxe group.

Among the international bands most eagerly awaited are Britain’s Underworld and Blur, the latter taking the stage Saturday night, as well as Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, who will play Sunday night.

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Colombian Army Seizes 4 Tons of Cocaine at FARC Drug Lab

Colombian Army Seizes 4 Tons of Cocaine at FARC Drug Lab

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Army troops destroyed “the largest drug storage center” operated by the FARC guerrilla group in southwestern Colombia and seized four tons of cocaine bound for Central America and the United States, special counternarcotics brigade commander Col. Jorge Mora told Efe.

The anti-drug operation was conducted last Tuesday in a remote area outside Zanjal, a hamlet in Cauca province, Mora said.

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrillas attacked soldiers from the special brigade outside the complex, Mora told Efe by telephone.

“There was fighting that lasted about 15 minutes,” Mora said, adding that the guerrillas fled and there were no casualties among the army troops involved in the operation.

The lab complex had generators, microwave ovens, fans, industrial blenders and seven electric pumps, Mora said.

The clandestine laboratory had the capacity to produce up to one ton of cocaine daily, the army officer said.

Soldiers seized two tons of cut coca leaf, half a ton of solid chemicals and 3,000 gallons (11,355 liters) of other chemicals used to produce cocaine.

The illegal drug complex financed the operations of six FARC fronts in Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Nariño provinces, Mora said.

The FARC and the Colombian government are holding peace talks in Havana in an effort to end the nearly 50-year-old internal conflict in the South American nation.

The accord establishing a framework for the peace process was signed on Aug. 26, 2012, in Havana after six months of secret exploratory discussions on the communist-ruled island under the auspices of the Cuban and Norwegian governments.

The initial phase of the talks began on Nov. 19.

The most recent peace process with the rebels, during the 1998-2002 government of President Andres Pastrana, took place in a demilitarized area of southern Colombia - dubbed “Farclandia” - and collapsed amid mutual recriminations.

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

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

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Death Toll of Fireworks Accident Rises to 14 in Mexico

Death Toll of Fireworks Accident Rises to 14 in Mexico

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The death toll from a fireworks explosion in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala has risen to 14, authorities said Saturday.

The state government said in a statement that nine people died at the site of the accident in the village of Jesus Tepactepec - eight men and one woman - while five others seriously injured in the blast, including one child, passed away in area hospitals.

Through Friday night, 14 people were listed as dead and 153 others as injured. Some 84 people had been released from hospital because they did not require further medical attention.

The authorities confirmed that the explosion occurred when a firework rocket launched during a religious procession landed on a pick-up truck being used to transport the rest of the pyrotechnic material.

The blast came as scores of people were walking through the streets of Jesus Tepactepec, carrying religious icons and performing ritual dances in connection with the feast of a local patron saint.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto expressed his condolences to the families of the victims on Twitter: “I regret the terrible accident in Tlaxcala. My sympathy to the families of those who died.”

Tlaxcala Gov. Mariano Gonzalez declared three days of mourning.

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Tampered Alcohol Kills 87, Over 1,000 Sickened in Libya

Tampered Alcohol Kills 87, Over 1,000 Sickened in Libya

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At least 87 people have died and 1,014 are suffering the effects of being poisoned last week in Libya from drinking adulterated alcohol, the nation’s health minister said.

Two of the people hospitalized are in a state of clinical death and another 14 are in critical condition in an intensive care unit, the minister said.

Among those affected are Tunisians, Algerians, Moroccans, Somalis, Sudanese and Egyptians, and 12 women including four Libyans and eight foreigners, the nation’s top health official, Yusef al Wafi, said.

Cases of poisoning began to surface more than a week ago, and five days later the authorities announced the arrest of several people suspected of making the adulterated alcohol.

The sale and consumption of alcohol is banned in Libya in obedience to the precepts of the Islamic religion, but it is nevertheless distilled clandestinely.

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India Arrests 7 In Connection with Rape of Swiss Tourist

Indian police have arrested seven suspects in the rape of a Swiss woman in the northern part of the country, a spokesperson for the Swiss Embassy in this capital told Efe Saturday.

The source said that the woman and her husband, who was beaten by the assailants, reported the crime to police on Saturday, but did not wish to reveal the victims’ identity nor any other personal information.

According to local media, the couple were camping near the town of Jhadia in Madhya Pradesh state, when they were attacked by the aggressors, who then robbed them of their belongings.

The husband and wife were traveling by bicycle and were on their way to the city of Agra to see the Taj Mahal.

The rape was one more in the wave of sexual abuse occurring daily in India since the violation and death in December of a young woman in New Delhi, in a case that enraged the population and revealed the lack of protection for women in this country.

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