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MondayApril 22, 2013

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U.S. Attorney General Holder Set to Visit Mexico This Week

U.S. Attorney General Holder Set to Visit Mexico This Week

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Mexico to discuss with that country’s top law enforcement officials ways to “deepen” bilateral cooperation on judicial matters, the Justice Department announced Monday.

As part of his one-day visit on Tuesday, Holder will meet with Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam and will participate in meetings with other judicial officials from the United States and Mexico, the department said in a statement.

All the meetings will be private and their objective is to allow officials to analyze ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican cooperation on judicial and police matters, Holder’s office said.

The AG’s visit will come on the eve of President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, due to take place on May 2-4, a visit that will be dominated by the issue of public safety in the region.

Last week, Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong was in Washington to sign an agreement to launch a new phase of the Merida Initiative to fight drug trafficking.

According to authorities of both countries, Obama’s visit will serve to revitalize the bilateral agenda and to direct more resources toward the Merida Initiative.

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UFC: Henderson Defeats Melendez, Proposes to Girlfriend

UFC: Henderson Defeats Melendez, Proposes to Girlfriend

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On Saturday, Benson Henderson took on Gilbert Melendez at the HP Pavilion in San Jose for UFC on Fox 7.

Henderson and Melendez went five rounds, with the former winning three and keeping his UFC lightweight title (155lb).

To many, a number of rounds were extremely close so when it went to the judges there was not a clear winner. However, when Henderson was announced the winner the crowd at the HP Pavilion began booing, likely because Melendez is somewhat of a hometown hero.

Henderson’s record now sits at 19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC with Melendez at 21-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC.

After the split decision, Henderson added to his UFC win with a more personal win by dropping to one knee and asking his girlfriend, Maria Magana, to marry him. Enthusiastically, Magana said yes.

With such a hotly contested fight there is likely a Henderson-Melendez rematch in the future.

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Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Argentine City of Santiago del Estero

Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Argentine City of Santiago del Estero

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On Sunday, the sky over an Argentine City was lit up by a meteor.

At around 3:30 a.m., the people of Santiago del Estero in northern Argentina were stunned and some frightened by a meteor as it burned up over near the city.

Someone attending a nearby music festival managed to capture the event, which caused thousands of people to take to social media asking about the large ball of light.

Jorge Coghlan, director of the Astronomical Observatory of Santa Fe said the light was likely a meteor entering the atmosphere at a high speed and disintegrating.

The light was so bright is could be seen for hundreds of miles.

 

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Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky Post Photo of Adorable Daughter at Beach

Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky Post Photo of Adorable Daughter at Beach

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Chris Hemsworth recently posted a photo of his daughter India’s day at the beach and caused a worldwide “Aww” to escape everyone’s mouth.

Last May, the Australian actor and his Spanish wife, Elsa Pataky, welcomed baby India Rose into the family.

Pataky, born Elsa Lafuente Medianu, is known for a number of roles, both Spanish- and English-language, and can next be seen in The Wine of Summer and Fast & Furious 6 (she played Vin Diesel’s love interest in 2011’s Fast Five.

Hemsworth is finishing up his role as real-life Formula 1 racer James Hunt in Ron Howard’s Rush, but became a big name in Hollywood with his lead role in Thor and as Thor in 2012’s The Avengers. His brother, Liam Hemsworth, is also making his name in Hollywood and is currently engaged to

Check out the couple’s daughter India Rose. It really comes as no surprise that India is so cute. Her parents certainly had some great genes to pass on.

Hemsworth captioned the photo, “Princess India loves the beach.”

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Border Patrol Pursuit Leaves 5 Dead Amongst 22 Individuals in Vehicle

Border Patrol Pursuit Leaves 5 Dead Amongst 22 Individuals in Vehicle

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reporting that at least five individuals were killed when the SUV they were traveling in over turned after being pursued by Border Patrol agents in Arizona.

There are conflicting reports as to how many individuals were in the Chevy Tahoe when it crashed drove through a border checkpoint near Vail, Arizona.  Local authorities are reporting 22 individuals while Border Patrol is reporting 18 were inside the vehicle.

Early reports indicate the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle and rolled.

Border Patrol has not released any other details such as the identity or nationality of the deceased and why the vehicle was being pursued.  Some reports indicate the Tahoe blew past an immigration checkpoint. 

There are numerous immigration interior checkpoints close to the U.S.-Mexico border, some are permanent and others are set up without prior notice.

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Octogenarian Duchess of Alba Suffers 2nd Accidental Fall Since Wedding to Much Younger Alfonso Diez

Octogenarian Duchess of Alba Suffers 2nd Accidental Fall Since Wedding to Much Younger Alfonso Diez

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Spain’s duchess of Alba was hospitalized in Rome after suffering a fractured head of a femur from a fall last week in the Italian capital, members of her establishment told Efe on Monday.

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 87, underwent an operation on Friday, from which she is recovering satisfactorily, and could remain at the medical center for about five days, those close to her said.

The fall occurred when, after visiting the Palazzo Collona and the Piazza del Campidoglio, the duchess went to buy some Murano glass, but tripped and fell, eyewitnesses told Efe.

The duchess’s eldest son, Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, duke of Huescar, arrived in Rome Monday to be with his mother.

The Spanish ambassador to Italy, Javier Elorza, and the Spanish consul in Rome, Eduardo De Laiglesia, contacted the duke of Huescar to offer any help necessary, diplomatic sources told Efe.

“Fortunately it is a clean fracture, my mother is well and we hope that in a few days she can return to Spain,” the duke told the diplomats, whom he thanked for their consideration.

In October 2011, soon after her marriage to Alfonso Diez, the duchess, one of Spain’s richest women, suffered another accidental fall that cause a fracture of the pelvis.

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F**King, S**T On-Air Debut for A.J. Clemente Ends One Day Career (VIDEO)

Novice TV anchor was enjoying his first moments on the public airwaves of Bismarck, North Dakota when he was caught on-air with a very foul mouth this weekend.  A. J. Clemente was about to co-anchor NBC Bismarck affiliate, KFYR,  Sunday evening news along with Van Tieu with his gaffe was heard. 

This was to be his first moments on air and clearly nerves got the better of him or he just likes to swear – not sure.

He was preparing to introduce himself to Bismarck, unaware that the news broadcast had started and that his microphone was on.  He was distracted reading some note, we don’t know if he was reading the weather report for Bismarck which is always a bummer or something else when he was overheard saying f**king s**t.

Some say he threw in the word “gay” for good measure when taking about London Marathon winner “Tsegaye Kebede” later in the broadcast.

Seconds later he realized that his broadcast career was basically over at least in the state of North Dakota.  Clemente was quickly introduced by Tieu after the gaffe then rambles about being a recent graduate of West Virginia University, a plug they did not need or want we are sure. 

Clemente, who violated FCC profanity rules, was suspended on Sunday after the newscast and then fired on Monday.  Poor Tieu who was left to do the rest of the news solo has not issued a comment or her own profane thoughts about Clemente’s debut performance. 


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Are Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Back Together?

Are Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Back Together?

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Despite Selena Gomez’s recent claims she and Justin Bieber were over and that she is single, a photo briefly posted on Bieber’s Instagram account indicates otherwise.

Last week, it was reported Gomez flew to Norway to meet up with her “ex-boyfriend” who is currently touring in Scandanavia.

On Saturday, while in Denmark, Bieber posted a photo of he and Gomez looking quite close. Shortly after the photo went up, however, it was taken down.

Though it’s unclear why it was taken down, the photo was up long enough to make its way around the web ad cause speculation about the on-again, off-again duo.


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Hooded Protesters Overtake Mexico’s UNAM President’s Office

Hooded Protesters Overtake Mexico’s UNAM President’s Office

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A group of “people with their faces covered” occupied the office of the president of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, over the weekend to protest the expulsion of five students and make several other demands, officials of the Mexico City-based university said.

“People with their faces covered have once again attacked the UNAM,” the Office of Directors of Schools, Institutes and Centers said in a statement.

The building was occupied on Sunday, two days after students staged a protest march at the UNAM, Mexico’s largest university and one of Latin America’s leading higher education institutions, officials said.

The university provides adequate channels for students to seek a redress of grievances and lodge complaints, the UNAM said.

About 200 students from the School of Sciences and Humanities, one of the UNAM’s university preparatory schools, marched down one of Mexico City’s main avenues last Friday to Ciudad Universitaria, the institution’s main campus.

Some 15 hooded students burst into the building that houses the president’s office and occupied it to demand the reinstatement of five students from the School of Sciences and Humanities’ campus in Naucalpan, a Mexico City suburb, who were expelled for vandalism on Feb. 5.

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“What Would Ryan Lochte Do?”  Really, We Have No Idea

“What Would Ryan Lochte Do?”  Really, We Have No Idea

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Is he serious?

That’s likely the question many asked over and over again while watching the first episode of E!‘s “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?”

“WWRLD?” follows the life of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, 28, as he…well, we don’t exactly know what he does aside from live the life of a frat boy and swim.

During the 2012 Olympics, Lochte was one of the few athletes able to steal some of the spotlight from fellow U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps. With his all-American grill, Lochte garnered a lot of female attention, likely helping him land his reality show.

Despite his “douchebag” label, Lochte does manage to come off as endearing and less “douchey” than one would expect, often tearing up when talking about his family and their never-ending support.

And while he may not be a genius, he’s not exactly Forrest Gump. (On the other hand, sometimes he is the walking jock stereotype.)

When talking about his label as “America’s Douchebag”:

What does douchebag even mean? No, really, I don’t know what it actually is.


So what would Ryan Lochte do? Who knows, but if he doesn’t stop saying, “Jeah!” we may have to mute him. Stop watching? Of course not! That speedo more than makes up for any stupid catchphrase and let’s be honest, reality TV stars are not chosen for their brilliance.

 

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Jenni Rivera’s Final Film, ‘Filly Brown’, Performs Well at Box Office

Jenni Rivera’s Final Film, ‘Filly Brown’, Performs Well at Box Office

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Though Tom Cruise’s Oblivion was the clear box office winner this weekend, bringing in $38 million, Filly Brown, did not go unnoticed.

The film, one of the late Jenni Rivera’s final projects and her first (only) bigscreen role, debuted with $1.3 million, and nabbed an ‘A-’ rating from Cinema Score.

Filly Brown tells the story of Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio (newcomer Gina Rodriguez), a tough LA street poet who spits from the heart. After meeting a talented DJ she cuts her first demo under the guidance of a small time hustler more interested in promoting Majo’s sexuality than her lyrics. Soon a major label and its strong-arm executive come calling. Convinced that a record deal will deliver much needed money for the family, Majo is suddenly faced with some stark choices. Does she accept the deal and turn her back on the friends who got her to the precipice of success or does she let a golden opportunity slip away.

Rivera plays Majo’s imprisoned, drug-addicted mother Maria Tonorio.

The film was distributed by Pantelion Films in a joint venture with Lionsgate and Telivisa.

On Wednesday, Rivera’s family attended a screening of the film at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14.

After greeting fans and meeting with members of the press, Pedro Rivera, the late singer-actress’ father, told Billboard, ‘She had love for her fans. When someone is so passionate and loves what they do the results speak for themselves.’

The film did well at the specialty box office, with Pantelion’s chairman James M. McNamara saying the film was expected to do well in Los Angeles, Houston, Phoeniz, San Francisco and other cities with large Latino populations.

‘What we’ve tried to do is tap into that tremendous fan base that Jenni had,’ McNamara told Billboard. ‘Those fans have reacted positively to the film. She’s a very good actress.’

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Mexican Grandfather and Youth Coach Wins Deportation Reprieve

Mexican Grandfather and Youth Coach Wins Deportation Reprieve

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U.S. immigration authorities lifted a deportation order against Eduardo Mireles, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who coaches youth soccer teams in North Carolina.

Vincent Picard, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed Monday to Efe that the agency decided to reopen the case and administratively close the voluntary deportation that a judge signed last December after an “exhaustive review.”

“ICE has adopted clear priorities for the identification and deportation of those people who have violated existing ... laws, those who have just crossed the borders, and ... fugitives from the immigration courts,” Picard emphasized.

The Mireles case captured national attention when his 8-year-old granddaughter, Sharytin Hernandez, during a vigil tearfully asked ICE not to separate her from her grandfather.

“All of us in the family are very happy because they will not deport me to Mexico, and above all the girl. It was a difficult situation, but my recommendation to people is not to remain quiet, and to tell your story,” Mireles told Efe on Monday.

He obtained the help of the NC Dream Team, which several weeks ago launched a signature collection campaign online to gather community support to prevent his deportation.

Viridiana Martinez, the founder of the group, confirmed Monday to Efe that at least 500 people joined the campaign to help the Mexican man, who immigrated 14 years ago to the Charlotte area from Mexico City and, since then, has coached little league soccer and volunteered with the Boy Scouts.

Mireles was arrested in August 2010 for driving with an expired license. A few days later he was sent to an immigration detention center in Atlanta but was released when his family paid bail of $5,000.

Over the past few months, ICE has halted the deportations of a number of undocumented foreigners in North Carolina who had been detained by local authorities, most of them for minor traffic infractions.

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Earth Day 2013: Honoring Nohra Padilla’s Earth Saving Work in Colombia

Earth Day 2013: Honoring Nohra Padilla’s Earth Saving Work in Colombia

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As the U.S. joins others countries around the world celebrating Earth Day 2013 today, Colombia is celebrating one of their country’s great informal environmentalists, Nohra Padilla.

Padilla just received the Goldman Environmental Prize which honors “environmental heroes” around the world.  The prize is considered the world’s largest prize honoring grassroots environmentalists. 

Padilla is tackling the issue of city dumps and the overflow of garbage in Bogota.  She is an advocate for Colombia’s “waste pickers” that pick through trash piles as a means of survival.  Padilla knows first hand the hardships and health hazards being a “waster picker” bring – she and her 11 siblings did it so the family could eat.

‘Waster pickers’ in Colombia are an informal army of recyclers that keep toxic recyclables out of landfills and help reduce the powerful greenhouse gases compostable garbage creates. 

Padilla organized ‘waster pickers’ into cooperatives of recyclers representing some 3,000 informal recyclers in Bogota and 12,000 throughout Colombia.  Thanks to this Earth Day hero all new waste management contracts in the country require hiring ‘waster pickers’. 

To do your part on Earth Day 2013, you can take action by volunteering, attend an Earth Day event, or more importantly commit to protecting the planet in your own way.

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Mario Lopez Set to Return to ‘The X Factor’; Bye-Bye Khloe Kardashian

Mario Lopez Set to Return to ‘The X Factor’; Bye-Bye Khloe Kardashian

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The ever cheery Mario Lopez will be coming back as host of Fox’s ‘The X Factor’ while his co-host Khloe Kardashian will not. This upcoming season will be the 3rd season of the show and Lopez’ second season as host.

Show creator and executive producer Simon Cowell readily welcomed Lopez back, 39, who seemed to really hit if off with the audience,  ““I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor. Hosting a live show and keeping the judges — especially Demi — in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”  Nothing mentioned by Cowell about Kardashian who was ripped by critics as stiff, unprepared and an audience dud. The official statement from Fox wished her well.  Is it not known if Lopez will have a co-host like he did last year.

There is a lot of good news surrounding Lopez recently,  He wed his long-time girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, last December and announced in February of this year the couple is expecting their second child. 

Thus far the show has only signed on Lovato as judge and have not announced who will replace departing judges Britney Spears and LA Reid.

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Paraguay’s New President Horacio Cartes Also One of Country’s Richest Men

Paraguay’s New President Horacio Cartes Also One of Country’s Richest Men

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Opposition candidate Horacio Cartes won Paraguay’s presidential election.

“This is a victory for the Republic of Paraguay because all Paraguayans have won, the party won, but the Republic of Paraguay is the winner,” Cartes, of the Colorado Party, told supporters Sunday night.

Cartes’s main rival, Efrain Alegre, conceded earlier in the evening.

Cartes won 45.91 percent of the vote, while Alegre garnered 36.84 percent, with 81.06 percent of the ballots counted, the national elections commission said.

“We should feel very proud as Paraguayans of what we have been able to show Paraguay and the world,” Cartes said in his victory speech.

Cartes was joined at the victory celebration by running mate Juan Afara, family and friends.

Eleven candidates ran for the presidency, but the polls showed Cartes and Alegre as the favorites in the election, the sixth held since the advent of democracy in the small South American country.

Cartes will be inaugurated on Aug. 15, succeeding President Federico Franco.

Franco, elected vice president in 2008, is serving out the term of Fernando Lugo, who was impeached and deposed on June 22 in a move that neighboring countries labeled a coup.

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Ralph Lauren to Pay Nearly $2 Million Fine for Argentina Bribery Case

Ralph Lauren to Pay Nearly $2 Million Fine for Argentina Bribery Case

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Ralph Lauren Corp. has agreed to pay the U.S. government more than $1.6 million in fines to settle bribery allegations in Argentina.

The settlement originated from charges that the fashion and home retailing giant bribed Argentine officials to avoid custom and inspection requirements in that country. 

The New York States Attorney alleged the retailer through their RLC Argentina subsidiary attempted to secure improper customs clearance of their merchandise over a five-year period.  In some cases they sought to avoid the inspection process completely and/or try to bring prohibited merchandise into Argentina.  The U.S. alleged the company used fake invoices to hide the bribe payments of nearly $600,000.

The fine breaks down to $882,000 in penalties and $730,000 return of “illicit profits” in Argentina from 2004-2009.  The company avoided harsher fines or prosecution due to the full cooperation they offered and for bringing the matter to the government’s attention when they discovered it, according to the Department of Justice. 

The company headed by its founder, Ralph Lauren, agreed to pay the fine and agreed to be routinely monitored to assure it is in compliance with customs and trade laws.  The publicly traded company’s 2012 revenues totaled $6.9 Billion.

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Mexico News: 2,978 Telescopes Aimed at Moon Sets Guinness World Record

Mexico News: 2,978 Telescopes Aimed at Moon Sets Guinness World Record

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Mexican astronomy enthusiasts set a Guinness record over the weekend by simultaneously pointing 2,978 telescopes at the Moon from different parts of the country, organizers said.

The greatest number of telescopes - 316 - were set up in the vestibule of the cathedral in the central Mexican state of Puebla, and all focused on the Moon at the same time, the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, or INAOE, researcher Raul Mujica said.

Joining in the feat was the Large Millimeter Telescope, the biggest radio telescope in the world in its range of frequencies, located on the Sierra Negra Volcano between the states of Puebla and Veracruz.

For several minutes it directed its antenna, measuring 50 meters (164 feet) in diameter, toward the Earth’s natural satellite.

The enterprise was carried out as part of the celebrations for the International Year of Water Cooperation declared by the United Nations General Assembly for the year 2013.

On this occasion, Mexico went itself one better, breaking the record it previously set in 2011 when space enthusiasts and astronomers set up 2,753 telescopes in all the states of the country to observe the Moon simultaneously.

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A “Keeping Families Together” Story- But I Never Lost Hope.. ( VIDEO)

A “Keeping Families Together” Story- But I Never Lost Hope.. ( VIDEO)

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I am from Ecuador and I came to this country 15 years ago. When I was a kid I was a victim of domestic violence at home and then when I was 16 I had encountered another domestic violence experience.  I came to this country was to escape that life.

The person who helped me come to the United States took away my passport once we arrived to this country, made me work for $80 a month, didn’t feed me and threaten me with calling ICE on me. Her husband and nephews also kept touching me inappropriately.

But I never lost hope that this nightmare was going to end someday.

When I made it to Boston, I started to take classes and found REACH, a nonprofit that works with victims of domestic violence. They thought me to lose my fear and to talk about my experience and story.

My message for all is that we don’t have to live in fear. As an immigrant I have to fight for me, my children and my community. We need to work together in this campaign.

If we don’t come out of the shadows, we will never be heard.

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Madrid Dalí Exhibition Shows Artist’s Range

Madrid Dalí Exhibition Shows Artist’s Range

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The museums with the three largest collections of the work of Spanish artist Salvador Dali are working together to put on an exhibition in Madrid that shows the range of the Spanish artist.

The exhibition, “Dali. Todas las sugestiones poeticas y todas las posibilidades plasticas” (Dali. All the Poetic Suggestions and All the Plastic Possibilities), will run from April 27 to Sept. 2 at the Museo Reina Sofia in the Spanish capital.

The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Museo Reina Sofia put together the exhibition of around 200 works designed to give visitors a look at Salvador Dali (1904-1989) the thinker, writer and creator of a new way of seeing the world.

General curator Jean-Hubert Martin and curators Montse Aguer, Jean-Michel Bouhours and Thierry Dufrene designed different sections that feature paintings, drawings, documentary materials, photographs, Dali’s manuscripts, magazines and films that try to explain the artist’s complex universe.

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Germany’s Vettel Wins Bahrain Grand Prix, Spain’s Alonso Finishes 8th

Germany’s Vettel Wins Bahrain Grand Prix, Spain’s Alonso Finishes 8th

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Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, who drives for Red Bull and is the three-time defending Formula One champion and this season’s leader, took the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

Spain’s Fernando Alonso, who drives for Ferrari, finished in 8th place after experiencing mechanical problems.

The 25-year-old Vettel, the defending champion in Bahrein, completed 57 laps on the 5.412-kilometer (3.363-mile) circuit in Sakhir in 1:36:26:245.

Vettel finished ahead of Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen and France’s Romain Grosjean, with the two Lotus drivers coming in second and third places, respectively.

The Bahrain Grand Prix, the fourth Formula One race of the season, was again marked by protests on Sunday.

Opposition members burned tires and clashed with police in Manama to protest against the emirate’s rulers and the staging of the race.

Tens of thousands of people mounted anti-government protests on Friday, the first day of practice laps for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bahrainis took to the streets in February 2011 amid the Arab Spring to demand political and economic reforms in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, where a Sunni Muslim royal family rules over a population that is largely Shia.

The 2011 edition of the Grand Prix was cancelled after the government forcibly ejected protesters from Manama’s Pearl Roundabout, igniting disturbances that left more than 50 people dead.

The 2012 Grand Prix was held under tight security.

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Nadal Falls Short of 9th Consecutive Monte Carlo Title

Nadal Falls Short of 9th Consecutive Monte Carlo Title

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia rolled over Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.

Djokovic took a big step toward winning the French Open, the only major he has not won, by defeating Nadal, whose best surface is clay and was trying to win his ninth consecutive title in Monte Carlo.

“Thanks, Rafa for allowing me to win this tournament at least once,” Djokovic said during the awards ceremony.

The last player to beat Nadal in the pricipality was Argentina’s Guillermo Coria in the third round in 2003.

Nadal had won 46 straight matches in Monte Carlo but fell to the Serb in one hour and 52 minutes.

Djokovic, who appeared to be struggling with an ankle injury earlier in the tournament, dominated Nadal from the start of the match and came close to blanking him in the first set.

The Serbian lost to Nadal in the final at Monte Carlo in 2009 and 2012.

The world No. 1 picked up the 37th title of his career and third of the season, following his wins at the Australian Open and Dubai.

Cincinnati is now the only Masters 1000 title that Djokovic has not won.

The Monte Carlo Masters is one of the biggest clay-court tournaments on the men’s tennis calendar and a key tune-up event for the French Open, which gets underway on May 26.

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