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SundayMay 5, 2013

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Peasants Discover 6 Bodies Mass Grave in Mexico

Peasants found a mass grave containing six mutilated bodies outside Tingambato, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, state officials said.

The remains of the victims, three of whom had their hands cut off and one who had an arm hacked off, were discovered on Saturday, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

The clandestine grave was found in El Chupadero, an area outside the community of Paranguitiro, the AG’s office said.

Crime scene investigators gathered evidence at the site and removed the bodies from the shallow grave.

The bodies are those of three men and three women, the AG’s office said, adding that one of the female victims had her arm hacked off.

The unidentified victims were killed about a month ago, investigators said.

Tingambato is located about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Morelia, the state capital.

The city is in the Meseta Purepecha, a region mainly inhabited by Purepecha Indians, the largest indigenous group in Michoacan.

Investigators are looking at the possibility that the killings were carried out by gunmen working for Los Caballeros Templarios, a drug gang that operates in the state.

The Caballeros Templarios gang was founded in March 2011 by former members of the La Familia Michoacana cartel and deals in both synthetic drugs and natural drugs.

The cartel has been fighting rival gangs for control of turf and smuggling routes in Guerrero and Michoacan states, both of which are on the Pacific.

Michoacan’s forests and mountains are used by drug traffickers to grow marijuana and produce synthetic drugs.

Los Caballeros Templarios is suspected of carrying out murders, staging kidnappings and running extortion rackets that target business owners and transport companies in Michoacan’s 113 municipalities, officials said.

French food giant Danone and Mexican pharmaceutical company Grupo Saba have decided to close their plants in Michoacan due to the high level of crime and move their operations to the less violent states of Queretaro and Jalisco, officials said.

Snack food company Sabritas, a unit of U.S. soft drinks and snack foods giant PepsiCo, was the target of several attacks in Michoacan last year.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 per day, in Mexico, officials say.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels.

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Peruvian Socialist Party Founder Dies, Age 65

Peruvian Socialist Party Founder Dies, Age 65

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Peruvian leftist politician Javier Diez Canseco, a lawmaker and founder of the Peruvian Socialist Party, or PSP, has died of cancer, from which he had been suffering for several months, Congresswoman Rosa Mavila said. He was 65.

Diez Canseco, who entered Congress in 1978, died on Saturday night.

The veteran politician founded the PSP in 2005, when he was planning to run for the country’s presidency in the 2006 elections, although he did not even receive 1 percent of the vote in that balloting.

As a congressman, he made a name for himself for his investigation of alleged corruption cases. He presided, between 1990 and 2001, over the Economic and Financial Crimes Committee in the national legislature.

Diez Canseco was suspended from his congressional duties for 90 days last November because of an alleged violation of the Parliamentary Ethics Code, specifically for having presented a bill that could have benefited his wife and daughter.

Because of that punishment, his relatives said on Sunday that his casket would not be taken to Congress and said that his wake would be held at the Casona de San Marco, while a memorial service has been scheduled to be held on Bolivar Plaza next Tuesday.

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Sons of Journalists Murdered in Northern Mexico

Sons of Journalists Murdered in Northern Mexico

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The sons of two journalists were murdered by gunmen early Sunday in Chihuahua city, the capital of the like-named northern Mexican state, officials said.

Alfredo David, 20, and Diego Alejandro Paramo Gonzalez, 21, were killed in the city’s Arboledas district, Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez told Efe.

The two young men were driving through the neighborhood when they were attacked, Gonzalez said.

Alfredo David and Diego Alejandro are the sons of Martha Nicholson, the publisher of the daily El Peso, and David Paramo, a business reporter for a Mexico City newspaper, the AG’s office spokesman said.

The killings are not linked to the professional activities of the victims’ parents, Gonzalez said.

Several media outlets in northern Mexico have been attacked in the past few weeks and two people, including journalist Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez, have been killed.

Gonzalez, editor of an online news site, was killed by gunmen in Ojinaga, a border city in Chihuahua, on March 3.

The two young men were killed two days after Mexico marked World Press Freedom Day and media rights groups reported a rise in threats and attacks on journalists.

A total of 84 journalists have been murdered since 2000 in Mexico, the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said.

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Spanish Business Leaders to Guide Small Firms Expanding Abroad

Spanish Business Leaders to Guide Small Firms Expanding Abroad

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Spain’s CEOE business confederation has created a corporation - CEOE Internacional - whose aim is to place at the disposal of small and medium businesses the means to do business abroad, something the organization considers necessary to help overcome the country’s economic crisis, officials said.

The economic future of Spain is in the hands of the country’s businessmen and the opportunities to create wealth come from taking advantage of business opportunities abroad, CEOE Internacional chief Jesus Banegas said in an interview with Efe.

“Either we grow abroad or the future is going to be very sad for many years,” Banegas said, adding that internationalization is the only way out for Spain’s business environment, where investment and consumption are paralyzed.

CEOE Internacional is an idea developed by Banegas, who said that there are 149 business associations throughout the world similar to the CEOE with which the Spanish entity has or can have “trustworthy dealings” and can provide personalized assistance to Spanish companies.

CEOE Internacional is already carrying out projects in about 20 countries, including the United States, in sectors as diverse as airport operations, biomass, nutrition, metallurgy and municipal management.

The operating model will be the same as that of the Spanish business association in that the companies will come “from their sector or territorial associations” and then will register as members of CEOE Internacional, Banegas said.

Spain has the Foreign Trade Institute, or ICEX, which supports the domestic companies abroad, but the new organization created by CEOE does not intend to interfere with its operations.

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Rafael Nadal Gears up For Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal Gears up For Madrid Open

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Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal said he did not feel “right now” like he could be the winner of the Mutua Madrid Open, the Masters 1000 event in the Spanish capital.

Nadal, who has won the title in Madrid twice, said he was taking his return to competition one step at a time after being off the tour for seven months due to a knee injury.

The 26-year-old Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam champion, has taken the titles this year in Sao Paulo, Acapulco and Indian Wells, and he made the finals in Viña del Mar and Monte Carlo in his first five tournaments since returning to action.

“I don’t see myself as the winner. Before starting a tournament, I never feel like the winner of anything. I fell like I need to give myself an opportunity to fight in all the rounds until the final,” the Spanish star, who has won 54 career titles, said.

“There is a long way to go. The favorites are the ones who always are in position to win. This is a sport and anything can happen,” Nadal said in a press conference Sunday.

Nadal could meet countrymen Nicolas Almagro, who he defeated in the final of the Barcelona Open last month, and David Ferrer if he goes deep into the tournament.

The tennis season’s nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events rank only below the four Grand Slam tournaments and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in terms of ranking points and prestige.

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Mexico Commemorates Cinco de Mayo, President Calls for Unity

Mexico Commemorates Cinco de Mayo, President Calls for Unity

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President Enrique Peña Nieto called on Mexicans Sunday to work with “unity and commitment” to deal with the economic and social challenges facing the country.

Mexicans must come together to overcome inequality and help the country achieve its true potential, the president said during the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Mexico City.

“Unity and commitment are the principles that encourage the principal political forces and the government of the republic to move forward with the transformational reforms that the country wants and needs,” Peña Nieto said in his address marking the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Puebla.

Mexican soldiers defeated invading French troops in the 1862 battle.

The government’s goal is to “create a prosperous Mexico” that can “position itself as an emerging economic power and create the quality jobs that Mexicans want,” the president said.

“The French thought their army was invincible. The world believed that. Mexicans, however, showed in that historic battle what we can achieve as a country when we are willing to put the greater good of the nation before any other interest,” Peña Nieto said.

More than 12,800 people took part in the traditional parade marking Cinco de Mayo.

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In-Edit Music Documentary Festival Takes Place in Brazil

In-Edit Music Documentary Festival Takes Place in Brazil

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The Brazilian edition of the International Music Documentary Festival, or In-Edit, got underway in Sao Paulo with the screening at six theaters of 58 films from 20 countries.

The festival offers “everything related to music, like bands, biographies of artists, recitals, music for therapy and different rhythms, from classic to jazz and rock,” In-Edit Brasil director Marcelo Andrade told the official Agencia Brasil news agency.

The festival features 2013 Oscar winner “Searching for Sugar Man,” a British-Swedish film that tells the story of Mexican-American singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who disappeared in the United States in the 1970s after putting out two albums.

“El Medico: The Cubaton Story,” a documentary about a Cuban doctor who has to choose between pursuing his career or becoming a musician, is among the other works featured at the festival.

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Mayweather Takes Down Guerrero for WBC Welterweight Title

Mayweather Takes Down Guerrero for WBC Welterweight Title

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U.S. boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated by a unanimous decision his countryman Robert Guerrero, staying undefeated and retaining the welterweight title of the World Boxing Council, or WBC.

The bout - an agreed-to maximum of 12 rounds - Saturday night was all Mayweather, who had not boxed in more than a year and who didn’t seem to feel his absence from the ring at all. He put on a real boxing lesson, despite the fact that he injured his right hand early on, the same hand he used to give Guerrero quite a punishing.

Later in the fight, he began to move, to circulate around the ring expertly, dodging and anticipating his opponent’s punches, even though Guerrero, too, was always moving with the intention of exhausting the undefeated champion, although he found that to be “mission impossible.”

When the 12 rounds were concluded, the three judges had no doubt that Mayweather was the victor, giving him the win with a score of 117-111.

The 36-year-old Mayweather thus took home a $32 million purse, which tied the highest ever awarded in the history of boxing matches fought in Nevada.

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Audi Breaks Ground on Plant Bringing 3,800 Jobs to Mexico

Audi executives and Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo laid the cornerstone for the German automaker’s new plant in Mexico, the Economy Secretariat said in a statement.

The ceremony took place Saturday in San Jose de Chiapas, a city in Puebla state, the secretariat said.

The $1.3 billion Audi plant will have the capacity to produce 150,000 vehicles annually and create 3,800 direct and indirect jobs, the secretariat said.

The decision by Audi, the luxury division of Volkswagen, to build the plant reflects “the confidence of foreign investors in Mexico,” Guajardo said.

The plant will begin producing the next generation of the Audi Q5 SUV in 2016.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo from HS News

Happy Cinco de Mayo from HS News

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Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained French soldiers. The battle lasted four hours and ended in a victory for the Mexican army under Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza. Along with Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.

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Legendary Cuban Composer Cesar Portillo Dies, Age 90

Legendary Cuban Composer Cesar Portillo Dies, Age 90

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Legendary Cuban musician Cesar Portillo, one of the island’s best known composers, died in Havana, state media reported. He was 90.

Portillo, who composed the hits “Contigo en la distancia” and “Tu mi delirio,” died on Saturday, the AIN news agency reported.

He was one of Cuba’s most prolific composers and one of the great promoters of the bolero.

Portillo founded the “filin” musical movement, inspired by the Hispanization of the English word “feeling,” along with Jose Antonio Mendez and other Cuban musicians.

The movement revived the bolero in the 1950s, incorporating jazz harmonies and melodies.

Portillo’s “well known work as an author enriched the heritage of Cuban and universal song with pieces like ‘Contigo en la distancia’ and ‘Tu mi delirio,’ both with more than 100 versions,” AIN said.

Portillo’s songs were performed by stars like Nat King Cole, Pedro Infante, Jose Jose, Lucho Gatica, Luis Miguel, Placido Domingo, Caetano Veloso and Cristina Aguilera.

The musician will be cremated and a memorial service will be held in Havana on Monday.

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Obama Says Private Sector is Key to Central American Development

Obama Says Private Sector is Key to Central American Development

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U.S. President Barack Obama noted Saturday the private sector’s enormous potential for Central American development, and urged a combination in the region of good government and a free market.

The United States wants to find ways to improve trade relations with Central America, Obama said at the beginning of a business forum organized by the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE), in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Obama also said that it is important to improve small-business development to make the whole region more competitive.

Cooperation on security issues between the U.S. and Central America is fundamental, he said, but added that equally important are topics like trade and immigration.

Also present at the forum, which began Friday and was to end Saturday with the participation of Obama, was the rector of INCAE, Arturo Condo, and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.

Taking part in the two days of debate at the forum were representatives of the private sector, civil society and the governments of the United States and the Central American nations, according to the White House.

The discussions focused on examining the possibilities of improving trade, energy integration and the participation of Central America’s young people and women in economic development.

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Colombia Investigates Alleged Massacre of 7 Indians

Colombia Investigates Alleged Massacre of 7 Indians

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Colombian authorities are continuing an investigation to verify an alleged massacre in the northwestern town of Taraza, in which five children and two adults are said to have died, all members of an indigenous community.

The secretary of the Antioquia provincial government, Santiago Londoño, told Efe Friday by telephone that the only thing they have up to now is “the story of a person who came the city center of Taraza and reported it.”

He said the person, a young man about whom he gave no further details, during the day had flown with army soldiers over the area where the purported massacre occurred, but from the air “he couldn’t figure out where the place was that the murders supposedly occurred.”

Things being the way they are, Londoño said, “we don’t have sufficient information” to be sure if a massacre occurred or not, though he added that “it will be investigated” in any case.

He also said the area is “complicated” since the 18th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the Andean nation’s largest rebel insurgency, has long operated there.

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200,000 Trees Reported Felled in Valuable Puerto Rico Forest

200,000 Trees Reported Felled in Valuable Puerto Rico Forest

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An environmental organization reported the cutting of close to 200,000 trees on Monte Barinas, an area on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico whose subtropical dry forest is of great ecological value for its now-endangered native vegetation and fauna.

The spokesman for the Ventana Verraco Pro Dry Forest Coalition, Luis Silvestre, told Efe Saturday that the clear-cutting of trees, which was done to make way for a solar energy project, affected an area of some 150,000 sq. meters (37 acres) inhabited by such native species as the crested toad and the Puerto Rican nightjar, a bird in danger of extinction.

Silvestre, an engineer by profession, said the area that was cleared had an ecological richness exactly equal to that of the Guanica State Forest, located in southwestern Puerto Rico and designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1981.

The clear-cutting, he said, has caused deforestation and the destruction of archeological deposits, caves and wetlands, along with woodland fragmentation and land erosion in the Karso del Sur area.

According to Silvestre, the logging was done to provide space for a solar energy project that had been promoted by former Gov. Luis Fortuño’s administration but has since been abandoned.

Though the cleared land is private property, a decision of this magnitude affecting an area of high ecological value should not be taken, in his opinion, without a previous environmental impact study - something that was not done, he said, thanks to the permissiveness of the previous administration of Gov. Luis Fortuño.

The president of the Puerto Rican Ornithological Society, Alcides Morales, told Efe that the damage done to the area’s habitat is irreparable, since the recovery of such an area of subtropical dry forest would take hundreds of years.

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Mexican Comedy Shines Light on Raising Spoiled Children

Mexican Comedy Shines Light on Raising Spoiled Children

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They’ve had everything in life and never had to lift a finger - until one day their dad decides to teach them a lesson and puts them to work. So goes the storyline of “Nosotros los Nobles,” a comedy causing a ruckus in Mexico by raising awareness about the risks of spoiling kids.

“The movie has really shaken some parents. I get messages that they haven’t been able to sleep after seeing it because it makes them wonder what kind of an upbringing they’ve been giving their children,” director Gaz Alazraki told Efe in an interview.

The film has become the biggest box-office hit in the history of Mexican movies with $18.3 million (13.9 million euros) in tickets sold in one month, while becoming one of today’s favorite topics of conversation.

Some moviegoers laugh because “they identify, they feel they know those characters,” while for others “there is deep pleasure in seeing rich kids having to do things that other people have to do every day.”

“Nosotros los Nobles” tells the story of three siblings in a high-society Mexican family, whose father has given them everything in life, until the day he realizes he must do something so they can begin to look after themselves. So he invents a bankruptcy.

The situation of children depending too much on their parents is common enough in Mexican society, which, as the doctor in human development, Silvia Sanchez Ochoa, told Efe, has “great economic disparities, more now than ever.”

According to Sanchez Ochoa, in recent years the philosophy has become very common among parents that the least possible limits must be imposed on children so they get whatever they ask for.

“Kids ask for something, they throw a tantrum and it’s given to them. They play with some toy for a day and then it’s never used again, as if things have no value,” so they never know “the work it takes to buy something.”

As shown in “Nosotros los Nobles,” this kind of upbringing is excused by the fact that parents “are very occupied,” “they feel guilty because they’re not spending enough time with their children,” so they have to compensate for their lack of affection by giving kids all they ask for.

Alazraki is happy not only because of the success of his first feature film, but also for contributing in some way to raising awareness and changing some small elements of everyday life.

About the comments and criticism, he said that what he likes most is that young people are saying “they love the movie,” even though “their credit cards are going to be taken away.”

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Maduro Recalls Venezuelan Ambassador from Peru

Maduro Recalls Venezuelan Ambassador from Peru

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he has recalled his ambassador to Peru for consultations over remarks by that country’s foreign minister, saying the comments amounted to “meddling” with Venezuela’s affairs.

“I hope this isn’t the position of (Peruvian President) Ollanta Humala’s government, but I must make it clear to Peru’s foreign minister not to meddle in Venezuela’s internal affairs,” Maduro said Friday in reference to statements by Rafael Roncagliolo.

Earlier that day, Peru’s top diplomat urged Venezuela’s government and opposition to engage in a political dialogue in the wake of a tightly contested presidential election.

Roncagliolo also said Friday that Peru’s government has called on the Union of South American Nations, or Unasur, to issue a statement urging Maduro’s government to exercise tolerance and promote talks with his opponents.

The campaign of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles on Thursday asked the country’s Supreme Court to overturn the April 14 vote that resulted in a narrow victory for Maduro, the ruling-party’s standard-bearer.

The motion applies to the entire process surrounding the special election called after the March 5 death of President Hugo Chavez after a long battle with cancer, attorney Gerardo Fernandez told reporters.

Maduro defeated Capriles by a margin of 272,000 votes, or 1.8 percent of the total, according to official results from the CNE electoral council.

Capriles, however, said he would not accept the outcome without a full recount.

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