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MondayMay 6, 2013

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Colombian Army Kills 7 FARC Rebels

Colombian Army Kills 7 FARC Rebels

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Army troops killed seven FARC guerrillas and captured an eighth in fighting in southwestern Colombia over the weekend, a high-level military commander said.

The dead guerrillas belonged to the 29th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Southwestern Joint Command chief Gen. Leonardo Barrero Gordillo told Efe.

The fighting occurred Saturday in Leyva, a village on the border between Cauca and Nariño provinces, Barrero said in a telephone interview.

The FARC’s 29th Front “plays a big role in the drug trafficking operations” that the guerrilla group carries out in southwest Colombia, the general said.

The front’s fighters are responsible for guarding cocaine shipments in the region, Barrero said.

Most of the cocaine that moves through the region is smuggled into other countries via routes in the Pacific.

The government and the FARC are currently engaged in talks in Havana aimed at ending Colombia’s decades-long internal conflict.

The eighth round of talks ended Friday with the two sides failing to make progress on the issue of land, government negotiating spokesman Humberto de la Calle said.

The two sides will sit down at the negotiating table in Havana for the next round of talks on May 15, the government and FARC said in a joint statement.

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UPDATE: Utah Soccer Ref Attacked by Player Dies

UPDATE: Utah Soccer Ref Attacked by Player Dies

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One week after being punched in the head by an angry soccer player, Utah referee Ricardo Portillo died in the hospital with his family by his side.

On Saturday, April 27, Ricardo Portillo, 46, was refereeing a match in Taylorsville, a Salt Lake City suburb, when he issued a 17-year-old player a yellow card after a foul. As he wrote down notes after the call, witnesses say Portillo was punched in the head by the angry player.

Though he appeared to be okay at first, Portillo told those around him he felt dizzy and needed help balancing. His friends say he sat down and began vomiting up blood.

Shortly after being admitted to Intermountain Medical Center on Saturday, Portillo slipped into a coma due to the swelling of his brain. One week later he died, having never regained consciousness.

The teen was located by police and was being held at a juvenile detention facility on suspicion on aggravated assault. However, now that Portillo has died, the charges against the 17-year-old are likely to change.

After Portillo died, a candlelit vigil was held outside the family’s home.

On Sunday, members of his family spoke with the media. His daughter Johana said players need to remember they are playing a game, and violence in not necessary.

“He was a father, he was a friend, he was a grandfather, he left a whole family behind,” Johana expressed. “They should think before they do something stupid.”

“I feel sorry for him. I feel for his family,” she said when asked about punishment for the teen. “But if he was old enough to do what he did, then he’s responsible to pay for it.”

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Four Colombian Cities Receive IDB Plans for Urban Growth

Four Colombian Cities Receive IDB Plans for Urban Growth

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the completion of action plans for the Colombian cities of Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Manizales, and Pereira, providing them with powerful tools to prioritize their investments over the next decade.

The action plans provide preliminary estimates that the four Colombian cities require $2.2 billion in investments in areas such as urban development of socially vulnerable areas, expansion of public transport systems and provision of exclusive lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, renovation of historic centers, public safety, and strengthened fiscal management.

This marks the first time the IDB has simultaneously released four action plans in one country, an achievement that was carried out through a partnership between the IDB’s Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) and Financiera del Desarrollo (Findeter), the Colombian state agency that supports development projects in the country.

Under the ESCI program, the IDB is working in partnership with banks and local investment entities as well as public and private international donors to achieve its goal of generating 50 action plans for high- growth intermediate-sized cities in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2015.  Each action plan costs about $1 million.

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Jennifer Lopez Whisked Away From Video Set After Gun Shots Heard

Jennifer Lopez Whisked Away From Video Set After Gun Shots Heard

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Over the weekend, Jennifer Lopez took a break from shooting a music video to give Entertainment Tonight an interview. In the middle of it, however, gun shots reportedly rang out and the singer-actress was rushed away.

Sunday night, while speaking with ET on a beach in Fort Lauderdale, a noise witnesses say sounded like gun shots sent JLo security team into action.

The interview was ended immediately and Lopez was put in a car with beau Casper Smart and quickly driven away.

A rep for Lopez says the singer is fine, and police say they received no other reports of gun shots in the area. No one was injured and there were no witnesses to any gun activity near the interview/video shoot.

ET‘s Rob Marciano tweeted about the incident:

Marciano also continued to live tweet what was going on.

Prior to the interview, Lopez was filming a video for a song she recorded with rapper Pitbull called “Live It Up.”

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LISTEN: Miguel and Mariah Carey’s New Single “#Beautiful”

LISTEN: Miguel and Mariah Carey’s New Single “#Beautiful”

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Last week a teaser for Mariah Carey and Miguel’s new song “#Beautiful” was released. Now the single has been released and you can hear it below.

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Real Madrid President Pleads for Unity Amongst Coaches, Players

Real Madrid President Pleads for Unity Amongst Coaches, Players

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The president of Real Madrid soccer club appealed for unity Monday amid public squabbling between players and the coaching staff.

Florentino Perez took the opportunity of a previously scheduled event at the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium to send a message to manager Jose Mourinho, his assistants and the players.

“Real Madrid is driven by the strength, energy, feelings and passion of millions of fans. We are always obligated to them, because they push us forward every day and they are always on our side,” the club president said.

The soccer squad has had a disappointing season, consigned to second place in La Liga and eliminated last week from the Champions League, though the side can still has a chance for a trophy in the May 17 Copa del Rey final against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid’s basketball team, meanwhile, has qualified for Europe’s Final Four.

“We soon will confront two new and great challenges: the basketball Final Four in London and the Copa del Rey soccer final,” Perez said Monday.

“We must be united, give the best we have, precisely for our people and our followers. And our players will do that,” the club boss said.

The Spanish press blasted Mourinho for appearing to blame the players after last week’s Champions League semifinal loss to Borussia Dortmund.

There is also friction between the Portuguese manager - almost sure to leave after this season - and former starting goaltender Iker Casillas, who remains on the bench even though he has recovered from the injury he suffered months ago.

Casillas, the veteran keeper and captain of Spain’s World Cup-winning national team, is a popular figure in the Iberian nation.

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Spanish Ad Agency, Anti-Abuse Foundation Create Ad Specifically to Help Children

Spanish Ad Agency, Anti-Abuse Foundation Create Ad Specifically to Help Children

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How do you get a message of help and hope to abused children without adults seeing it? The ANAR Foundation worked with Grey Spain to find a way.

Last month, a new kind of ad was introduced to help the youngest victims of abuse. Using national averages for adult and child height, an ad campaign was created using a lenticular to combine two images, one adults see and another only children can see. While adults see a child abuse awareness poster with a sad child’s face, children see a battered child and a message that reads, “if somebody hurts you, phone us and we will help you,” along with a phone number.

The ANAR Foundation asked for a solution such as this after realizing abusers would see an ad meant for children and immediately dissuade them from calling the number and getting help.

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Top 5 Fastest Growing Cities Among Hispanics

Top 5 Fastest Growing Cities Among Hispanics

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While Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami and Chicago have the largest shares of the Latino population, a recent study shows that Hispanics are moving to newer regions of the United States.

Following the growths of the Latino populations from 2000-2013, Nielsen saw extremely high population growth in North Carolina.  A state not known for its Hispanic population 10 years ago.

Nielsen also saw more Latinos moving to the suburbs, something that will change how brands strategically market to the future generations.

Check out the fastest growing designated market areas among Hispanics with a population greater than 200,000.

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Charlotte, North Carolina saw 168% growth

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Raleigh Area, North Carolina saw 138.9% growth

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Atlanta, Georgia saw 126.9% growth

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Orlando Area, Florida saw 125.1% growth

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Ft. Myers-Naples, Florida saw 123% growth

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Mexican Actor Jorge Salinas Rushed to Hospital

Mexican Actor Jorge Salinas Rushed to Hospital

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Famed telenovela actor Jorge Salinas was rushed to the hospital over the weekend after mistaking make-up dissolver for eye drops.

On Sunday, Salinas, 44, had flown in to New York from Mexico City to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with his Que Bonito Amor castmates.

According to reports, just ahead of an interview with People en Español, Salinas put what he thought were eye drops in his left eye. He immediately experienced pain and irritation.

Despite the mishap, Salinas wished to continue the day’s celebrations and reportedly did so wearing sunglasses to cover his injured eyes.

Salinas has held leading roles in various telenovelas and last year won Best Lead Actor for his role on La Que No Podía Amar at the Premios TVyNovelas Awards.

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Record Grain Harvest Highlights Brazil’s Infrastructure Issues

Record Grain Harvest Highlights Brazil’s Infrastructure Issues

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Brazil is expected to have another record grain harvest in 2013, according to forecasts, but the South American country’s agricultural success is being tempered by the problems caused by limited infrastructure for handling its bumper crops.

Highways and ports are being overwhelmed by the record grain harvest due to the deficiencies in export infrastructure, generating losses for different parties involved in the business.

Brazil had a grain harvest of 161.9 million tons in 2012 and is expected to shatter that record this year, with analysts projecting a harvest of 181.3 million tons, up 12 percent from last year, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, or IBGE, said.

The record agricultural output has led to clogged roads around Santos, a port city in Sao Paulo state, with trucks lining up for hours to reach the terminals, Efe confirmed.

The delays have cost shipping agents $57.5 million since January, the Sao Paulo State Association of Maritime Agents, or Sindamar, said.

The other big losers are average citizens, who must contend with gridlock and roads clogged with trucks.

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VENEZUELA: Plane Crash Kills Two in Valencia

VENEZUELA: Plane Crash Kills Two in Valencia

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A small plane crashed Sunday in a residential part of Valencia, a city in west-central Venezuela, killing the two occupants, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said.

The pilot, Luis Maldonado, and co-pilot Rodofo Dilona died in the crash, and authorities are searching the house into which the plane crashed, along with an adjacent building, looking for possible other victims, Rodriguez told VTV.

Six vehicles were damaged or destroyed when the small plane plunged to earth for unknown reasons about 10:30 a.m. some 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from Valencia’s Arturo Michelena International Airport, Rodriguez said.

The plane was a Learjet60 and covered the Caracas-Valencia route, the Carabobo state emergency management office said in a Twitter posting.

The crash and other information surrounding the incident were later confirmed by the minister.

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Messi Leads Barcelona to Win Over Real Betis

Messi Leads Barcelona to Win Over Real Betis

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Barcelona came from behind to beat an impressive Real Betis squad 4-2 on Sunday, with Leo Messi scoring two goals within 16 minutes in the second period.

Barcelona thus reestablished an 11-point advantage over second-placed Real Madrid with four games remaining in the tourney and might just win the Spanish soccer championship next Wednesday without even playing, depending on the result of the Real Madrid-Malaga match.

The match was a replay of what has plagued Barca all season: defensive errors, a lack of forcefulness in the backfield and a dependence on its star. That latter point was made evident when the 25-year-old Messi came off the bench in the 56th minute and rapidly sank two goals to put the then-tied game out of reach for Real Betis.

It was Dorlan Pabon who scored for Betis on an excellent effort in just the 2nd minute, but Alexis Sanchez evened things up shortly afterward on an assist by Andres Iniesta. Nevertheless, Ruben Perez made a brilliant effort in the 43rd minute on a pass from Nosa Igiebor and regained the advantage for Betis just before the break, although Barca had missed multiple chances, due primarily to David Villa’s inability to find the twine.

Once the second half got under way, however, Villa finally managed to score for Barca reestablishing the tie, but then he was pulled and Messi was inserted, booting in his magnificent first goal on a free kick, his 45th tally in this year’s Liga competition, just five minutes later.

And in the 72nd minute, it was Messi again - on a beautiful combination from Iniesta and Alexis - who buried the ball for the 4-2 result.

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With Win Against America, Tigres Lead Clausura 2013

With Win Against America, Tigres Lead Clausura 2013

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Tigres beat America on the latter’s home turf 2-0 to regain the lead in Mexico’s Clausura 2013 soccer tourney, which this weekend finished up its regular season and goes into the playoff phase where the top eight teams will vie for the title.

Brazilian Danilinho scored in the 47th minute and Argentina’s Lucas Lobos found the net in the 58th minute in Saturday’s victory, giving Tigres the win, a total of 35 points and undisputed leadership in the tourney.

Tigres racked up a total of 10 wins, five ties and just two defeats during the classification phase of the tournament, and the only team that might have equalled its point total was Atlas, although it lost 0-1 to Leon on Sunday night, thus finishing in third place.

America finished the classification phase in the No. 2 slot with 32 points and a favorable goal differential of 15, and Atlas also had 32 points but a goal differential of 8 points.

Tigres, America and Atlas have already qualified for the playoff phase along with Santos, Morelia, Cruz Azul, Pumas UNAM and Monterrey, although the team’s final rankings - and thus their positioning in the playoffs - remains to be determined.

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MEXICO: 11 Killed in 3 Shootouts in Tamaulipas

MEXICO: 11 Killed in 3 Shootouts in Tamaulipas

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At least 11 people, including a soldier, died in three shootouts between army troops and armed civilians in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, the state government said Sunday.

The shootouts occurred on Saturday, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

“The first of the shootouts occurred at 2:30 p.m. in La Presa, an agricultural community south of the town of Valadeces, city of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, where two armed civilians died,” the AG’s office said.

Another shootout happened in Matamoros at 6:15 p.m. near kilometer 21 of the highway that links that border city with Reynosa, leaving “six armed civilians dead,” the AG’s office said.

“The third shootout occurred at 7:40 p.m. in the agricultural community of Acatlan, city of Guemez, where two armed civilians and a soldier died,” the AG’s office said.

The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Tamaulipas and smuggling routes into the United States.

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.

President Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has continued the strategy implemented by Calderon of taking on the cartels, but he has also called for bolstering intelligence capabilities and attacking criminal organizations’ entire structures, not just kingpins.

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Spanish Foreign Minister Attends Flag Ceremony in Miami

Spanish Foreign Minister Attends Flag Ceremony in Miami

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Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo attended a flag ceremony on board the Spanish navy training vessel Juan Sebastian Elcano in Miami on Sunday.

Prior to the ceremony, Mass was celebrated on board the Elcano, which has been moored in Miami waters this week to participate in the events organized for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513.

Also attending the shipboard ceremony were Spanish Ambassador to the United States Ramon Gil-Casares Satrustegui and Spain’s consul in Miami, Cristina Barrios.

The flag ceremony itself was presided over by the Elcano’s captain, Alfonso Gomez Fernandez de Cordoba, and attended by about 60 people, as well as by the ship’s crew.

The Elcano was built in shipyards in the southern city of Cadiz in 1927-8 and entered service with the Spanish navy in August 1928, logging since then more than 1.6 million nautical miles through the world’s oceans.

Its main task at present is to help train future Spanish naval officers and it makes a six-month voyage for that purpose each year.

The vessel also serves as a “floating embassy,” supporting Spain’s foreign policy with assorted activities, holding receptions for local authorities at the ports where it puts in and maintaining links with the local Spanish communities there.

On Monday, the Elcano will set sail for Cape Canaveral, and it will later call at Newport, Rhode Island, and then depart for European waters once again to participate in the 525th anniversary ceremony of the creation of the Dutch navy before returning to Spain.

Garcia-Margallo is scheduled to return to Spain on Sunday after spending a week in the United States during which time he has visited Washington - where he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and participated in a session to honor him at the Organization of American States - and Miami.

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California Firefighters Have Controlled 60 Percent of Fire

California Firefighters Have Controlled 60 Percent of Fire

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The fire that has consumed more than 11,000 hectares (27,500 acres) north of Los Angeles since late last week has been 60 percent brought under control, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Sunday.

Mike Parkes, the assistant director of the department, said that fire activity in the area has dropped in a “dramatic” manner.

Thanks to a falloff in temperatures and in local winds, authorities expect that the fire, known as the “Spring Fire,” will be fully under control by Monday.

Since it broke out last Thursday, the blaze has spread along the coast north of Los Angeles, spurred by winds of more than 70 kilometers (43 miles) per hour, and it has threatened the Pacific Highway, the highway running along the Pacific coast, one stretch of which was cut off by the flames for a few hours on Friday.

About 4,000 homes were evacuated in the towns of Thousand Oaks and Camarillo in Ventura County.

More than 950 firefighters have been deployed to battle the flames.

Although it appears that most of the risk stemming from the current fire has passed, the blaze has pointed up the risk of what could occur when summer comes, given the scanty rain in the Los Angeles region - less than half the regular amount - since the first of the year.

The lack of rain has put the region into a situation where there is a “definitive” tendency for such fires to break out, said NASA meteorologist William Patzert.

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MondayMay 6, 2013