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WednesdayJune 12, 2013

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Antonio Banderas Takes a Stand For European Film Industry

Antonio Banderas Takes a Stand For European Film Industry

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The survival of Europe’s film industry depends on cooperation, Spanish actor Antonio Banderas said at the opening of the 20th Spanish and Ibero-American cinema week in the Bulgarian capital.

“It is very important for all of us working in movie making to be united, since (European) cinema is experiencing very difficult moments now,” he said, citing a sharp decline in filmgoers, the problem of piracy and competition from big Hollywood studios.

Banderas is in Sofia to film “Automata,” a science-fiction flick featuring himself and wife Melanie Griffith and directed by the Spaniard.

Referring to the 16-hour days he has been putting in to make the film, the actor quipped: “It’s the life of a worker.”

Banderas, an ambassador for “Brand Spain,” was introduced at the festival opening by the Spanish envoy to Bulgaria, Jose Luis Tapia.

The actor confirmed that he has agreed to star in Carlos Saura’s film about Pablo Picasso, a project Banderas described as “very special for many, many reasons.”

The Malaga native pointed out that he was born about two blocks away from Picasso’s birthplace.

Saura’s film will focus on specific episodes in the artist’s life, such as the period when Picasso painted “Guernica,” a depiction of the devastating airstrike on that northern Spanish town during the country’s 1936-1939 civil war.

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Blog del Narco: Drug Trafficker “El Indio” Captured by Weakness for Women and Football

Blog del Narco: Drug Trafficker “El Indio” Captured by Weakness for Women and Football

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The weakness of Torres El Indio for soccer and sexy women cost him his freedom. El Indio, one of the most wanted, was captured with his girlfriend when they headed to a football match at Maracana Stadium in Brazil. According to the web posting of the newspaper El Mundo, the criminal was captured as he traveled to Rio de Janeiro for a soccer match between England and Santos, along with his girlfriend Colombian model Sara Builes. The police tracked the criminal as he escorted his girlfriend on her modeling jobs. The authorities knew that he would travel to Spain in late May to meet his girlfriend. From Europe, “the Indian” ran the drug business traffic using false credentials.

In a joint effort of various police department s and countries, the authorities learned of the plan to travel to Brazil with his girlfriend, where they managed to capture the drug lord.  At the time of his arrest, Manco Torres was in possession of 30 000 euros which were claimed by his girlfriend, after she was released without charges. Finally, El Mundo notes that El Indio had a Red Notice issued by Interpol as is required in Colombia for crimes such as drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and more.

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Mexico City Catholic Church Collecting Guns to Help Reduce Violence

Mexico City Catholic Church Collecting Guns to Help Reduce Violence

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In the first five months of 2013 Mexico City authorities have collected nearly 5,500 firearms. Though the number is small in comparison to the weapons that are illegally on the streets of Mexico City, it is in fact more weapons (5,433) that have been voluntarily collected in the four previous years.

The gun collection program is a great success in great part due to the Catholic Church in Mexico City which helps collect guns and get the word out about the program.  The program also has government money that is used to “barter” for the weapons.

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44 Bullets Kill Brazil Newspaper Editor

44 Bullets Kill Brazil Newspaper Editor

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The editor of Hora H, a daily serving low-income communities in suburban Rio de Janeiro, was fatally shot, Brazilian police said Wednesday.

Hooded assailants pumped at least 44 bullets into Jose Roberto Ornelas de Lemos, indicating that the killing was a murder-for-hire, detectives said.

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Mexican Authorities Free 275, Including Children Forced to Live & Work Inside Tomoato Packing Plant

Mexican Authorities Free 275, Including Children Forced to Live & Work Inside Tomoato Packing Plant

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Police freed 275 people who were being forced to work at a tomato farm in San Gabriel, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, prosecutors said.

The victims - 191 men, 45 women and 39 children - belonged to 42 families and were forced to live inside the tomato packing plant in subhuman conditions, the Jalisco Attorney General’s Office said.

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DOL Announes $9M for Career Training for Migrant Farmworkers

DOL Announes $9M for Career Training for Migrant Farmworkers

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The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $9.1 million in grants to seven organizations through the National Farmworker Jobs Program to improve economic opportunities and combat chronic unemployment and underemployment for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.

The grantees announced today are expected to help farmworkers upgrade their agricultural job skills or acquire new skills in industries that offer higher wages and more stable employment.

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Rosa Flores Announced as New Correspondent for CNN

Rosa Flores Announced as New Correspondent for CNN

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CNN has named Rosa Flores as correspondent it was announced today by Terence Burke, Vice President of Newsgathering for CNN/U.S.  She will start in July and will be based in New York City.

Said Burke, “Rosa is an outstanding reporter who made her mark in local television covering numerous breaking news and enterprise stories.  We are thrilled to have her join the CNN team.”

In addition to her role as correspondent Flores will serve as substitute anchor.



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Demi Lovato Wants a Realistic Barbie of Her

Demi Lovato Wants a Realistic Barbie of Her

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Demi Lovato has long used social media to communicate with her adoring fans and since revealing her personal struggles has worked to inspire girls to be their best selves.

On Monday, Lovato confessed to being long-time Barbie fan and expressed her interest in having her own custom doll.

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Most Peaceful Countries in Latin America

Most Peaceful Countries in Latin America

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Annually, the Institute for Economics and Peace rank the world’s nations according to the Global Peace Index.

This year 162 nations were evaluated, Iceland (GPI score: 1.16) ranked most peaceful and Afghanistan (GPI score: 3.44) ranked least peaceful.

The least peaceful country in Latin America was Colombia (GPI score: 2.63), which ranked 147th internationally.

Check out Latin America’s most peaceful countries below.

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THE VOICE: Did Team Shakira Make it to the Final 3?

THE VOICE: Did Team Shakira Make it to the Final 3?

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On Tuesday, two more singers were sent home in the fourth season of NBC’s The Voice, leaving just the final three. So who went home?

After a record-breaking night of voting, Team Shakira’s final singer, Sasha Allen was sent home, along with Team Adam’s final singer, Amber Carrington.

So who does that leave?

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Mexican Police Detain 6 Suspects for Deaths of 13 Women

Mexican Police Detain 6 Suspects for Deaths of 13 Women

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Six gang members were arrested in connection with the murders of 13 women between 2009 and 2011 in northern Mexico, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office said.

The victims’ remains were found last year, special prosecutor Jorge Gonzalez said.

The suspects, who were arrested early Tuesday, belong to a gang that sexually exploited women, employing them at several businesses, including a modeling agency, Gonzalez said.

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Top Latino Last Names in America

Top Latino Last Names in America

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The United States Social Security Administration has ranked the top 50 most common last names in America.

Over 20 percent of the top 50 names are of Latino origin.

While there are currently 2,380,000 Americans who have the last name Smith, what was the top Latino last name in America?

Check out the top Latino last names in America below.

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CHICAGO: Leadership Award Recipient Arrested on Drug Charges

CHICAGO: Leadership Award Recipient Arrested on Drug Charges

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Just hours after receiving a leadership award, a Chicago woman and her male companion were busted on drug charges.

Jill Kaplan, 33, and Leo Perez, 37, were at the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan on Monday celebrating the “Tomorrow’s Leader” award she had received earlier that night.

Kaplan, who works for AnswersMedia was honored at a gala hosted by MPIChicago. Perez’ Twitter account states he is a technology consultant for It Solutions.

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Immigration Bill Amendment Would Carve Out Benefits For Some Same-Sex Couples

Immigration Bill Amendment Would Carve Out Benefits For Some Same-Sex Couples

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When the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform plan was considered before the Senate Judiciary Committee in May, LGBT advocates were heartbroken to watch as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) withdrew an amendment from the bill that would haven given the same immigration rights to bi-national same-sex couples that are enjoyed by their straight counterparts. But now, the amendment is back.

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Barca Superstar Lionel Messi Facing $5.3M Tax Fraud Charges, May Face Prison Sentence

Barca Superstar Lionel Messi Facing $5.3M Tax Fraud Charges, May Face Prison Sentence

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FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and his father face a tax-fraud lawsuit in Spain related to returns filed in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The suit alleges the 25-year-old, four-time world player of the year, who lives in this Spanish metropolis, defrauded the state out of more than 4 million euros ($5.3 million).

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Can a Cat Run for Office in Mexico? Meet Candigato Morris

Can a Cat Run for Office in Mexico? Meet Candigato Morris

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If social media determined political races, a cat would likely be the next mayor of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

Frustrated with the lack of what they considered suitable candidates, two Xalapa residents known only as Sergio and Daniel created a candidate of their own - Candigato Morris, an adorable black and white cat.

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Peruvian Drug War Gets Assistance From U.S.

Peru’s war on drugs will improve in quality and quantity thanks to the support of the United States, the Andean nation’s leader, Ollanta Humala, said here Tuesday after a White House meeting with President Barack Obama.

“We have found in your administration an open environment in which we can build on all the strategic areas so as to strengthen our bonds,” Humala said during a joint press appearance with Obama.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman, 72, Keeps Robber at Bay with Revolver

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman, 72, Keeps Robber at Bay with Revolver

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A robber picked the wrong house to break into on Sunday when he attempted to steal from the home a well-armed 72-year-old woman in California.

Jan Cooper told police she and her World War II veteran husband were sleeping in their Anaheim home when she heard someone at her front door at around 12:30 a.m.

The intruder, later identified as 31-year-old Brandon Alexander Perez, had trouble getting in the from door and attempted to get in through a sliding glass door.

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Virginia Senator Shows Support for Immigration by Speaking to Congress in Spanish

Virginia Senator Shows Support for Immigration by Speaking to Congress in Spanish

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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) showed his support Tuesday for the bipartisan immigration reform bill that the Senate is beginning to debate by doing something rather unusual for the chamber: he gave a speech entirely in Spanish.

Kaine, a freshman senator, dusted off the Spanish he learned as a teacher in Honduras to make his speech, just before his colleagues voted to begin formal debate on the reform proposal.

“I believe its appropriate to explain the content of this law in Spanish, a language spoken in this country since Spanish missionaries founded St. Augustine in Florida in 1565,” Kaine said.

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Cuba Tourism Industry to Promote Offerings in Mexico

Cuba Tourism Industry to Promote Offerings in Mexico

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Cuban tourism industry representatives plan a June 16-23 swing through several Mexican cities to promote the “Autentica Cuba” campaign, the Tourism Ministry said.

Representatives of hotel operators, including Melia, Cubanacan, Hotel Royal Hicacos, Iberostar, Habaguanex, BlueBay and Gaviota; travel agencies Cubatur, Paradiso and San Cristobal; and airlines Cubana de Aviacion, Interjet and AeroMexico will visit Monterrey, Guadalajara, Leon, Queretaro and Mexico City, the ministry said.

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PUERTO RICO: 2-Year-Old Found Wandering Alone Near Gas Station

PUERTO RICO: 2-Year-Old Found Wandering Alone Near Gas Station

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A 2-year-old boy was found before dawn Tuesday wandering alone near a gas station in the San Juan suburb of Bayamon, the Puerto Rico Police Department said.

The child apparently used the remote control for the garage-door opener to leave his home without his parents’ knowledge.

An area resident who was on the street awaiting a ride to work spotted the youngster at around 4:30 a.m. and called police, who picked up the boy and took him to Puerto Rico Children’s Hospital in San Juan.

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No Discrepancies Found in Venezuelan Election Recount

No Discrepancies Found in Venezuelan Election Recount

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A review of 100 percent of the ballots cast in the April 14 special election to choose a replacement for deceased President Hugo Chavez uncovered no discrepancies with the official results, Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, or CNE, said Tuesday.

“These results testify to an undeniable reality: the electoral procedure ... due to its technical characteristics and rigorous certification mechanisms, allows Venezuela to count on an electoral system armored against fraud and error,” CNE chair Tibisay Lucena said.

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Blog del Narco: 10 & 11 Year olds Hold Families Hostage in Veracruz

Blog del Narco: 10 & 11 Year olds  Hold Families Hostage in Veracruz

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Two minors held several families terrified and threatened to kidnap them if they did not deliver 30 thousand pesos($2300)  in cash.

The city police director, Rosendo Mendez Córdoba, reported that 10 and 11 years old boys used the landline of their grandparents house to make extortion calls. The children pretended to be members of the Los Zetas Drug Cartel. They ordered the payment of ransom or otherwise they would kill the kidnapped families. They young extortionist were uncovered when one of his victims identified the call he received was being made in the same town of Agua Dulce, and immediately notified the police forces.

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President Enrique Peña Nieto Signs Telecom Reform Measure in Mexico

President Enrique Peña Nieto Signs Telecom Reform Measure in Mexico

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed a constitutional reform measure aimed at promoting competition in the telecommunications industry and strengthening freedom of expression and other rights.

The reform package was introduced in Congress on March 11 and approved on April 30, but it required ratification by the majority of the state legislatures before being enacted.

The measure “gives the Mexican state increased capabilities for ensuring economic competition in all sectors and especially in telecommunications and radio broadcasting,” Peña Nieto said.

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WednesdayJune 12, 2013