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WednesdayJuly 3, 2013

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“La Voz” Welcomes Spanish Singer David Bisbal for Its Third Season

Spanish singer David Bisbal will be one of the entertainers participating in the third season of the “La Voz…Mexico” television program.

Bisbal is the third entertainer confirmed for the show by the Televisa network after Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel and Mexican rocker Alejandra Guzman.

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Leftist Mayoral Candidate Gunned Down in Mexico

Leftist Mayoral Candidate Gunned Down in Mexico

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A leftist candidate for the mayoralty of San Dimas, a city in the northern Mexican state of Durango, was murdered, prosecutors told Efe Tuesday.

Ricardo Reyes Zamudio, a member of the Citizens Movement, was kidnapped during a funeral and his bullet-riddled body was found Monday in the town of Tayoltita, the Durango state Attorney General’s Office said.

An army patrol found the body of the politician, who had served as San Dimas’s mayor from 2007-2010, the AG’s office said in a statement.

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Mexican and Central American Consulates See Surge in Immigration Document Requests

Mexican and Central American Consulates See Surge in Immigration Document Requests

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Mexican and Central American consulates in the United States are registering an increase in requests for official documents and, according to the Central American Resource Center, they must increase their available resources to be prepared if immigration reform is passed.

“We know that right now, before the passage of immigration reform, the consulates are very full,” the executive director of CARECEN, Martha Arevalo, told Efe on Wednesday.

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Ohio Kidnapper, Ariel Castro, Competent to Stand Trial

Ohio Kidnapper, Ariel Castro, Competent to Stand Trial

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On June 7, an Ohio grand jury indicted Ariel Castro on 329 charges related to his alleged kidnapping, enslavement and sexual depravity toward three young women recently rescued from his home.

On Wednesday, a Cuyahoga County judge deemed Castro competent to stand trial, as he is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.

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Mexican Officials Say the Burned Body was Suspect in Kidnapped Youths Case

Mexican Officials Say the Burned Body was Suspect in Kidnapped Youths Case

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A burned body found several days ago in Mexico’s Morelos state has been identified as that of Dax Rodriguez Ledezma, one of the owners of the Mexico City bar where 12 young people disappeared on May 26, the Federal District’s government said.

“Dax Rodriguez Ledezma was the subject of an order to locate and appear issued by ... the capital’s special prosecutor’s office for kidnappings as the person likely responsible for the kidnapping of 12 people at the Heaven bar,” the Federal District’s government said in a statement.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found on June 22 in a community in Morelos, which is south of Mexico City.

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Preservation of Ecuador’s Late Giant Tortoise, Lonesome George, Begins

Preservation of Ecuador’s Late Giant Tortoise, Lonesome George, Begins

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Ecuador’s Lonesome George, the last giant Galapagos tortoise who died last year, was defrosted last week to begin the preservation process.

Being embalmed in the U.S., Lonesome George will be returned to Ecuador to be exhibited in the Galapagos archipelago. He was the last of his subspecies.

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¡Felicidades! Venezuela on Your 202nd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Venezuela on Your 202nd Year of Independence

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Today, all of Venezuela is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain.  Christopher Columbus sailed along the eastern coast of Venezuela on his third voyage in 1498, the only one of his four voyages to reach the South American mainland.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s in full force and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, converted natives to Christianity and enslaved native populations while pillaging the country’s gold mines. 

Venezuela started it fight for independence in 1797 getting inspiration from the French Revolution.  The Venezuelan War of Independence lasted from 1811-1823 led by Venezuelan freedom fighter Simon Bolivar.  The country’s congress declared the country independent on July 5, 1811 nonetheless Spain kept trying to maintain its control over the country until the final Battle of Lake Maracaibo in 1823. 

The country will celebrate with parades, music concerts and cultural exhibitions and toast its new President Nicolas Maduro while honoring the memory of former President Hugo Chavez. 

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry sent the following congratulatory remarks: 

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Venezuela as you commemorate the day that Venezuela declared its independence 202 years ago.

Venezuela and the United States have much in common. For example, revolutionary leader General Francisco de Miranda also played a part in our own struggle for independence, participating in the Battle of Pensacola in 1781. His contribution is forever memorialized in a monument that stands in the heart of Philadelphia, the original capital of the United States. When a devastating earthquake struck Venezuela in 1812 the United States sent the Venezuelan people the first humanitarian assistance it ever provided to a foreign country. These two examples demonstrate that Venezuela and the United States have shared ties of friendship and common values since the birth of our two nations, and the ties between our people endure.

I wish Venezuelans everywhere health, happiness, and hope on the anniversary of your independence.

 

 

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SPAIN: Man Grew Marijuana on Catholic Church Land

Investigators in Santa Cruz, Spain say they have arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly using Catholic diocese land to grow marijuana.

Referred to by only his initials, R.C.H. was reportedly hired to manage the land owned by the island Diocese of Tenerife in April 1st, 2012.

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Brazilian Soccer Federation President Denies Ties to Journalist’s Murder

Brazilian Soccer Federation President Denies Ties to Journalist’s Murder

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The president of the Brazilian Soccer Federation, or CBF, denied any connection to the 1975 assassination of a journalist who apparently drew the ire of the military regime that ruled the South American nation from 1964-1985.

“I don’t repent any action in my life. I never acted with malice toward anyone, I’m a true democrat,” CBF chief Jose Maria Marin said when asked about the murder of Vladimir Herzog, who was news director of TV Cultura at the time of his slaying.

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Check Out ‘Dogchitecture’ in Mexico City

Check Out ‘Dogchitecture’ in Mexico City

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Mexico City’s Polyforum Siqueiros museum is offering a new exposition aimed to please dog lovers and design enthusiasts alike.

The exhibit “Dogchitecture” was created by various up-and-coming Mexican architects who designed conceptual dog houses.

These unique designs offer a stylized approach to rethinking the standard dog house.

The exhibit can be seen through August 2013.

Check out more “Dogchitecture” designs below.

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For Brain Damage Received at Bar, Man Awarded $58M

For Brain Damage Received at Bar, Man Awarded $58M

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A California man severely injured at a bar was just awarded $58 million by a jury on Friday.

Antonio Lopez Chaj, 43, is now unable to speak after he was brutally beaten at Barra Latina in Los Angeles’ mid-Wilshire neighborhood by the bar’s security guard on April 20, 2010.

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Diplomatic Affront Says Latin America: Bolivian Presidential Plane Held Captive for 13 Hours

Diplomatic Affront Says Latin America: Bolivian Presidential Plane Held Captive for 13 Hours

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“Mother of God! What a world!” raged Argentine President Cristina Kirchner while Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa railed on Twitter about the “attack” and “affront to our America” urging Latin Americans to take action. 

These were some of the reactions when the Bolivian Presidential plane carrying Evo Morales and other high ranking government officials was denied the right to fly into certain European airspace and kept for 13 hours on an Austrian tarmac, late last night.

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Mexico Takes On Greater Responsibility of Protecting Sea Turtles

Mexico Takes On Greater Responsibility of Protecting Sea Turtles

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Mexico has been elected to preside over the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, or IAC, for the 2013-2015 period, National Protected Natural Areas Commissioner Luis Fueyo Mac Donald said.

Participants at the June 26-28 6th Conference of IAC Members in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands agreed that promoting sea turtles’ recovery in the Pacific Ocean is a priority because the marine animals are seriously threatened, Fueyo said.

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Bodies of Kidnapped Teenagers Discovered in Western Mexico

Bodies of Kidnapped Teenagers Discovered in Western Mexico

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The attorney general of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, Luis Carlos Najera, announced Tuesday that the bodies of two teenagers who had been kidnapped on June 21 at a mall near Guadalajara, the state capital, had been found.

Najera said that a 17-year-old boy is under arrest as an alleged participant in the murders of Andres Barba Oliva and Luis Antonio Ortiz, both 15.

The arrested youth said that the victims “mistreated and made fun of a son of Jose Angel Carrasco Coronel, ... who is under arrest in Mexico City” for drug trafficking the AG said.

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NFL Coach Teaches Faith, Football to Peruvian Kids

NFL Coach Teaches Faith, Football to Peruvian Kids

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Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, recently completed a one-week mission trip to Piura, Peru, where he taught poor children about their Catholic faith and American football.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Harbaugh – whose team made it to the 2013 Super Bowl before losing to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Harbaugh’s older brother – has volunteered at the Peruvian parish of Santísimo Sacramento, which means Most Holy Sacrament.

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Guillermo del Toro: ‘Pacific Rim’ Has Scenes Never Seen in Movies

Guillermo del Toro: ‘Pacific Rim’ Has Scenes Never Seen in Movies

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Mexican director Guillermo del Toro said his latest film, “Pacific Rim,” has scenes never before seen in a movie.

“The film is unbelievable in terms of the action scenes, the size and how spectacular it is ... you are going to see scenes that I believe have never before been seen in cinema, in any film,” the filmmaker said in a press conference in Mexico City.

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Lego and Mondelez to Invest $725 Million in Mexico

Lego and Mondelez to Invest $725 Million in Mexico

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U.S.-based Mondelez International and Denmark’s Lego plan to invest a total of $725 million in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said.

Candy and snack foods giant Mondelez plans to pump $600 million into the state, while toymaker Lego will invest $125 million, the president said.

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Mexican Police Recover 10 Kindergarteners Abducted from School

Mexican Police Recover 10 Kindergarteners Abducted from School

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Ten children were “abducted” from a kindergarten in the central Mexican state of Morelos, but they were freed a few hours later and are “in good health,” Gov. Graco Ramirez said Tuesday.

“The children have been found” and are “in good health,” the governor, who belongs to the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, said in a message on Twitter.

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Gas Price Hike Upsets Puerto Ricans

Gas Price Hike Upsets Puerto Ricans

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Puerto Rican consumers are expressing their discontent with the increase in gasoline prices resulting from the government’s near-doubling of a tax on fuel wholesalers.

A senator with the main opposition PNP, Carmelo Rios, on Tuesday demanded the firing of Consumer Affairs Secretary Nery Adames for her handling of the gasoline price hike,

“She has demonstrated a dangerous incompetence regarding her function as protector of consumers by permitting the prices of gasoline to rise without taking appropriate action,” said the legislator.

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WednesdayJuly 3, 2013