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SaturdayJuly 6, 2013

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Rate of Amazon Deforestation Nearly Quintupled in May

Rate of Amazon Deforestation Nearly Quintupled in May

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Brazil’s portion of the Amazon rainforest lost 464.96 sq. kilometers (180 sq. miles) of cover in May, or 4.7 times the amount deforested in the same month of 2012 (98.85 sq. kilometers), officials said.

The most affected area was Mato Grosso state, a booming agricultural region in the southern Amazon where 276.92 sq. kilometers of rainforest was destroyed, according to satellite data unveiled Friday by the National Institute for Space Research, or Inpe.

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23-Million-Year-Old Lizard Fossil Found in Mexico

23-Million-Year-Old Lizard Fossil Found in Mexico

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Mexican scientists are studying a complete fossil of a lizard that lived some 23 million years ago and whose soft tissue remains have been preserved in amber.

The small piece of fossil resin, which is in the shape of a trapezoid and entombs the skeleton, was found several months ago in the Simojovel amber deposits of the northern part of the southeastern state of Chiapas.

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Raymond Rodriguez: Chronicler of Mass Mexican Deportations during Great Depression, Dies at 87

Raymond Rodriguez: Chronicler of Mass Mexican Deportations during Great Depression, Dies at 87

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The chronicler of the mass deportation of over 1 million Mexican and Mexican-Americans during the Great Depression and author of “Decade of Betrayal” has died at 87.

Thanks to Raymond Rodriguez many now know an ugly chapter in U.S. history that was often forgotten and over looked until his groundbreaking book in 1995.  Even before he wrote the book he chronicled through oral history and research the mass rounds up of Mexicans, Mexican-American citizens and lawful immigrants in states with heavy Latino populations, as a way to help the U.S. out of the Great Depression. 

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Edward Snowden Offered “Humanitarian Asylum” in Venezuela

Edward Snowden Offered “Humanitarian Asylum” in Venezuela

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had decided to offer “humanitarian asylum” to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to “protect him from persecution” by Washington.

“I’ve decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American Edward Snowden so he can come and live in the fatherland of (19th century South American independence hero Simon) Bolivar and (Maduro’s late predecessor and mentor, Hugo) Chavez, the leftist head of state said in a speech Friday to commemorate the 202nd anniversary of Venezuela’s declaration of independence.

Maduro said during a military parade that he had decided to “offer this instrument of international humanitarian law to protect this young man, Snowden, from the persecution that has been unleashed by the world’s most powerful empire against a young man who has told the truth.”

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Boeing 777 Crashes During Landing at San Francisco Airport

Boeing 777 Crashes During Landing at San Francisco Airport

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A Boeing 777 jet operated by Korea’s Asiana Airlines crash landed Saturday afternoon at the San Francisco International Airport, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said.

Although the sequence of events remains unclear, an FAA spokeswoman said the plane crashed on landing and caught fire.

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Italy’s Top Narco Caught in Colombia, Friendly with Mexican Cartels

Italy’s Top Narco Caught in Colombia, Friendly with Mexican Cartels

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Italy’s biggest narco, Roberto Pannunzi, has been caught in Colombia after a daring escape from justice in 2010.

Pannunzi an Italian Mafioso is often referred to as the “Pablo Escobar of Italy” for the large quantities of cocaine he moves.  He is known as a bulk purchaser of coke moving 6,000 pounds and up, at a time,  of Mexican-Colombian cocaine from Latin America to Europe.  He keeps close ties with Italy’s Cosa Nostra and Colombian and Mexican narcos.

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Japanese Culture Inspired Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”

Japanese Culture Inspired Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”

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Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said he was a child when he first became fascinated with Japanese animated “kaiju” films featuring dueling giant-sized monsters.

“I grew up in the 1960s, the decade when the “kaiju” genre was at its peak” and “all the animated series that a child could see in Tokyo were in Mexican culture,” the 48-year-old director told Efe before Thursday’s world premiere of “Pacific Rim,” which pays homage to that mythology.

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Alejandro Sanz to View Melting Ice Caps in Arctic with Greenpeace

Alejandro Sanz to View Melting Ice Caps in Arctic with Greenpeace

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Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz will give a concert here Saturday night before taking a brief pause in his current tour to get a first-hand look at the melting ice caps in the Arctic region.

As in other dates on his “La musica no se toca” tour, Sanz will be joined on stage in his home city’s Ramon de Carranza soccer stadium by several guest musicians - Niña Pastori, David De Maria, Manuel Carrasco and David Palomar, who will provide backing vocals on some songs.

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Bolivia Becomes Third Latin American Country to Offer NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Asylum

Bolivia Becomes Third Latin American Country to Offer NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Asylum

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Today alleged NSA leaker and U.S. spy Edward Snowden received his third offer of asylum, this one from Bolivia.  The first two offers that came yesterday were also from Latin America that included Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said this morning Snowden is welcomed in his country.  He did not confirm or deny if Snowden had filed a formal request for asylum to Bolivia.  Morales is offering Snowden asylum in “justa protesta” against the European countries that treated him so shabbily this week.

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Spain’s San Fermin Festival Draws Large Crowds

Spain’s San Fermin Festival Draws Large Crowds

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The firing of the traditional “chupinazo” rocket here Saturday before a giant crowd marked the start of the nine-day San Fermin festival.

The inauguration ceremony normally takes place at midday on July 6 in this northern Spanish city but it had to be postponed for about 15 minutes due to the unexpected unfurling of a giant Basque flag in front of the mayor’s house.

Authorities said the flag could prevent the safe firing of the rocket from the city hall’s balcony and needed to be removed beforehand.

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Bolivian Questions Whether Europeans Would Have Searched Obama’s Plane

Bolivian Questions Whether Europeans Would Have Searched Obama’s Plane

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The European countries involved in this week’s diversion and subsequent search of Bolivian President Evo Morales’s plane would not have acted likewise toward another head of state, a member of Bolivia’s government suggested here Friday.

“Would they have done the same with the plane of (U.S. President Barack) Obama, or that of some other power such as England?,” Bolivia’s anti-corruption minister, Nardi Suxo, asked rhetorically during remarks at Madrid’s Casa de America.

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Neymar Undergoes Surgeries on Tonsils, Deviated Septum

Brazilian soccer star Neymar underwent two “successful” medical procedures on Friday, one to have his tonsils removed and another to correct a deviated nasal septum.

The operation on his nose, which had not been previously announced, was performed to improve the 21-year-old forward’s breathing.

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Maradona Files Complaint Against Ex-Partner Over Twitter Photos of Son

Maradona Files Complaint Against Ex-Partner Over Twitter Photos of Son

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Argentine soccer icon Diego Maradona has filed a complaint against former partner Veronica Ojeda after she posted photos of their infant son to a social-networking site in defiance of a court order.

“The defendant did not comply with the court order, since Ms. Ojeda took it on herself to post photos of the minor on social-networking sites (Twitter), in which the boy appears with his grandmother and other people,” Maradona’s attorney, Matias Morla, told Argentina’s official Telam news agency on Thursday.

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7 Young Males Killed in Southern Mexico

7 Young Males Killed in Southern Mexico

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Seven males ranging in age from 12 to 24 were fatally shot in the southern Mexican town of Coyuca de Benitez, the Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office said.

Municipal police received a call around 6:00 p.m. Thursday about the presence of dead bodies along an area river, the AG’s office said in a statement.

At the site, police found six people dead and two others wounded. All eight had been shot in the head.

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Guatemalan Gangs Targeting Bus Drivers

Guatemalan Gangs Targeting Bus Drivers

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Gang members killed two people and three others in Guatemala City Friday in attacks on bus drivers who failed to pay protection money, Guatemalan police said.

The assaults occurred early Friday at the expiration of the deadline set by the gangs for transit operators to pay up, police spokesman Pablo Castillo told reporters.

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Trucker Killed Trying to Break Through Brazil Highway Blockade

Trucker Killed Trying to Break Through Brazil Highway Blockade

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A trucker who tried to break through a highway blockade set up by other drivers in southern Brazil died from being hit on the head by a hurled stone, local media reported Thursday.

The incident occurred on Wednesday on a highway in Rio Grande do Sul state where a large group of MUBC truckers union members were blocking traffic as part of the demonstration their union is staging in solidarity with the nationwide protests that erupted in June.

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Business Group Predicts Brazil’s Economy to Grow 2 Percent in 2013

Business Group Predicts Brazil’s Economy to Grow 2 Percent in 2013

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The Brazilian economy will expand by 2 percent in 2013 and manufacturing will grow barely 1 percent, the National Confederation of Industry, or CNI, said Thursday.

Those figures represent a significant downward revision from the CNI’s March forecast, which predicted 2.6 percent growth in manufacturing and a gain of 3.2 percent in gross domestic product.

“The current economic environment, both internal and external, determines the Brazilian economy for 2013, which will be a year of reduced growth and elevated inflation,” the CNI said in its second-quarter evaluation.

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SaturdayJuly 6, 2013