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SundayJuly 14, 2013

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Soccer Star Xavi Hernandez Marries Fiancée Nuria Cunillera in Spain

Soccer Star Xavi Hernandez Marries Fiancée Nuria Cunillera in Spain

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FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez and fiancee Nuria Cunillera were married in a ceremony at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden in the Spanish city of Blanes before some 180 invited guests, including most of the soccer team.

The ceremony took place Saturday evening and later the couple and close friends went to the neighboring building “El Convent,” a 16th century structure where the banquet was held.

The marriage of the Barça star drew about 100 curious members of the public who cheered Hernandez when he arrived at the Botanical Garden, which offers several magnificent views of the Costa Brava.

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Reality Show Goes Behind the Scenes of Miss Venezuela Competition

Reality Show Goes Behind the Scenes of Miss Venezuela Competition

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The strict diets, the physical exercise regimen, the speech classes and the discussions among the participants of the Miss Venezuela contest are the things that the public will be able to view starting this week on a new reality show where the 24 candidates for this year’s celebrated beauty pageant will be selected and prepared.

On national television and cable TV starting on Monday, those who have always wanted to know “the truth” and the secrets of preparing the women for the contest will be able to watch “Todo por la corona” (Everything for the crown), an experiment bringing to the small screen the celebrated and criticized competition.

The TV show promises to present what before was almost a secret ingredient of the success of the contest, the severe training routine that that could only be imagined via the gossip that leaked out of the “Miss Venezuela Mansion,” where the young ladies are prepared.

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Anthropology Professor Says New “Type” of Immigrant Trying to Enter U.S.

Anthropology Professor Says New “Type” of Immigrant Trying to Enter U.S.

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The ongoing deportation program is resulting a “new type of immigrant” trying to cross the border into the United States, namely undocumented foreigners who have lived illegally for many years in this country and “the only way of life they know is that of the United States,” Jason De Leon, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, said.

De Leon heads a project documenting the evolution of immigration between Mexico and the United States through the collection of objects left by immigrants during their trek through the desert on the southern border.

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Carlos Berlocq Beats Verdasco in Swedish Open Final

Carlos Berlocq Beats Verdasco in Swedish Open Final

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Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq, who is ranked 74th in the world, won his first ATP Tour title on Sunday, defeating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-1 in the the final of the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad.

The 30-year-old Berlocq needed one hour and 37 minutes to win his first title.

The 35th-ranked Verdasco struggled with his service game in the final, while Berlocq responded with a strong baseline game.

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Colombia Receives $250 Million Loan to Reform Health Care System

Colombia Receives $250 Million Loan to Reform Health Care System

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Colombia will strengthen its health care system through a model that emphasizes prevention with the help of a programmatic policy-based loan for $250 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The program’s objective is to support the design and implementation of health system reforms to generate a continuous improvement in health outcomes and ensure the flow and transparency of public resources for health care in Colombia.

Colombia is close to achieving universal health insurance coverage. In December 2012, 91.1 percent of the population was enrolled in its General Social Security Health Care System. Access to services has expanded under a progressive framework.

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First Swine Flu Death Reported in Peru

First Swine Flu Death Reported in Peru

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One person has died and a total of 46 people have been infected with the AH1N1 swine flu virus in Peru this year, a Health Ministry official said.

“At this time, we do not have an increase in AH1N1 cases” even though a man died at a hospital in Callao province, outside Lima, from the disease, Health Ministry director of epidemiology Martin Yagui said in a press conference on Saturday.

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Australian Woman Gored During Last Run With the Bulls

Australian Woman Gored During Last Run With the Bulls

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A 23-year-old Australian woman was gored during the final running of the bulls Sunday at the San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, becoming the fifth woman, all of them foreigners, gored at the iconic event.

Since 1990, when the first woman was gored in the event, three Americans, a Norwegian and now the Australian have met the same fate.

Women were prohibited from running with the bulls at the San Fermin festival until 1974, with the ban dating back to July 1, 1867.

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Brazilian Police Arrest 30 Suspected Gang Members in Rio

Brazilian Police Arrest 30 Suspected Gang Members in Rio

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State police arrested 30 people suspected of belonging to the gang that controls drug trafficking in Rocinha, the largest “favela,” or shantytown, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian officials said.

The arrests were made during an operation carried out Saturday to capture 58 suspected drug traffickers.

Investigators intercepted telephone calls and determined that nearly 100 people continued selling drugs in Rocinha even though the shantytown had been occupied by police in November 2011.

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Documentary Questioning Mexican Legal System is Currently on Trial

Documentary Questioning Mexican Legal System is Currently on Trial

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The trial of the filmmakers behind the highly successful documentary “Presunto culpable,” which tells the story of how Antonio “Toño” Zuñiga was falsely accused of murder, has reopened the debate in Mexico over whether a decision against those behind the film might have a “gag effect” on individuals who want to draw attention to social problems via documentaries.

“This is a very paradoxical situation. ‘Presunto culpable’ is perhaps one of the most important muckraking works on the structural problems for criminal procedure in Mexico,” Ibero-American University law professor Miguel Rabago told Efe.

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Hospital Releases Placido Domingo Following Treatment for Embolism

Hospital Releases Placido Domingo Following Treatment for Embolism

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Placido Domingo has been released from the Madrid medical center where he was admitted early this week for treatment of a pulmonary embolism, the tenor announced on his Twitter account.

“Going home…” was Domingo’s brief message, completed with two photos showing him getting into a car and waving.

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PRI Accepts Defeat in Key Mexican Gubernatorial Election

PRI Accepts Defeat in Key Mexican Gubernatorial Election

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The candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, for the governorship of Baja California, Fernando Castro Trenti, acknowledged Saturday that the partial results of the July 7 elections are going against him.

“We have to assume our responsibilities,” Castro Trenti told a press conference in the city of Tijuana.

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FC Barcelona Museum Dedicated “Exclusive” Space for Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona Museum Dedicated “Exclusive” Space for Lionel Messi

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The Argentine striker of the FC Barcelona soccer club, Leo Messi, now has his own “exclusive” space dedicated to him in the Barca Museum, an honor no player ever achieved before, the Catalan club announced Saturday.

Messi’s area covers 70 sq. meters (750 sq. feet) of the “Camp Nou Experience” tour. Displayed in this area, now welcoming visitors, are four Ballons d’Or and two European Golden Shoes in six showcases.

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Health Alert Raised After Russia Dumps 800 Tons of Asbestos in Mexico

Health Alert Raised After Russia Dumps 800 Tons of Asbestos in Mexico

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More than 800 tons of asbestos from Russia were dumped eight months ago at the Mexican Gulf coast port of Veracruz and represents a health risk for the population, the Reforma newspaper reported Saturday.

In its front-page story, the daily said the material was imported by the Mexalit company, which makes construction materials.

According to the article, the product was stored in Veracruz in October 2012 when Mexalit asked a transport company to keep it at the port because its warehouses were full.

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Texas Lawmakers Pass Strict Abortion Bill in Senate

Texas Lawmakers Pass Strict Abortion Bill in Senate

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The Texas Senate has passed a bill tightening restictions on abortion following three weeks of protests by activists and groups defending a woman’s right to choose.

The state’s upper house voted 19-11 in favor of the bill that imposes such strict legal requirements on the 42 abortion clinics in Texas that only five of them comply.

The legislation passed late Friday also bans abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, only allows it to be practiced in surgical centers and limits where and when women can take pills to induce abortion.

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SundayJuly 14, 2013