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SundayJuly 28, 2013

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Suspect Arrested in Murder of Judge Mireya Mendoza in Honduras

Bairon Martinez, suspected murderer of Judge Mireya Mendoza in the northern Honduran city of El Progreso, has been arrested, officials said Sunday.

Martinez was taken to prison Saturday night by a judge with national jurisdiction on the charge of murdering the magistrate last Wednesday.

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Fire on Mallorca Has Destroyed 4500 Acres of World Heritage Site

Fire on Mallorca Has Destroyed 4500 Acres of World Heritage Site

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The fire that has been burning since last Friday near the town of Andratx on the Spanish island of Mallorca - in the Balearic Islands - has destroyed 1,800 hectares (4,500 acres) and forced the evacuation of some 800 local residents.

Authorities say the fire may have started when a resident began burning stubble and lost control of the situation, whereupon the flames spread rapidly due to a changeable wind and the heat wave the island is enduring.

The fire has affected a region of pine trees and hills on the far western part of the Sierra de Tramuntana, a park area of great natural beauty which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Some 400 firefighters, health care personnel and troops from the Military Emergencies Unit, who frequently are deployed to help put out serious fires, are working in the area to try and bring the blaze under control.

This is the most significant fire registered on Mallora - which is a very popular Mediterranean tourist destination - so far this century, authorities say, adding that it will take decades for the previous amount of foliage on the parkland to reestablish itself.

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Latin America Hit by Virulent Form of Dengue Fever, Death Toll on the Rise

Central and Latin America are being hitting by a potent form of dengue fever resulting in escalating death tolls. 

The mosquito-based outbreak has killed 26 people and infected nearly 40,000 thus far in 2013.  While dengue fever is common throughout Central and Latin America, due to the warm/humid climate, this strain of dengue is particularly aggressive.  Authorities are perplexed by the outbreak since Central American weather has been usually dry this year.

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Pope Francis Calls for 3 M Youth to Go and Serve, Next WYD To Be in Poland

Pope Francis Calls for 3 M Youth to Go and Serve, Next WYD To Be in Poland

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Pope Francis on Sunday called on the 3 million young people who gathered in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day to go forth and work to overcome violence, selfishness, intolerance and hatred.

“Go, do not be afraid, and serve,” the pope said in his homily.

The Mass was held on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach, where young people from around the world gathered to pray and listen to the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

“The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you. Do not be afraid. Jesus never leaves you alone!” the pontiff said during the closing Mass of the weeklong event.

“It was wonderful to take part in World Youth Day, to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go, now you must pass on this experience to others,” Pope Francis said.

The pontiff said he hoped his message would especially catch on with the young people of Latin America.

“In particular, I would like Christ’s command: ‘Go’ to resonate in you young people from the Church in Latin America, engaged in the continental mission promoted by the Bishops. Brazil, Latin America, the whole world needs Christ!” the pope said.

Pope Francis said the next World Youth Day would take place in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.

Young people from 190 countries took part in World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

The late Pope John Paul II, who served as archbishop of Krakow from 1962 to 1978, created World Youth Day in 1984.

The event has been held in Rome (1985); Buenos Aires (1987); Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1989); Czestochowa, Poland (1991); Denver, Colorado (1993); Manila (1995); Paris (1997); Rome (2000); and Toronto (2002).

Cologne, Germany, hosted the event in 2005, while Sydney, Australia, was the venue in 2008 and Madrid hosted World Youth Day in 2011.

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Leon and Pachuca Tied for Liga MX Lead after Argentine Luduena Scores

Pachuca defeated Tigres 2-1 on the weekend on a goal by Daniel Ludueña from midfield and is now tied with Leon for the Liga MX lead slot in the second week of Mexico’s Apertura 2013 soccer tourney.

Ludueña recovered the ball in his territory just at midfield and from there launched a high shot that went over the head of goalie Palos and hit the twine in the 48th minute of the match being played in the Hidalgo stadium.

The tally broke the 1-1 tie that had prevailed after Pachuca’s Miguel Herrera scored in the 17th minute and Jesus Dueñas answered back for Tigres in the 36th minute.

The win gives Pachuca its second victory so far in the Apertura phase of the season and puts the team in the leadership niche with Leon, immediately followed by Veracruz but with a four-way tie for third place.

Mexican forward Angel Reyna was the star of Veracruz’s win in Atlante’s home stadium on Saturday with three goals in the 18th, 41st and 71st minutes, and Colombian Christian Marrugo added one more in the 4-2 drubbing.

Angel Sepulveda and Alberto Garcia scored for Atlante in the 2nd and 46th minutes and the team now has two losses so far.

Argentina’s Matias Alustiza scored Puebla’s lone goal in the 79th minute against Monterrey but five minutes into extra time Dorlan Pabon answered back for the home team and salvaged a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, Leon defeated Atlas 2-1 on goals by Mauro Boselli and Carlos Peña Rodriguez after Flavio Santos had scored for the visitors 5 minutes into the match. And Chiapas and Guadalajara battled to a 1-1 draw with Angel Zaldivar snatching the win from Chiapas with a goal in extra time.

On Friday, Toluca and Morelia had battled to a 4-3 result, with Jefferson Montero scoring all three goals for the losing squad. And Santos defeated Cruz Azul 3-2, also on Friday, with Oribe Peralta Morones scoring two of the team’s three tallies.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Queretaro blanked the UNAM Pumas 3-0 with Wilberto Cosme scoring two of the goals and Esteban Paredes the third.

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Helena Bodon, Brazil’s “It-Girl”, on Cover of Glamour

Helena Bodon, Brazil’s “It-Girl”, on Cover of Glamour

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One of the Brazilian “It-Girls” with the biggest international reputation at present, according to the fashion press and Web pages, is Helena Bordon.

The 27-year-old model, with the face and body of a princess, has a style that’s in her very blood, given that she is the daughter of Donata Meirelles, for former director of the Daslu luxury store and current style chief for Vogue magazine.

The young woman appears on the cover of the current edition of Glamour magazine, which points to personality as the main determining factor for an “it-girl.”

“What is it that makes a girl an ‘it girl’? Charisma! The quality of enchanting people is the first thing on a list that includes personal style and, in some cases, physical attributes and marvelous clothing,” the magazine said.

“An ‘it-girl’ since she was born, the ‘socialite’ and businesswoman Helenina Bordon turned heads with her wardrobe and her attitude and was surrounded several times by urban style photographers who squeezed in the doors of the Paris fashion shows. She even appeared on the Instagram account of ... The New York Times,” it continued.

The young businesswomen divides her time between the Web page www.helenabordon.com, where she gives fashion, travel and beauty advice, and her work on other activities, like the recently-released jewelry line she created for Luiza Setubal’s LOOL.

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Blog del Narco: Narco Grave With 4 Bodies Found in Ayutla

Blog del Narco: Narco Grave With 4 Bodies Found in Ayutla

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Last night three mass graves were found with four human bodies in the municipality of Ayutla de los Libres, in the Costa Chica region of Guerrero state.  Municipal and state public safety were notified of the discovery. According to the ministerial folder, in the Indian village the bodies of four men were found. Two of the bodies were identified as Israel Reyes Sanchez, age 16, and Jose Luis Reyes Torres, 28. According to information provided by the families of the victims they lived in the community of Los Piloncillos, which is located on the top of the mountain and were reported missing since last November 2012. 

The other two bodies have not yet been identified. Authorities report that the human remains were taken to the mortuary Sarabia, which performed the role of Medical Examiner and later transferred to the port of Acapulco to Semefo facilities. 

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Fernando Alonso, Founder of Cuban National Ballet Dies at 98

Fernando Alonso, Founder of Cuban National Ballet Dies at  98

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Former ballet dancer, professor and founder of the Cuban Ballet School, Fernando Alonso, died in Havana after a life dedicated to dance on the island, state television reported. He was 98.

The cause of death was not released, but state television said Alonso’s funeral activities began on Saturday night and will continue on Sunday in the vestibule of the Cuban National Theater.

Alonso will be buried in Havana’s Colon Cemetery.

He was “the teacher of generations of dancers” in Cuba and worldwide, and the creator of what is known as the “Cuban method or school of ballet for the teaching of classic ballet,” state television said.

Alonso, born in Havana on Dec. 27, 1914, studied ballet under professors such as Mikhail Mordking, Mikhail Fokine and Alexandra Fedorova, and he made his debut in 1937 as a dancer with the Mordking Ballet Company.

In subsequent years, he was hired by the American Ballet Caravan, directed by George Balanchine, the American Ballet Theatre and the Russian Ballet of Monte Carlo (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo).

Alonso, married at the time to Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, in 1948 founded along with her and his brother, Alberto Alonso, the Alicia Alonso Ballet Company, which later would become the Cuban National Ballet, a company he directed until 1975.

In 2000, he was awarded Cuba’s National Dance Prize for lifetime achievement and in 2008 he received the Prix Benois de la Dance, considered to be the Oscar of dance, at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.

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Get the Lead Out: Ojo Con El Plomo In Your Salsa

Get the Lead Out: Ojo Con El Plomo In Your Salsa

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By Jose Gonzalez, NewsTaco

Next time you are going to make some enchiladas with El Pato, careful you may be getting a mouthful of lead as well.

A story from ABC News, in the LA Times, and also noted by the Environmental Health Coalition stated that researchers found high levels of lead in salsa. That is correct: some imported salsas used in our kitchens had traces of lead. Part of how this may have happened is a suspected connection to similar ingredients used to make candy—which in the past has been an issue that led to regulations in California to ban lead-tainted candy.

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JUST IN:  Houston Woman Injured in Spain Train Wreck Dies

JUST IN:  Houston Woman Injured in Spain Train Wreck Dies

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According to the family and KHOU, Myrta Fariza of Houston has died from injuries sustained during the Spanish train wreck in Santiago de Compostela.

The accident, that may have resulted from excessive speeding, had left 78 dead and many others injured.  The train’s driver, Francisco Jose Garzon is currently being held on suspicion of negligent homicide.  The 52-year-old driver admitted to taking a curve with a speed limit of 50 mph at 118 mph. 

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¡Felicidades! Peru on Your 192nd Year of Independence

Peru is celebrating today to commemorate its 192nd-year of independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for over 350 years as they decimated the Inca Empire, introduced smallpox and raided the country’s gold reserves. 

The fight for independence started in 1818 with Jose de San Martin seizing control of certain parts of Lima and declaring partial independent in 1821.  Then Simon Bolivar came to Peru to assist San Martin and liberated the entire country from Spanish rule.

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Mexican Economy to See Boost in Second Half of 2013

Mexican Economy to See Boost in Second Half of 2013

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Mexico’s government expects a “clear acceleration” of the economy in the second half and has no immediate plans to alter its forecast of 3.1 percent growth for this year, Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray said.

“We expect a clear acceleration in the second half and of course in the coming year,” Videgaray told Radio Formula Friday, commenting on the central bank’s latest bulletin.

Banco de Mexico said in the bulletin, released Friday, that “the deceleration that’s been seen in Mexico’s economic activity since the second half of 2012 seemed to have intensified in the second quarter of 2013.”

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Mexico Investigates Case of Minor Humiliated by Government Official

Mexico Investigates Case of Minor Humiliated by Government Official

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Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said it was investigating the case of a Tzotzil Indian boy who was “insulted” by an official in the southeastern state of Tabasco and which has sparked indignation across the country after the airing of a video that captured the incident.

The humiliation of the boy occurred Monday in downtown Villahermosa, capital of Tabasco, when the public servant forced Manuel Diaz to throw the candy he was selling on the ground and then grabbed the kid’s packs of cigarettes with the argument that they were being sold by a minor.

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SundayJuly 28, 2013