1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to secondary content



SaturdayAugust 31, 2013

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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.

Read More


Officials Say Mexican Train Derailment Caused by Theft of Track Parts

Officials Say Mexican Train Derailment Caused by Theft of Track Parts

Photo: La Bestia derailment

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The theft of a metal bar used to link two rails caused the train crash last weekend in the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco that left 12 dead, the Communications and Transportation Secretariat said.

The secretariat said in a statement Friday that specialized technicians with Ferrocarril del Istmo de Tehuantepec, the operator of the railway line, made that determination.

Between July 2011 and June 2013, that company reported 11 instances of theft of railway parts in the municipality of Huimanguillo, where the derailment occurred last weekend, the secretariat said.

Read more by HS News Staff →

80 Undocumented Migrants Arrested in Mexico

Mexican authorities detained 80 undocumented migrants, most of them from Central America, in three separate operations, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said.

The migrants, 47 Guatemalans, 22 Hondurans, eight Ecuadorians and three Salvadorans, were intercepted during routine inspections of buses and in an operation to combat people trafficking in three states, according to the agency.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Swimmer Diana Nyad Makes Fifth Attempt at Crossing Florida Straits

Swimmer Diana Nyad Makes Fifth Attempt at Crossing Florida Straits

Photo: Diana Nyad

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

American swimmer Diana Nyad jumped in the sea at Havana Saturday to make her fifth attempt to swim across the Florida Straits, this time in an effort expected to take 80 hours without an anti-shark cage and with better protection against jellyfish.

Nyad, 64, set out Saturday on her latest adventure from the Ernest Hemingway International Nautical Club in the Cuban capital at 9:00 a.m. accompanied by a support team of 39 professionals including divers, doctors, mariners and other assistants.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Vicente Fernandez Leaves Hospital Following Pulmonary Embolism Scare

Vicente Fernandez Leaves Hospital Following Pulmonary Embolism Scare

Photo: Vicente Fernandez

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez left hospital after spending three days under observation because of a pulmonary embolism, sources close to the artist told Efe.

At 3:00 p.m. Friday, the 73-year-old idol of ranchera music left hospital in the city of Guadalajara in the western state of Jalisco.

“The charro of Huentitan” emerged accompanied by his wife Maria del Refugio Abarca and their sons Gerardo and Vicente, and immediately left the area in an SUV and drove to their ranch.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Mariano Rajoy Says Tax Cuts, Economic Growth on the Horizon

Mariano Rajoy Says Tax Cuts, Economic Growth on the Horizon

Photo: Mariano Rajoy

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday his government would announce plans to cut taxes within a year and predicted that the Spanish economy was “on the cusp” of growth.

Speaking at a political rally in this northwestern city, the premier forecast that the country’s economic situation would improve sufficiently to enable his administration to lower taxes, though he did not provide specifics.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Gael Garcia Bernal to Depict Undocumented Immigrant in New Film

Gael Garcia Bernal to Depict Undocumented Immigrant in New Film

Photo: Gael Garcia Bernal

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Actor Gael Garcia Bernal will star in the next Jonas Cuaron movie, in which he will play an undocumented Mexican immigrant trying to enter the United States illegally, Deadline Hollywood said.

The film will be called “Desierto” (Desert) and will be produced by Esperanto Kino, Itaca Films, BN Films and Canana Productions, of which Garcia Bernal is co-owner.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Venezuelan Government Admits “Difficulties” in Hospitals

Venezuelan Government Admits “Difficulties” in Hospitals

Photo: Venezuelan hospital

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Venezuela’s health minister acknowledged Friday that there are “difficulties” in the nation’s hospitals following the complaints of medical personnel and patients over the past few weeks about the lack of resources.

“Of course there are difficulties in hospitals, undoubtedly, but the difficulties are handled by working up different plans for the different levels of treatment, and, just like anywhere else in the world, we have to start with the first stage of treatment,” Isabel Iturria told reporters.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Colombia’s Santos Breaks Off Talks with Disgruntled Farmers

Colombia’s Santos Breaks Off Talks with Disgruntled Farmers

Photo: Juan Manuel Santos

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday instructed Cabinet ministers who have held four days of talks aimed at ending a general strike in the agricultural sector to break off negotiations with farm leaders, citing the impossibility of reaching an agreement.

“Our patience has run out,” the president said in a nationwide address.

“Unfortunately, despite the effort that was made, despite the concrete proposals and the time devoted, the only response has been to constantly postpone an accord. Because they don’t want an agreement, or perhaps because they’re not being allowed” to pursue one, the president said.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Parents of Latina Former San Antonio City Councilwoman Respond to Intolerance

Parents of Latina Former San Antonio City Councilwoman Respond to Intolerance

Photo: Elisa Chan and Leticia Ozuna

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

A storm of controversy has settled over San Antonio, Texas, concerning the expansion of the City’s anti-discrimination ordinance. The expansion proposes the inclusion of LGBT persons under the ordinance’s protective umbrella.

In the midst of a loud and contentious debate one City Councilwoman, Elisa Chan, was surreptitiously recorded by a staff member during a City Hall meeting. In the recording Chan is heard to make disparaging remarks against homosexuals, at one point calling homosexuality “disgusting” and saying that homosexuals should not be permitted to adopt children.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Giant Panda Gives Birth at Madrid Zoo

Giant Panda Gives Birth at Madrid Zoo

Photo: Baby Panda

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Hua Zui Ba, the female giant panda at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium, had a cub in the wee hours Friday that is now under the constant care of technicians and veterinarians.

This is the fourth cub of the species to be born at the Madrid zoo after Chulin in 1982, and the twins Po and De in 2010, also offspring of Hua, that are now at the Chinese reserve of Chengdu.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Rita Moreno Hopes to See More Latino Actors in Starring Roles

Rita Moreno Hopes to See More Latino Actors in Starring Roles

Photo: Rita Moreno (PBS)

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno said on her native island that she expects Hollywood moviemakers to offer more starring roles to Hispanic actors, just as it does to artists from other parts of the world.

Moreno, 81, said during a showing of the documentary “Latino Americans,” in which she participated, that racial discrimination is still a problem in the mecca of American movies, though not as much as it was decades ago.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Tamayo Exhibition Showcases Artist’s Early Paintings

The exhibition entitled “Construyendo Tamayo, 1922-1937,” which opened here this week at the museum that bears his name, aims to show the first works of this Mexican artist who became one of his nation’s preeminent muralists.

“With these works we see how he came to be what he was, and what things he left aside to become the Tamayo with a capital T, as he constructed a more mature, richer, and even a more commercial identity,” the exhibition’s curator Karen Cordero told Efe.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Mexican Train Derailment’s Death Toll Reaches 12

Mexican Train Derailment’s Death Toll Reaches 12

Photo: Train derailment in Mexico

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

The discovery of another body brought to 12 the number of people confirmed dead after last weekend’s train derailment in the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco.

Seven of the fatalities have been identified as undocumented Honduran migrants who hopped aboard the northbound freight train known as “La Bestia” (The Beast).

Read more by HS News Staff →

Police Use Tear Gas, Water Cannon to Break Up Protest in Colombia

Police Use Tear Gas, Water Cannon to Break Up Protest in Colombia

Photo: Protests in Colombia

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Colombian police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a demonstration in Bogota Thursday in solidarity with a nationwide general strike in the agricultural sector.

Thousands of students, healthcare and oil sector workers, truckers and other activists converged in Bogota’s Bolivar Square to show support for the farmers.

Riot police charged the protesters to subdue small groups of masked militants who were throwing stones at shops and banks branches in the downtown area.

Read more by HS News Staff →



SaturdayAugust 31, 2013