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SaturdaySeptember 7, 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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Mexico Sacks Head Coach Following World Cup Qualifier Loss

Mexico Sacks Head Coach Following World Cup Qualifier Loss

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Jose Manuel de la Torre is out as head coach of Mexico’s national soccer team after the squad’s latest disappointing result, a 2-1 loss at home to Honduras in World Cup qualifying.

Mexico’s soccer federation said its president, Justino Compean, made the decision Saturday and immediately named De la Torre’s top assistant, Luis Fernando Tena, as his replacement.

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REPORT:  Bruno Mars to be 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Entertainment

REPORT:  Bruno Mars to be 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Entertainment

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Reports are coming out that Bruno Mars will be the 2014 Super Bowl halftime entertainment.  The reports from AP are coming ahead of the official announcement on Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVIII is set for February 2 at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.  It is one of the most watched events on television garneting more than 100 million viewers. 

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Russian Social Network Looking to Surpass Facebook in Latin America

Russian social-networking Web site VK aims to displace Facebook as the Peruvians’ favorite in the medium term as a first step toward establishing its presence throughout the Latin American market, its representatives said.

In a statement on the elcomercio.pe portal, the corporate vice president of VK, Ilya Perekopsky, said that to meet their goals they intend to win 2 million Peruvian users by 2015.

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J.Lo to Star in Blum Thriller “The Boy Next Door”

J.Lo to Star in Blum Thriller “The Boy Next Door”

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Jennifer Lopez will star in an upcoming Jason Blum-produced thriller titled “The Boy Next Door,” in which a divorced mother gets in hot water after embarking on an affair with a teenage neighbor, Variety reported.

Filmmaker Rob Cohen, best known for “xXx” and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” is in talks to direct the picture, whose script was written by Barbara Curry.

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Madrid Loses Bid for 2020 Olympics, Tokyo Will Host

Madrid, Spain and Istanbul have lost out on the 2020 Olympics with Tokyo chosen as the host city.  In a secret vote earlier this afternoon in Buenos Aires, Argentine the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected Tokyo.

Spain’s Prime Minister made a final pitch to the IOC noting the country’s economic recovery and stability as key factors as to why Madrid should be selected.  He also highlighted what many believed was the country’s strength and that is its strong tourism numbers.  58 million tourists visited the country last year up nearly 4 percent from last year.

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Honduras Upsets Mexico 2-1 in World Cup Qualifier

Honduras Upsets Mexico 2-1 in World Cup Qualifier

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Honduras pulled off a major upset of Mexico in World Cup qualifying, stunning El Tri 2-1 at Estadio Azteca to improve its chances of securing an automatic berth in Brazil.

The loss, meanwhile, deepened the crisis for Mexico’s national soccer squad, which is in desperate need of wins heading into its final three games of regional qualifying.

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Pope Francis Discuss Inequality, Poverty with Bolivian President

Pope Francis Discuss Inequality, Poverty with Bolivian President

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Pope Francis and Bolivian President Evo Morales discussed in the Vatican City the importance of the fight against social inequalities and poverty, the Vatican said in a statement.

The two men expressed their agreement on “the importance of good relations between the ecclesiastical community and the state, above all on subjects of common interest for the good of the nation,” the statement added.

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Nostalgia for Cuba’s Past, A Difference of Generations

Nostalgia for Cuba’s Past, A Difference of Generations

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By Jorge E. Ponce, NewsTaco

A Cuban-American friend of mine recently e-mailed me a PowerPoint presentation containing slides of pre-1959 Cuba. To put you in the right frame of mind, it came with a soundtrack from that era.  I had just finished a book that another friend gave me, Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements.”  This is not the first time that I have received these e-mails.  In fact, there is vibrant cottage industry that generates similar presentations ad nauseam.

Considering that Don Miguel’s book provides a formula to live a happy life by adjusting our reactions to outside stimuli, I thought it was appropriate to assess the state of mind that the Cuban slide presentation tried to recreate.

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Spaniard at Helm when $20 Million in Coke Found on Luxury Sailboat Outside Boston

A Spanish national has been arrested for being at the helm of a luxury 49-foot sailboat that was carrying $20 million worth of cocaine outside of Boston.

According to AP the U.S. Coast Guard stopped the 49-foot sailboat “Elegance” with 49-year-old Spaniard Benjamin Celma-Sedo and 27-year-old Canadian Hicham Ramzi Nahra aboard.  The stop and seizure occurred earlier this week on international waters some 460 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  The Coast Guard asked the Canadian government for permission to board the boat.

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G-20 Summit Helps Spain, Britain Move Towards Gibraltar Dialogue

G-20 Summit Helps Spain, Britain Move Towards Gibraltar Dialogue

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday that his meetings here with British counterpart David Cameron “have laid the foundation for a dialogue” to address recent bilateral frictions over Gibraltar.

The “personal connection is good” and the two conversations the leaders had on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg “have been useful,” the Spaniard told reporters at the conclusion of the international conclave.

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Mexican Singer, Composer Reyli Barba Rages Against Cops When Arrested for Coke, Pot & Drinking

Mexican singer, composer Reyli Barba, 48, has been arrested in Mexicali after a violent confrontation with police who were investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle.

Friday morning around 8:30 am an auto supply store called police to investigate a car with an unidentified man they believed was smoking marijuana.  When police arrived and questioned Barba he became violent and verbally abusive to the officers.  Reportedly he struck two of the police officers one of which was a woman.

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Alejandro Sanz , Jesse & Joy Perform at Latin Grammy Acoustic Session

Alejandro Sanz , Jesse & Joy Perform at Latin Grammy Acoustic Session

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Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz and the Mexican duo Jesse & Joy gave an intimate concert in Mexico City for an audience of some 200 as part of the Latin Grammy Acoustic Sessions.

The brother-and-sister duo sang numbers from their latest album “Quien Se Queda con el Perro?” as well as songs from previous discs.

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Obama Must Respond to Spying Accusation If Rousseff to Visit U.S.

Obama Must Respond to Spying Accusation If Rousseff to Visit U.S.

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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said Friday that whether she makes a planned state visit to Washington next month depends on Barack Obama’s response to revelations the United States monitored her communications.

The U.S. president “committed himself to responding to the Brazilian government before next Wednesday,” Rousseff told the media at the conclusion of the G-20 economic summit in St. Petersburg.

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Florida Backs Off Bid to Bar Public Contracts for Firms With Cuba Ties

Florida Backs Off Bid to Bar Public Contracts for Firms With Cuba Ties

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Florida authorities have decided not to enforce a law that bans the state and local governments from hiring companies that have business ties with Cuba, The Miami Herald reported.

The Florida Department of Transportation has opted not to appeal the June decision by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a district judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

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¡Felicidades! Brazil on Your 191st Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Brazil on Your 191st Year of Independence

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Today, all of Brazil is celebrating and rejoicing its 191-year-old independence from the Portuguese and is often called Sete de Setemebro. The Portuguese arrived in 1532 and stayed for close to 300 years, as it colonized the region and colonized native populations.  The fight for independence started in 1820, when Dom Pedro stood up against the Portuguese who wanted Brazil to remain a colony. 

On September 7, 1822, after receiving orders from the Portuguese parliament limiting his powers in Brazil, Pedro declared Brazil’s independence, near the Ipiranga River by declaring “By my blood, by my honor and by God: I will make Brazil free.” 

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Uruguayan Fashion Designer Gabriela Perezutti is Inspired by Nautical Life

Uruguayan Fashion Designer Gabriela Perezutti is Inspired by Nautical Life

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Uruguayan Gabriela Perezutti is the first Latino designer to show her 2014 Spring/Summer creations on the Fashion Week runway that began this week in New York, marked by Argentina’s return to this important event.

The designer’s message seems to be that the woman who enjoys a cruise at sea or vacations on the beach can be wonderfully comfortable and still look elegant.

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Mexico Recovers 3 Archaeological Items From University of Miami

Mexico Recovers 3 Archaeological Items From University of Miami

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The Mexican government announced the recovery of three “unique and irreplaceable” archaeological items that it had requested from the museum at the University of Miami because they had been “illicitly removed” from Mexico.

Among the pieces were “Serpent Head,” a basalt sculpture attributed to the 900 A.D.-1200 A.D. period of the Mesoamerican Central Highlands cultural region, and which measures 39.3 by 85 centimeters (15 by 34 inches).

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SaturdaySeptember 7, 2013