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SundaySeptember 29, 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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Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa Calls New Novel “Optimistic”

Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa Calls New Novel “Optimistic”

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Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said his latest novel, “El heroe discreto,” reflects on the growth and consolidation of democracy in Peru, making the work his “most optimistic” so far.

The Peruvian writer, who also holds Spanish citizenship, discussed his latest work during an appearance Saturday at the Juan Bravo Theater in Segovia.

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Storms Proving to Have Negative Effect on Mexican Economy

Storms Proving to Have Negative Effect on Mexican Economy

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Mexican Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray acknowledged that the impact of Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel on Mexican territory will affect economic growth, which will drop from the projected 1.8 percent to 1.7 percent.

“This means that if it would have grown by 1.8 percent without Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel, it’s probable that now it will grow by around 1.7 percent,” Videgaray said on Radio Formula.

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King Juan Carlos Recovering “Rapidly” in Madrid

King Juan Carlos Recovering “Rapidly” in Madrid

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Spanish King Juan Carlos’s recovery from hip surgery is “progressing rapidly” and even though he is using a walker, “the quality of his stride has improved markedly,” doctors said Sunday.

The king is in “good spirits” and “clinically stable,” doctors said in the fifth report on the monarch’s recovery.

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How Wendy Davis and Latinos Could Turn Texas Blue, or Not

How Wendy Davis and Latinos Could Turn Texas Blue, or Not

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

The big news out of Texas, “leaked” before it was “ready,” is that Wendy Davis will run for Governor.

Some background: Wendy Davis is Senator Wendy Davis, the Democrat from Fort Worth who pulled off the real filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate some months ago, the filibuster that stalled a strict abortion bill backed by every conservative that works in the capitol in Austin.

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Leg Injury Sidelines Lionel Messi for 2-3 Weeks

Leg Injury Sidelines Lionel Messi for 2-3 Weeks

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FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will be out of action for two to three weeks due to a leg injury, the team said.

Messi was injured during Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Almeria on Saturday.

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Gallery Weekend Brings Contemporary Art to Mexico City

Gallery Weekend Brings Contemporary Art to Mexico City

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Mexico City residents have an opportunity this weekend to learn about contemporary art at Gallery Weekend, organizers said.

The event “seeks to open contemporary art to the public, bolster the contemporary art scene and promote collecting,” Gallery Weekend representative Nora Silva said.

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Venezuela’s “Pelo Malo” Wins Golden Shell at San Sebastian

Venezuela’s “Pelo Malo” Wins Golden Shell at San Sebastian

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The movie “Pelo Malo” (Bad Hair) by Venezuelan director Mariana Rondon was unanimously voted on Saturday as winner of the Golden Shell at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival by a jury presided by film director Todd Haynes.

The Venezuelan, the fourth woman to take the festival’s top honor and the first Latin American woman to do so, repeated “Thank you” four times in the Basque language: “Thank you for choosing this small film I made to escape the anguish of so much intolerance.”

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Chilean Intelligence Director From Pinochet-era Commits Suicide

Chilean Intelligence Director From Pinochet-era Commits Suicide

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Odlanier Mena, former director of Chile’s dictatorship-era National Intelligence Center, or CNI, and one of 10 inmates affected by the decision to close down a special prison for those convicted of human rights violations during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 rule, committed suicide Saturday by shooting himself in the head.

According to police, Mena, 86, took his life at home, where he was spending a weekend furlough.

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Immigration Reform: On Again-Off Again-On Again

Immigration Reform: On Again-Off Again-On Again

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

The on again-off again Comprehensive Immigration Reform seems to be on again, for now.

The last we heard was that CIR was dead in the water. With Syria heating up the world and a battling congress using immigration as a jousting pole, there was a dwindling hope that CIR would be considered in the House of Representatives anytime soon.

Even the brightest optimists folded their pic-nic blankets and ran for cover from the political storm. The timing wasn’t right, the political mood wasn’t the best – 2013 would not be the year.

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FC Barcelona Officially Off to Best La Liga Start in Club History

FC Barcelona Officially Off to Best La Liga Start in Club History

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FC Barcelona defeated lowly Almeria 2-0 on Saturday for its seventh straight win at the start of the 2013-2014 Spanish-league season, a new club record.

A goal by super-striker Lionel Messi, who left the game with a thigh injury in the first half, and another by defenseman Adriano in the second half proved to be enough scoring for the Blaugrana at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos.

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Sandra Echeverria Credits Perseverance For Her Success

Sandra Echeverria Credits Perseverance For Her Success

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Mexican actress Sandra Echeverria says perseverance has been the key to her success in the music business, in Mexican television and cinema and now in Hollywood.

The 28-year-old Echeverria got her breakthrough Hollywood role in Oliver Stone’s 2012 film “Savages,” joining a cast led by John Travolta, Benicio del Toro and Blake Lively, but she said her success in Hollywood has involved a lot of hard work and an ability to handle rejection.

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Expert Discovers Industrial Salt Processing Plant in Ancient Mayan City

Expert Discovers Industrial Salt Processing Plant in Ancient Mayan City

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An industrial salt processing plant of the Maya Preclassic Period in Guatemala, which produced as much as 24,000 tons of salt per year, was discovered at Salinas de los Nueve Cerros (Saltworks of the Nine Hills), one of the most ancient cities of the Mayan civilization, American archaeologist Brent Woodfill said.

The expert said he began his research in 2009, though he added the site was first visited in the late 19th century by German geographer Karl Sapper, who after a brief study returned to his country with part of a sculpture that is today exhibited at Berlin’s Dahlem Museum.

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Spain Donates $1.2 Million to Network of Multimedia Centers in Honduras

Spain Donates $1.2 Million to Network of Multimedia Centers in Honduras

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Spain will contribute $1.2 million to a project that will create the National Network of Multimedia Centers for the socioeconomic development of Honduras, according to an accord signed in Tegucigalpa, diplomatic sources said.

Under the accord, the European country will contribute to the “socioeconomic development of Honduras through projects of this nature,” the trade attache of Spain in the Central American nation, Reyes Sallent, said.

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Mexico Oil Output Slightly Down in 2013

Mexican crude production came in at an average of 2.52 million barrels per day in the first eight months of 2013, down 0.78 percent from the same period of last year, state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos said.

Average oil output in August totaled 2.51 million barrels per day, 1.3 percent more than in July, Pemex said in a statement.

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SundaySeptember 29, 2013