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FridayOctober 11, 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.

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9 Guatemalan Police Officers Murdered Over Theft of Cartel Cash

9 Guatemalan Police Officers Murdered Over Theft of Cartel Cash

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The theft of $740,000 in drug money spurred the murder of nine Guatemalan police officers, prosecutors said during the arraignment of the man accused of ordering the slaughter.

Eduardo Villatoro Cano, arrested last week in neighboring Mexico, is the reputed head of a drug trafficking outfit.

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Cuba Opens Tourism Sector to Private Initiatives

Cuba Opens Tourism Sector to Private Initiatives

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Cuba’s state-owned travel agencies and tourist entities will be able to book private lodgings and restaurants, the government said Thursday.

In a resolution published in the Official Gazette, the Tourism Ministry gives the green light for individuals who rent out homes and rooms or operate restaurants, known as “paladares,” to offer their services to the state tourism sector.

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Another Boat with Migrants Capsizes off Italian Coast, 27 Reportedly Dead

Another boat overloaded with migrants has capsized off the Italian coast.  BBC is reporting that Malta authorities are handling rescue operations with victims being transported to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Navy rescue crews reported bodies floating in the water along with the rescue of over 200 immigrants.  AP is reporting at least 27 people perished.  Other reports indicate that at least 10 children were amongst the fatalities in the water, no official count has been given.

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Guatemalan Authorities Rescue 5 Adults, 37 Minors from Trafficking Ring

Guatemalan Authorities Rescue 5 Adults, 37 Minors from Trafficking Ring

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Five adults and 37 minors were rescued from a criminal gang that held them captive and forced them to work long hours for little pay, Guatemalan authorities said Thursday.

The victims were found packed into several homes in two neighborhoods on the southern fringe of Guatemala City, a police spokesman told reporters.

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Mexican President Unveils Assistance Program to Small Businesses Affected by Hurricane

Mexican President Unveils Assistance Program to Small Businesses Affected by Hurricane

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has unveiled a new program to help micro and small enterprises based in regions hit hard last month by two hurricanes.

The program will channel 525 million pesos ($39 million) in assistance to microenterprises based in municipalities declared natural disaster areas, the head of state said in presenting the Economic Reactivation Program for Micro and Small Enterprises.

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Anti-Chemical Weapons Organization Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Work in Syria

Anti-Chemical Weapons Organization Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Work in Syria

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday “for its extensive efforts to eliminate” those arsenals, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

“Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons,” Thorbjørn Jagland, the committee’s chairman, said.

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People en Español Names Jennifer Lopez One of the Most Powerful Latinas

People en Español Names Jennifer Lopez One of the Most Powerful Latinas

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Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez was selected by People en Español magazine to appear on the cover of its issue on the 25 most powerful Latino women in the United States.

Lopez, 44, gave the magazine an interview at her home in Hidden Hills, California, and she provided details about the book she is writing in which she will reveal inside information about her separation from Marc Anthony.

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STUDY:  29.7 Million Latinos are Catholic and Overwhelming Majority Not Born in U.S.

STUDY:  29.7 Million Latinos are Catholic and Overwhelming Majority Not Born in U.S.

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A new study by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has found that in the U.S. 34 percent of all Catholics are Latino or Hispanic.  Some 29.7 million residents who self-identify as Hispanic/Latino are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 59 percent of the 50.5 million Latinos living in the U.S.

The study, conducted by the Center for Applied Research, indicated that the majority of Catholics are non-Hispanic whites (58%) followed by Hispanics.  Native and Asian Americans make up the smallest sector in the Catholic Church, at 1 percent each.

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Shakira Gives Free Concert to Fans in New York

Shakira Gives Free Concert to Fans in New York

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Shakira performed a selection of her hits during a free concert before an estimated 7,500 people at New York’s Bryant Park.

The show was part of the launch of a broad multi-year partnership between the Colombian superstar and cell phone company T-Mobile.

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Prison Brawl Leaves 9 Dead in Brazil

Prison Brawl Leaves 9 Dead in Brazil

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Nine inmates were killed and 20 others injured in a fight between rival gangs at a prison in the northern Brazilian city of São Luis, authorities said Thursday.

The clash at Pedrinhas penitentiary involved jailed members of two drug-trafficking outfits, the Maranhão state government said.

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Spain Celebrating National Day - Commerating Columbus’ Arrival in the Americas

Spain Celebrating National Day - Commerating Columbus’ Arrival in the Americas

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Today all of Spain is celebrating its national holiday ‘La Fiesta Nacional de España,’ commemorating when explorer Christopher Columbus first set foot on the Americas in 1492.  Specifically it honors the day of October 12, 1492 when Columbus set foot in what is now known as the Bahamas, he had been at sea since August 2nd on an expedition funded by the Spanish Crown.

The day also celebrates Spain’s connection to the global Hispanic community.  In 1981, Spain via royal decree established this day as ‘Dia de la Hispanidad.’

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Spain Names Carlos Moya As New Davis Cup Captain

Spain Names Carlos Moya As New Davis Cup Captain

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Carlos Moya, a former world No. 1 and winner of the 1998 French Open, has been named Spain’s Davis Cup captain for the 2014 edition of that international team competition.

The 37-year-old Moya said at his official presentation Thursday at the Superior Sports Council in Madrid that he was counting on the participation of the world’s current top-ranked player, 13-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

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Uruguay to Offer Disabled Tourists More Access to Historic Sites

Uruguay to Offer Disabled Tourists More Access to Historic Sites

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Uruguay has launched an ambitious plan to make its tourist offerings more accessible to the disabled thanks to the support of Spain’s Fundacion ONCE, which on Wednesday participated in this capital in a seminar on the subject.

The Ibero-American Conference on Awareness and Strategic Training on Accessibility in the Tourism Sector was inaugurated by Uruguayan Tourism Minister Liliam Kechichian and Fundacion ONCE representative Enrique Garcia.

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FridayOctober 11, 2013