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SaturdayOctober 19, 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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Miguel Herrera to Coach Mexican National Team

Miguel Herrera to Coach Mexican National Team

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Miguel Herrera, who guided the America soccer club to the Liga MX title, was named Friday as provisional coach of Mexico’s troubled national team.

“I have achieved the unconditional support of all of the clubs for Mr. Herrera to qualify us (for the 2014 World Cup). That is the goal,” Mexican soccer federation chief Justino Compean said.

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Anti-Terrorist Operation Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Peru

Anti-Terrorist Operation Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Peru

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One civilian died and four others were wounded in a military anti-terrorist operation conducted in Peru’s main coca-growing valley, the Joint Armed Forces Command, or CCFFAA, said in a communique made public on Thursday.

The document states that intelligence reports were that remnants of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrillas operating in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers - a region known as VRAEM - were planning to attack the Mazangaro counterterrorism base in the central province of Junin.

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Nadal Announces He Will Not Compete at Swiss Indoors

Nadal Announces He Will Not Compete at Swiss Indoors

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal announced Friday on Twitter that he would not be competing in next week’s Swiss Indoors event in Basel, citing the need to rest after a demanding season.

“Hi everyone ... Sorry to announce that I won’t be traveling to Switzerland, for the tournament in Basel, because after these last few very intense weeks I need to look out for my health and physical preparation,” the world No. 1 tweeted.

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Guatemalan Authorities Apprehend Sinaloa Cartel “Operators”

Guatemalan Authorities Apprehend Sinaloa Cartel “Operators”

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Two Guatemalans suspected of working for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel were arrested Friday in the northern province of Peten, a spokesman for Guatemala’s national police said.

Antonio “Toño” Pompa and Wilmar Anavisca, alias “El Chino,” were apprehended by members of the Tecun Uman Task Force and will be flown to the capital later on Friday, Pablo Castillo told reporters.

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Saul Lisazo Returns to Hispanic Television with “El Octavo Mandamiento”

Saul Lisazo Returns to Hispanic Television with “El Octavo Mandamiento”

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Groomed in the world of telenovelas, Saul Lisazo is an actor forever seeking new challenges and who believes that artists of his generation have the experience to enrich Hispanic productions.

Lisazo, who returns this season to U.S. television with the Mundo Fox series “El Octavo Mandamiento” (The Eighth Commandment), said that “the days as a heartthrob are past for the actor over 50, but the United States gives you the chance to do ‘adult’ stories, whether in movies or telenovelas, but always evolving.”

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Mexico’s Private Sector Angered by Junk Food Tax

Mexico’s Private Sector Angered by Junk Food Tax

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Mexico’s private sector railed against the inclusion in a federal tax overhaul bill of a last-minute 5 percent “junk food” levy, which was approved by the lower house finance committee.

“We’re urging legislators, in this process of adding amendments to the proposals, to avoid coming up with last-minute taxes,” the president of the Business Coordinating Council, Gerardo Gutierrez Candiani, said.

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Puerto Rico Reports Record 68,000 Leatherback Turtle Hatchlings

Puerto Rico Reports Record 68,000 Leatherback Turtle Hatchlings

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The beaches of Puerto Rico in 2013 had an all-time record number of 1,390 nests and 68,000 hatchlings of the leatherback turtle, the largest sea turtle in the world and one that is in danger of extinction in the Caribbean.

A spokeswoman of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of the Caribbean island told Efe Thursday that these are the highest figures ever registered since records began to be kept in the mid-1980s.

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Barefoot Indigenous Children Win LatAm Basketball Festival

Barefoot Indigenous Children Win LatAm Basketball Festival

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A group of barefoot indigenous children have given Mexican sports fans a reason to smile with their basketball prowess, taking some of the sting out of the disappointing performance of the national soccer squad in World Cup qualifying.

The team of 11-year-old Trique Indian children from the impoverished southern state of Oaxaca, some of whom play without shoes, won the admiration of their countrymen for their authenticity after claiming first place Monday at the International Festival of Mini-Basketball in the central Argentine city of Cordoba.

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What the Government Shutdown and Hispanic Heritage Month Have in Common

What the Government Shutdown and Hispanic Heritage Month Have in Common

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

I see a suspicious trend. I think the Tea Party may have taken their idea to shut the government down from the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, birther or debt denier, but follow me on this because I think I’m on to something.

First, there’s a striking coincidence: Hispanic Heritage month and the shut down ended on the same week.

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Obama to Name Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security

Obama to Name Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security

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President Barack Obama will name former Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson to replace Janet Napolitano as secretary of Homeland Security, White House officials said Thursday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson, the Pentagon’s top lawyer during Obama’s first term, will replace Napolitano amid the continuing battle to pass immigration reform.

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Colombian Journalist Flees Country in Light of Death Threats

Colombian Journalist Flees Country in Light of Death Threats

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Colombian journalist Gonzalo Guillen had to leave the country after receiving death threats apparently linked with the recent arrest of a provincial governor on murder charges, the Foundation for Freedom of the Press, or FLIP, said Thursday.

Colombia’s interior ministry had revealed in September that it had “very precise and sensitive” information about a plan to murder Guillen and fellow reporters Leon Valencia, Ariel Avila and Claudia Lopez, who had exposed the connections of La Guajira Gov. Jose Francisco “Kiko” Gomez Cercha with paramilitaries.

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Chilean Students March in Santiago Ahead of Elections

Chilean Students March in Santiago Ahead of Elections

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Thousands of students marched in the capital on Thursday to demand changes to the education system and a bigger say in decision-making a month before Chileans go to the polls to choose a new president and Congress.

The sixth major student demonstration of 2013 was largely peaceful, marred only by clashes between police and small group of hooded militants.

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Evo Morales Cancels His Attendance at Ibero-American Summit

Evo Morales Cancels His Attendance at Ibero-American Summit

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Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday cancelled his attendance at the Ibero-American Summit in Panama citing “unavoidable commitments,” Bolivia’s communications minister told Efe.

Morales decided not attend the summit because of his “overloaded work agenda” and called a special Cabinet meeting for Friday, Amanda Davila said.

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Brazilian Government Defends Controversial Auction of Largest Oil Field

Brazil’s finance minister defended the planned Oct. 21 auction of the nation’s largest oil field amid criticism from unions, saying it would pave the way for a huge influx of investment in the economy.

It will be very important as the “first step to attracting a volume of investment greater than $180 billion” in the coming years, Guido Mantega said Thursday of the upcoming auction in the largest pre-salt field, Libra.

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SaturdayOctober 19, 2013