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ThursdayOctober 24, 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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Vicente Fox Calls Out Felipe Calderon Over Mexico’s Drug War

Vicente Fox Calls Out Felipe Calderon Over Mexico’s Drug War

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Legalization of drugs would end the gangland violence that has cost tens of thousands of lives in Mexico, former President Vicente Fox said, blaming successor Felipe Calderon for the carnage.

Calderon “does have something to hide: 80,000 deaths in his (2006-2012) administration,” Fox told the Spanish publication Que when asked about his successor’s call for Mexico to formally protest U.S. spying on Mexican officials.

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Nearly 1 Ton of Cocaine Confiscated in Guatemala

Guatemalan security forces confiscated almost a ton of cocaine during an operation in the Caribbean coastal province of Izabal, authorities said Wednesday.

The shipment, which - preliminary reports indicate - totals 975 kilos (2,147 lbs.), was found Tuesday night in a truck that apparently began its journey in Colombia, sources with the Attorney General’s Office told radio stations.

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Mexican Teen Murdered Over Cellphone Shocks Authorities

Mexican Teen Murdered Over Cellphone Shocks Authorities

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Authorities in the Mexican capital expressed indignation Wednesday about the killing of a 15-year-old boy who refused to hand over his cellphone to an assailant.

“It is a deed that really shocks and outrages,” Maricela Contreras, chief of the Mexico City borough of Tlalpan, told MVS radio.

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Growing Hispanic Presence in Catholic Church Seen as Blessing, Challenge

Growing Hispanic Presence in Catholic Church Seen as Blessing, Challenge

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The fact that Spanish-speaking and Latino Catholics are fast becoming a major segment—already about one-third—of the Catholic population in the U.S. wasn’t lost on a range of Catholic Hispanic leadership gathered Oct. 17-20 for a regional encounter.

“This growth is a blessing, but also it comes with a lot of challenges: We need to find a way to integrate the Hispanic community in fullness into the life of the church in the United States,” said Gustavo Valdez, a director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., which encompasses the entire state of South Carolina.

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On Immigration, the Issue is with The House GOP, Not President Obama

On Immigration, the Issue is with The House GOP, Not President Obama

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The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, in response to the President’s speech on immigration. Mr. Sharry was in attendance at the White House for the President’s remarks:

President Obama’s speech on immigration today presented a clear rationale for why passing immigration reform is in the nation’s interest and achievable this year.

Despite the common-sense nature of the President’s remarks on immigration, today and in the past, every time President Obama engages on the issue of immigration, it leads to a round of analysis about whether his involvement helps or hurts the reform effort.  So let me be clear: President Obama is not the issue.  House Republicans, and their inability to get anything done, is the real issue. The votes exist today to pass reform in the House. Republicans talk a good game, but we have not seen one piece of bi-partisan legislation put forward by the GOP. They will need democratic votes, and nowhere is that reality expressed in a real bill. As such, this is all about the House GOP.

The President’s more visible involvement doesn’t’ make this issue more partisan; it is a simple fact that the House needs to start voting on things the American people want achieved.  On immigration and many other issues.

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Guatemala Offers Amnesty to Ex-Dictator

Guatemala Offers Amnesty to Ex-Dictator

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Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has opened the door to amnesty for former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, a judicial spokesman told Efe Wednesday.

The ruling was issued Tuesday, but has not been made public pending formal notification of the parties, the spokesman said.

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Luis Miguel Demands Villa, Yacht, Helicopter for Stay in DR

Luis Miguel Demands Villa, Yacht, Helicopter for Stay in DR

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Mexican singer Luis Miguel, who will begin his Latin American tour in the Dominican Republic, has instructed his promoter to provide him with a helicopter, private chef and other luxuries during his six-day stay in the country, it was reported Wednesday.

“El Sol de Mexico,” who is scheduled to arrive in the Caribbean nation on Oct. 30, also requested that a villa and a yacht be provided for him in Casa de Campo, a seaside resort located 110 kilometers (68 miles) east of this capital.

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Mexican Boxer Francisco Javier “Frankie” Leal Dies of Brain Injury

Mexican Boxer Francisco Javier “Frankie” Leal Dies of Brain Injury

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Boxer Francisco Javier “Frankie” Leal died in the United States of a brain injury suffered during a bout last weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, his promoters said. He was 26.

The Mexican received emergency medical treatment in the ring after being knocked out by countryman Raul Hirales in the eighth round of Saturday’s fight in Baja California Sur state.

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Protests in Dominican Republic Turn Deadly

Protests in Dominican Republic Turn Deadly

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A man died Wednesday after being shot twice in the head during protests in the northern Dominican Republic, bringing to four the number of fatalities during the clashes.

The latest person to lose his life is Wilson Daniel Camilo Escaño, who was shot in the municipality of San Francisco de Macoris, the scene on Tuesday of the confrontations.

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ThursdayOctober 24, 2013