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SundayNovember 3, 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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3 Mexican Universities Hope to Entice Chinese Students to Study Abroad

3 Mexican Universities Hope to Entice Chinese Students to Study Abroad

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Three Mexican universities are participating in the China Education Expo, where higher education institutions from about 30 countries are competing to attract students from China eager to learn languages and study abroad.

The Universidad de Colima, Universidad Veracruzana and Universidad de las Americas Puebla sent representatives to the expo, which is being held at its largest venue ever, the China Exhibition Center, located near the Olympic zone.

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Argentine Tennis Star del Potro Robbed in Paris

Argentine Tennis Star del Potro Robbed in Paris

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Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro was robbed in Paris of a briefcase containing his passport, money and personal effects, including a rosary blessed by Pope Francis, the player’s media representative, Jorge Viale, told Efe.

Del Potro was robbed around 11:00 a.m. Saturday as he waited to board the Eurostar train to London, where the eight-man, season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals gets underway on Monday.

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Colombia’s Magdalena River to Undergo $1 Billion Restoration

Colombia’s Magdalena River to Undergo $1 Billion Restoration

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The government plans to spend 2.2 trillion pesos (about $1 billion) on the restoration of the Magdalena River, Colombia’s most important waterway, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Bidding on the Magdalena River Navigation Recovery Program is expected to take place before the end of the year under the private-public partnership system, the president said.

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85-Year-Old Lucho Gatica Prepares for Last Bolero

85-Year-Old Lucho Gatica Prepares for Last Bolero

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Chile’s Lucho Gatica doesn’t fear death because, as he himself says, he has done all he had to do in this world, including getting married three times, being the dad of seven kids and publishing more than 1,000 discs. But in his 85th year he is still looking for a bolero for his final adieu.

It will “most probably” be a bitter song, he said in an interview with Efe in Los Angeles, because those are the ones, written between pain and nostalgia, that in his opinion leave the best taste.

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Town Hall in Central Mexico Burned After Teen Gunned Down by Police

Town Hall in Central Mexico Burned After Teen Gunned Down by Police

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Residents of the central Mexican town of Huehuetoca attacked and burned the city hall of that municipality early Saturday, hours after a 14-year-old youth was killed by gunshots allegedly fired by municipal police, local media reported Saturday.

When questioned by Efe, neither the Mexico state Attorney General’s Office, nor the State Security Agency, nor ASE, provided any details of what happened, which in turn led to an investigation that is now underway.

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Cuba Sends 3,000 Doctors to Aid Remote Brazilians

Cuba Sends 3,000 Doctors to Aid Remote Brazilians

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Some 3,000 Cuban doctors will be on their way to Brazil starting Monday to join the 2,400 already participating in a government program to recruit foreign professionals to provide medical services in some of the poorest, most remote regions of the country, authorities said Saturday.

This is the third group of Cuban doctors to join Brazil’s “Mas Medicos” (More Doctors) program following the 400 pioneers who arrived a little more than a month ago and the 2,000 who were sent last Sunday, in a special operation of the Brazilian air force, to the places where they will practice.

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Projections Show Puerto Rico’s Economy to Shrink This Fiscal Year

Projections Show Puerto Rico’s Economy to Shrink This Fiscal Year

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Puerto Rico’s economy is projected to contract by 0.8 percent in the current fiscal year, which runs from July 2013 to June 2014, the government said.

The Puerto Rico Planning Board had initially projected growth of 0.2 percent, but said Friday that “uncertainty created by fiscal policies and different external circumstances” had caused it to reverse that initial forecast.

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We’re Slowly Making a Mockery of Day of the Dead…

We’re Slowly Making a Mockery of Day of the Dead…

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

My favorite place on Día de los Muertos is San Fernando Cemetery, in San Antonio, Texas. I find time to steal away, and I visit my grandparents’ grave.

My ritual is simple: I light a cigar (the one time of the year that I smoke) and catch them up on the year that just passed. My grandfather loved cigars, so I smoke one for him, the more expensive the better. He wouldn’t be impressed, in fact he’d probably gasp at the cost, but it makes me feel better for trying.

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¡Felicidades! Panama on Your 110th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Panama on Your 110th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Panama is celebrating and rejoicing its 110-year old independence commemorating its separation from Colombia and when Panama earlier in its history broke away from Spain. 

The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations.  Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia.  With U.S. backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 on November 3rd.

Panama has always been critical to trade routes with its Panal Canal built by the U.S. back in 1904.  The country has bragging rights as the third largest economy in Central America thanks in great part to canal tariffs.  The country also enjoys one of the largest rainforest in the world and a large biodiverse region.

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry sent their congratulations to the people of Panama:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the Panamanian people as you mark the 110th anniversary of your nation’s independence on November 3.

From beautiful pollera skirts to rich biodiversity, Panama offers countless treasures, both natural and cultural, to the region and the world.

For more than 100 years, the Republic of Panama and the United States have worked together to increase opportunities for all people. Our long-standing friendship is rooted in shared values and shared aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous future. The U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement will ensure that future through expanded economic opportunities for both our nations and the world.

We look forward to the continued efficient and safe flow of goods through the Panama Canal as the expansion project moves forward and we approach its 100th anniversary next year.

As you celebrate this special occasion with family and friends, I wish the people of Panama a safe and joyous Independence Day.

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Report Says Internet Usage Growing at Faster Rate Than Economic Growth in LatAm

Report Says Internet Usage Growing at Faster Rate Than Economic Growth in LatAm

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Use of the Internet as a source of entertainment and information in Latin America is going a lot faster than economic growth, though countries like Nicaragua and Honduras “have practically never gone online,” according to a report released by the Latinobarometro polling firm.

Some 85 percent of South America’s population and 84 percent of Central America’s have mobile phones,” the study made available to the media this Friday said.

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Spain’s Queen Sofia Turns 75

Spain’s Queen Sofia Turns 75

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Spain’s Queen Sofia turned 75 on Saturday, a significant milestone that comes at a time when she has stepped up her public activities without neglecting her duties to the royal family.

It also comes as her husband, King Juan Carlos, also 75, is convalescing after his most recent hip operation.

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Fox Launches New Channel For Hispanics Titled Fox Life

Fox Launches New Channel For Hispanics Titled Fox Life

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Fox International Channels presented its new lifestyle channel Fox Life, which will broadcast entirely in Spanish for the U.S. Hispanic market.

“Fox Life is an evolution of our Utilisima channel, which beginning Monday, Nov. 4, will get a name change. The new project, especially conceived for the Hispanic target of the United States, will enable us to expand our offer of lifestyle content,” the chief content officer at FIC for Latin America and U.S Hispanics, Gonzalo Fiure, told Efe.

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Mexico, Cuba Sign Multiple Cooperation Agreements

Mexico, Cuba Sign Multiple Cooperation Agreements

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The Mexican and Cuban governments signed eight cooperation agreements in different areas including tourism, trade, education and the environment, authorities said.

“What we’ve done today (Friday) I think has been to revive, strengthen, continue. We signed a series of legal instruments that are undoubtedly very important,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at the close of a keynote address he gave here at the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat, where he answered a question about the bilateral accords.

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Thousands of Teachers Protest Planned Pension Overhaul in Puerto Rico

Thousands of Teachers Protest Planned Pension Overhaul in Puerto Rico

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Thousands of teachers gathered in San Juan on Friday to protest the Puerto Rican government’s plan to overhaul their pension system.

Holding up placards with slogans such as “Don’t toy with my retirement,” the teachers marched from the capitol to the Fortaleza, seat of the executive.

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SundayNovember 3, 2013