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SundayNovember 17, 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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Americas Latino Festival Asks Hispanics to Back Environmentalist Cause

Americas Latino Festival Asks Hispanics to Back Environmentalist Cause

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Under the slogan “Uniting diverse communities for a sustainable future,” dozens of Hispanic artists, entrepreneurs and educators of the United States and the rest of the hemisphere will take part over the next three days in the Americas Latino Festival, which, starting Saturday, will be held simultaneously in Denver and Boulder, Colorado.

“This festival is an educational project to build communities through a growing network of alliances and cooperation at the international, national and local levels,” the executive director of the festival, Irene Vilar, said Saturday during the inauguration ceremony at the Boulder Public Library.

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Mexican Police Discover 20 Bodies While Searching for Kidnapped Cops

Mexican Police Discover 20 Bodies While Searching for Kidnapped Cops

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Authorities found the remains of 20 people distributed among eight clandestine graves while they were searching for two federal police who went missing earlier this month in the western state of Michoacan, sources in the Mexican Attorney General’s Office told Efe.

Neither of the missing agents is among the dead, the sources said.

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Telenovela Villain Karla Alvarez Dies, Age 41

Telenovela Villain Karla Alvarez Dies, Age 41

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Mexican actress Karla Alvarez, who was cast in a number of telenovelas with such celebrities as Thalia, was found dead, though for the moment the cause of death remains unknown, according to local media. She was 41.

Alvarez, considered one of the biggest villains on Mexican TV, was found lifeless Friday in her apartment in the Mexican capital, according to the Televisa network where the actress worked.

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Guatemala’s Ambitious Project to Help Correct Climate Change

Guatemala’s Ambitious Project to Help Correct Climate Change

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An ambitious agroforestry project to be developed over the next 20 years in a Guatemalan reserve for protecting water springs, seeks to capture 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) to help correct climate change on the planet.

The program defines its goals as agroforestry and woodland restoration for ecological connectivity, poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation on Cerro San Gil, a mountain in the Caribbean province of Izabal.

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China Considers Importing Berries from Mexico

China Considers Importing Berries from Mexico

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A mission of Chinese technicians will visit Mexico to certify the cultivation, packing and food-safety characteristics of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries with a view to importing those fruit from the Latin American country, Mexican authorities said.

The Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Secretariat confirmed that the inspection would take place but did not provide a precise date.

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Ecuador Seeks to Improve Public Sector Management with IDB Support

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced the approval of a $270 million loan to Ecuador to improve the ability of public agencies to provide quality services to citizens.

The country has made significant progress in public administration in recent years, resulting in improved profiles for public employees and better financial management of public administration, among other achievements.

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Actress Lis Vega Says She Misses Mexico and Her Heart is Divided

Actress Lis Vega Says She Misses Mexico and Her Heart is Divided

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Cuban-Mexican actress and singer Lis Vega told Efe that she misses Mexico, though she also adores the Caribbean atmosphere of Miami where she is currently based, and consequently has her heart divided.

“I love being with my Caribbean people here in Miami, but I confess I miss Mexico and my fans there, so I feel my heart is in both places at once,” Vega told Efe in a telephone interview.

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UNESCO Recognizes Documents on the History of the Mapuche People

UNESCO Recognizes Documents on the History of the Mapuche People

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The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme’s Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (MOWLAC) has recognised the “Set of Documents from the Indigenous Settlement Commission, Law 4 of December 1866” as a Regional Memory of the World Register.

These documents are preserved in Chile at the General Indigenous Affairs Archives, and they belong to the Corporación Nacional de Desarrollo Indígena de Chile (CONADI, the Chilean National Foundation for Indigenous Development).

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Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira Out for 6 Months Following Injury

Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira Out for 6 Months Following Injury

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Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is expected to be out for six months after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for Germany in an international friendly in Milan.

Sources with the German national soccer team said Saturday that the 26-year-old star tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday night during a match against Italy, a contest that ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Ecuador Asks Dutch Arbitration Court to Dismiss Chevron Case

Ecuador has asked an arbitration court in the Netherlands to dismiss a case brought against it by U.S. oil supermajor Chevron Corp., which is fighting attempts by plaintiffs in the South American nation to collect on a multi-billion-dollar pollution judgment.

Chevron, meanwhile, says it will continue to pursue its lawsuit and called on Ecuador to comply with prior rulings in the case by The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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Ex-Miss Universe Alicia Machado to Relaunch Musical Career

Ex-Miss Universe Alicia Machado to Relaunch Musical Career

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Venezuelan actress and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado is singing again and her new single, “Incomprendida,” goes on sale Dec. 6, a tie-in with her 37th birthday.

Machado announced the launch of her song and said the place to buy it is on her official Web site.

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Immigration Activists Go on Hunger Strike Outside of U.S. Capitol

Immigration Activists Go on Hunger Strike Outside of U.S. Capitol

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Five activists are four days into a hunger strike at a camp set up near the U.S. Capitol to put pressure on legislators to pass immigration reform in the United States.

Meanwhile others around the country are joining in - activists are also mounting hunger strikes in New York, Philadelphia and Fresno, California, according to the coalition of groups calling for reform.

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U.S. No Longer Deporting Undocumented Family Members of Military Personnel

U.S. No Longer Deporting Undocumented Family Members of Military Personnel

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security formalized Friday a temporary permit for undocumented immigrants to remain in the country if they are the direct family of military personnel on active duty, reservists or veterans.

The permit, known as “parole in place,” has been awarded since 2010 when it was approved by then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Friday’s announcement made the procedure official.

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Arizona Businesses Looking to Entice More Mexican Consumers

Arizona Businesses Looking to Entice More Mexican Consumers

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Businesses in Tucson are preparing to attract Mexican visitors during the Christmas shopping season.

“The Mexican visitor is a very important part of our economy, especially for cities near the border like Tucson,” Felipe Garcia, executive vice president of the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, told Efe.

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SundayNovember 17, 2013