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WednesdayNovember 27, 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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Nicaragua Allows U.S., Russian Anti-Drug Operations in Territorial Waters

Nicaragua Allows U.S., Russian Anti-Drug Operations in Territorial Waters

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Nicaragua’s congress authorized Tuesday the entry of U.S. and Russian military units for anti-drug operations in the nation’s territorial waters, which were expanded a year ago by a decision of the International Court of Justice.

Drug interdiction efforts with the U.S. military will be carried out starting Jan. 1 and will continue until June 2014.

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Venezuela’s First TV Announcer Says She is Not Too Old at 100

Venezuela’s First TV Announcer Says She is Not Too Old at 100

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Friends and relatives of Cecilia Martinez, Venezuela’s first television announcer, celebrated her 100th birthday with her on the weekend “although I’m not so old,” she quipped on Tuesday.

“I was spoiled by everyone because I was a little girl when I started in television,” she told the Web site Noticias 24, recalling that she started her media career at age 39 along with Venezuela’s first national broadcast, which commenced in November 1952.

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Hope and Gratitude in the Fight for Immigration Reform: A Reflection

Hope and Gratitude in the Fight for Immigration Reform: A Reflection

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This time last year, I was giving thanks for the possibility of a new start for the immigration debate.

The 2012 presidential election was fresh in everyone’s minds, and various Republican leaders, nursing their wounds from the thrashing they’d received among Latino voters in the election, were speaking about the urgency of passing comprehensive immigration reform. Those Republican leaders included Speaker of the House John Boehner.

It appeared that their defeats at the polls had provoked a moment of introspection, along with promises of bipartisanship.

But perhaps we underestimated the depth of the Republican Party’s commitment to block President Barack Obama’s second-term domestic agenda. We underestimated their near-rabid opposition to Obamacare. And we underestimated their determination to continue to ignore the Latino vote, no matter how badly they need it to retake the White House.

The result: the atmosphere in Washington is so contaminated that at present it’s hard to imagine that any form of bipartisan cooperation is possible.

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Texas Group Touts Bilingual Schooling

The president of the Texas Association for Bilingual Education has issued a warning about the ongoing gap between “Anglo” students and those who have a mother tongue different from English.

“The sad reality is that the majority of schools in this country are educating dramatically below the abilities of children with a different birth language than English,” Pauline Dow told Efe.

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Cuba Looks to Expand Tourism Sector by Permitting Yachts at Its Marinas

Cuba Looks to Expand Tourism Sector by Permitting Yachts at Its Marinas

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Cuba will foster the development of its tourist marinas with facilities for recreational vessels, according to a decree approved by the government and published on Tuesday in the official gazette.

The facilities are the result of a new regulation signed by President Raul Castro aimed at organizing the exploitation of maritime-port services at the country’s marinas, one of Cuba’s efforts to develop its tourist sector.

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Boat Carrying 100 Immigrants Capsizes, Killing 10 Haitians

At least 10 Haitian immigrants died when a sail freighter packed with more than 100 people capsized in Bahamanian waters, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday in a statement.

Units of the Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force were still working to rescue some 100 other migrants who were hurled into the water when the boat foundered near Staniel Cay.

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Mexico Deports U.S.-Born Teen Hitman Responsible for 4 Deaths

Mexico Deports U.S.-Born Teen Hitman Responsible for 4 Deaths

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The teenager arrested in the Mexican state of Morelos in 2010 for belonging to the Pacifico Sur drug cartel and participating in several murders was released from a reformatory Tuesday after completing his sentence and is being deported to the United States, officials said.

Edgar Jimenez Lugo, a 17-year-old known as “El Ponchis” (The Cloak), was released in the early morning hours and “is being transferred to the United States, his country of origin,” Morelos Government Secretary Jorge Messeguer said.

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Injury Prevents Cristiano Ronaldo From Playing in Real Madrid Match

Injury Prevents Cristiano Ronaldo From Playing in Real Madrid Match

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A hamstring injury will keep Cristiano Ronaldo out of Real Madrid’s Champions League match with Galatasaray, Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti said Tuesday.

Cristiano can’t play tomorrow. He has had a very small problem. Tomorrow he begins to work out individually on the field and we’ll see if he can be available Saturday,” Ancelotti told a press conference.

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Authorities Discover 3 More Bodies in Clandestine Graves

Authorities Discover 3 More Bodies in Clandestine Graves

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The search for two federal law enforcement agents who disappeared in western Mexico in early November has led to the discovery of eight clandestine graves containing the remains of 48 people, officials said.

Six more bodies were discovered Monday at the site in La Barca, a city in the western state of Jalisco, but the remains of the two agents have not yet been found, Attorney General’s Office spokesmen told Efe.

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WednesdayNovember 27, 2013