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SundayDecember 1, 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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Colombian Guerrillas Release Kidnapped Engineer After One Year

The National Liberation Army, or ELN, Colombia’s second-largest guerrilla group, on Sunday turned over to a humanitarian commission agricultural engineer Leon Andres Montes Ceballos, whom it had kidnapped last year.

The International Committee of the Red Cross - which was part of the humanitarian mission along with the archbishop of Cali, Monsignor Dario de Jesus Monsalve, and the head of the Jesuit Community in Colombia, Francisco de Roux - reported the release in a communique.

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Miss Universe ‘96-Actress-Singer Alicia Machado Releases New Song

Miss Universe ‘96-Actress-Singer  Alicia Machado Releases New Song

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Actress and 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado is releasing “Incomprendida,” a new pop-rock song this week.

The song, which will be released on Machado’s official Web site on Friday, was written by Diego de Pietri and produced by Jose Miguel Velazquez, who worked with the former beauty queen on her 2005 debut album, “El País de las Maravillas.”

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Blog del Narco: 20th Anniversary of Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar’s Death

Luz Marina Escobar, the sister of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, said in an interview with Efe that she was marking the 20th anniversary of the late Medellin drug cartel leader’s death by visiting his tomb on Sunday and “honoring the victims of drug-related violence, specifically that unleashed by Pablo.”

Escobar said that even though the anniversary of her brother’s death was not until Monday, the events organized to mark his killing by the security forces were taking place on Dec. 1, which would have been his 64th birthday.

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Juan Orlando Hernandez Declared Honduras President, Defeating Former First Lady

Juan Orlando Hernandez Declared Honduras President, Defeating Former First Lady

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Conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez, the candidate of the governing National Party, has been declared the winner of the presidential election held last week in Honduras, election officials said.

Hernandez won 36.8 percent of the vote, while former first lady Xiomara Castro, of the leftist Liberty and Refounding Party, or Libre, garnered 28.79 percent, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, or TSE, said.

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Building in Havana Collapses Under Heavy Rains- Leaves Two Dead

Building in Havana Collapses Under Heavy Rains- Leaves Two Dead

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Two people died when a building collapsed in downtown Havana due to powerful rainstorms that have lashed the northwest coast and central Cuba for over 24 hours, official media said Saturday.

In their preliminary reports on the downpours, authorities said that a 50-year-old man and a woman of 60 were killed in the building where they lived when it collapsed Friday in downtown Havana.

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Weekend Rainfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico Breaks 38-Year Old Record

San Juan on Saturday set a 38-year rainfall record for the date with double the amount of precipitation established in the old record.

On Nov 30, authorities registered 8.53 centimeters (3.36 inches) of rain at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in the capital, the Puerto Rico office of the U.S. National Weather Service said Sunday.

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¡Adios! Elwood – World’s Ugliest Dog Dies at 8 Years Old

Elwood, a Chihuahua and Chinese Crested mix, better known as the “World’s Ugliest Dog” has died suddenly at 8-years-old.

Karen Quigley, the dog’s owner, announced her “beloved” Elwood died in her arms after a brief illness on Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey. 

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5.4 Earthquake Rocks Guerrero, Mexico

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake rocked the coast of Guerrero, a state in southern Mexico, but no injuries or damage were reported, the National Seismology Service said.

The earthquake occurred at 9:20 p.m. Saturday in the Pacific Ocean about 39 kilometers (24 miles) southwest of the city of Zihuatanejo, with the epicenter located at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Arrests Merchants Who Raise Prices Days Before Election

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Arrests Merchants Who Raise Prices Days Before Election

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced new measures in his battle against “speculation” and ordered the arrest of merchants who have raised the prices of their products after being inspected to make sure they had lowered them.

Just 10 days before municipal elections, which the opposition has framed as a referendum on his government, all the nation’s radio and television outlets were obliged to broadcast an appearance by Maduro, surrounded by his entire Cabinet at the Miraflores presidential palace, in which he called for an “economic revolution” to protect the “productive middle class.”

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STUDY:  Head Start Programs Prove Most Beneficial to Latino, Spanish-Speaking Children

A new study proves what many education experts have long suspected: Head Start programs and public pre-kindergarten are beneficial to Latino children.

The research by the University of North Carolina’s Graham Child Development Institute shows that children who have low English-language skills benefit the most from programs like Head Start.  Apparently, Head Start programs lessen the academic gaps between Latino children and their peers.

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Brazilian Officials Launch Fight Against #1 Health Risk-Skin Cancer

Brazilian Officials Launch Fight Against #1 Health Risk-Skin Cancer

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Health authorities and the Brazilian Dermatology Society launched Saturday a nationwide campaign to prevent skin cancer, of which Brazil has some 150,000 cases yearly.

Medical authorities have set up 126 special posts around the country to perform examinations for skin disease, which represents close to 30 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed in the country every year.

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Peru Experienced 20 Earthquakes in November, 200 Annually

Written by Contributor: Jon Stroshine

This week Peru experienced two earthquakes bringing the total to 20 earthquakes this South American country experienced in November.  In July, Peru experienced 30 earthquakes - the highest monthly total in 2013.  The country averages 200 minor earthquakes a year; it will surely surpass that average this year.

The country gets hit with a major quake every six years and is overdue for a major earthquake.  Approximately 3 inches of oceanic crust slides annually beneath the region.

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Guadalajara Inter’l Book Fair Opens Amidst Tight Security, Welcomes Israel as Guest of Honor Country

The Guadalajara International Book Fair, or FIL, opened Saturday in Mexico protected by powerful security measures unlike any seen in previous years, and with Israel as the guest-of-honor country.

Due to the presence of Israeli President Simon Peres, a vast security force was deployed around Expo Guadalajara and neighboring hotels, with some streets closed and vehicles being inspected as they entered two of the principal hotels.

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SundayDecember 1, 2013