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TuesdayDecember 10, 2013

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Record Number of Colombians Seek Visas to Travel to U.S.

A record half a million Colombians this year have requested a U.S. visa and 85 percent of those requests have been approved, the U.S. consulate in Bogota reported after the milestone was reached.

Some 94 percent of the visas granted this year were for tourism and business, along with some 7,000 student visas, the U.S. diplomatic mission said.

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REPORT:  Systematic Mistreatment of Deported Migrants at Hands of U.S. Officials

A recent report exposes a systematic, widespread abuse of immigrants waiting to be deported from the U.S. 

The ‘Bordering on Criminal: the Routine Abuse of Migrants in the Removal System’ report was authored by the Immigration Policy Center along with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.  The report highlights the verbal and physical abuse the migrants endure while in U.S. custody.  The report also notes the chronic theft of the possessions taken from the migrants during processing; possessions that are often not returned to them when they leave U.S. custody.

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Glass Ceiling Breaks in Automotive with General Motors Naming First Female CEO

General Motors on Tuesday announced that 33-year company veteran Mary Barra will replace Dan Akerman as CEO starting on Jan 15.

Barra, a 51-year-old engineer who is currently executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, will be the first woman to lead a major automaker.

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Blog del Narco:  Drug Cartels Move into Human Trafficking

Blog del Narco:  Drug Cartels Move into Human Trafficking

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According to the latest report, “The Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean”  (CATWLAC), trafficking in women and girls for sexual exploitation in Mexico is a $10 billion business.

According to the report there are four cartels that have entered human trafficking business: the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, Nuevo Milenio and the Knights Templar, said Teresa Ulloa, director CATWLAC.

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HELP US:  Locate Parents of Toddler Found Alone in NM Desert Near Border Fence

HELP US:  Locate Parents of Toddler Found Alone in NM Desert Near Border Fence

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New Mexico authorities and the Mexican Consulate’s office are seeking help in trying to locate the parents or relatives of a toddler they found wondering the desolate New Mexico desert Saturday night.

U.S. Border Patrol was alerted via heat sensor to activity near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, New Mexico.  Sunland Park borders El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
When they went to investigate, they saw a man and a boy had crossed into the U.S. via a hole in the border fence they had made.  The man who reportedly is the boys uncle immediately fled further south into Mexico when authorities arrived on the scene. 

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BLOG DEL NARCO: Mexican Authorities Arrest 3 Men Linked to 200 Murders, Kidnappings

Three members of a criminal organization were arrested by the Federal Police in the western state of Jalisco in connection with more than 200 murders, as well as kidnappings and extortion, the Mexican National Security Commission said Tuesday.

Felipe Viveros Garcia, 30, Jose Bernabe Lopez Alcaraz, 43, and Froylan Barrera Morales, 40, allegedly committed “the crimes of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, extortion, murder and arms trafficking and possession,” the commission said in a statement.

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Fire in Brazil Shantytown Leave 250 Families Homeless

About 250 families had to abandon their homes due to a fire of unknown origin that spread on Tuesday across several city blocks in Paraisopolis, a shantytown here in Brazil’s largest city, authorities said.

The blaze, which left no known casualties, began about 4 a.m. and spread rapidly through the rickety houses jammed into the poor neighborhood given that many of them are made of highly flammable material, the Sao Paulo fire department said.

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Mexico’s Auto Production Hits Record Levels

Production of light vehicles hit a record level during the January-November period, rising 2.4 percent, compared to the same period in 2012, the Mexican Automotive Industry Association, or AMIA, said.

Vehicle exports set a record during both the first 11 months of the year, with a 2.8 percent increase, and in November, when they rose 2.3 percent, the AMIA said in a statement.

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HISTORIC:  Obama and Raul Castro Meet and Greet at Nelson Mandela Memorial

U.S. President Barack Obama, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff and Cuban leader Raul Castro were among the speakers at a massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela.  Obama and Castro shook hands and chatted briefly and awkwardly.

Close to 100 heads of state and government attended Tuesday’s observance at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

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Cuban Government Resumes Consular Services, At Least for Now

The Cuban Interests Section in Washington will temporarily resume providing consular services in the United States, which it had suspended because it could not find a bank to use due to restrictions linked to Uncle Sam’s economic embargo, government-run media reported here on Monday.

The resumption of services, through Feb. 17, comes after M&T Bank, which serves both the interest section and Cuba’s U.N. mission in New York, granted a postponement until March 1 of the closure of the diplomatic mission’s accounts in the United States.

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Nuclear Theft Suspects Held Without Bail, Teen Thief to be State’s Witness

A Mexican federal judge on Monday ordered five of the six people arrested last week in connection with the theft of a truck carrying nuclear material held for at least 40 days.

Four of the suspects are thought to have taken part in the theft, while the fifth bought the stolen truck, a source in the Mexican Attorney General’s Office told Efe.

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TuesdayDecember 10, 2013