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SaturdayDecember 14, 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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Peru Passes Bill to Sell Minority Stake in State Oil Refinery

Peru Passes Bill to Sell Minority Stake in State Oil Refinery

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Peru’s Congress has passed a bill that allows the government to sell an up to 49 percent stake in state oil refiner Petroleos del Peru S.A. to private investors.

The legislation also cleared the way for the modernization of Petroperu’s aging refinery in the northern town of Talara, a project that Congress said would “ensure air quality and public health.”

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South Africa Prepares for Mandela’s Funeral in Ancestral Village

South Africa Prepares for Mandela’s Funeral in Ancestral Village

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The cortege transporting the body of South African former President Nelson Mandela arrived Saturday afternoon in his ancestral village of Qunu, where he will be buried on Sunday.

Mandela’s coffin had been flown earlier in the day from Pretoria, where he had lain in state for three days, to Mthatha, a city in his native Eastern Cape Province.

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Northern Puerto Rican City Says It Is Running Out of Money

Northern Puerto Rican City Says It Is Running Out of Money

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The government of the Puerto Rican city of Arecibo, site of the biggest radio telescope in the world, has just realized it has only enough money to pay its 800 employees for one more month.

“We’ve asked for help from the governor,” Mayor Carlos Molina said Friday.

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Telefonica Considering Legal Action Against Brazil Anti-Trust Regulator

Telefonica Considering Legal Action Against Brazil Anti-Trust Regulator

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Spain’s Telefonica said Friday it may take legal action against Brazil’s anti-trust regulator, which issued a ruling aimed at limiting the telecom giant’s holdings in the South American country.

The CADE anti-trust agency ruled earlier this month that Telefonica may not acquire full control of leading Brazilian wireless company Vivo unless it exits its indirect stake in the country’s No. 2 mobile operator, TIM Brasil, a unit of Telecom Italia.

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Riots Erupt in Mexico City Following Price Hike of Subway Tickets

Riots Erupt in Mexico City Following Price Hike of Subway Tickets

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Fares on the Mexico City subway jumped 66.7 percent after remaining unchanged for years, sparking protests in a least a dozen stations, authorities said.

In a message sent on Twitter, subway operator STC reminded the system’s 4 million riders “that starting today the cost of a ticket is 5 pesos (39 cents), up from 3 pesos (23 cents).”

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Official of Rights Watchdog Agency Murdered in Colombia

Official of Rights Watchdog Agency Murdered in Colombia

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An attorney working for the Colombian Public Ombud’s office in the central province of Meta was fatally shot in Villavicencio, the provincial capital, authorities said Friday.

Emigdio Conde Molina was with his wife Thursday night when two assailants on a motorcycle intercepted him and opened fire, police Col. Wilson Bravo told reporters.

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Plans for Spain’s Eurovegas are Canceled

Plans for Spain’s Eurovegas are Canceled

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Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Friday it had canceled plans to build a massive casino and hotel complex known as Eurovegas after officials here rejected what the Spanish government sees as U.S. tycoon Sheldon Adelson’s “unacceptable” demands.

Spain’s deputy prime minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, said Adelson’s demands, including guarantees against future regulatory shifts affecting the mega-complex or promises of compensation in the event of any such changes, had no legal basis in Spanish or European Union law and therefore could not be met.

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Brazil Power Companies Win Transmission Contracts

A Brazilian power company and a consortium of domestic firms were awarded three of four transmission concessions on offer in a Friday auction.

The winners of the contracts awarded by Brazil’s Aneel electricity industry regulator were Transmissora Aliança de Energia Eletrica S.A., or Taesa, one of the country’s largest electricity transmission companies, and the Transmissão de Energia Brasil consortium, in which Braxenergy has a 70 percent stake and LT Bandeirante Empreendimentos has the remaining 30 percent stake.

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Thousands of Colombians Take to the Street In Support of Ousted Mayor

Thousands of Colombians Take to the Street In Support of Ousted Mayor

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Thousands of people flocked to the Colombian capital’s Bolivar Square on Friday to show support for Mayor Gustavo Petro, ousted this week for alleged mismanagement.

Students, workers, political activists and others converged on the square in processions that originated in 16 different Bogota neighborhoods.

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Cuban Diplomat Says “Normal” Relations with U.S. Still Years Away

Cuban Diplomat Says “Normal” Relations with U.S. Still Years Away

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The normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could take years and will not be resolved during the presidency of Barack Obama, a long-time head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington told the Communist Party daily Granma.

“Some progress is being made” in achieving a rapprochement, Ramon Sanchez Parodi said in an interview published Friday. “The political times favor the elimination of the (U.S. economic) embargo…(but)...it’s not going to happen with Obama.”

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FC Barcelona, Intel Sign 5-year Partnership Agreement

FC Barcelona, Intel Sign 5-year Partnership Agreement

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FC Barcelona and U.S. multinational semiconductor chipmaker Intel have announced a five-year technology partnership agreement.

The terms of the deal are “confidential,” according to the head of Barça’s media and sponsorship division, Manel Arroyo, although media reports indicated the club could receive around $5 million annually from Intel.

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4 Female Sex Workers Gunned Down in Honduras

4 Female Sex Workers Gunned Down in Honduras

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Four women were fatally shot in separate incidents in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Honduran police said Friday.

All four of the victims were sex workers and the killings are thought to be drug-related, a police spokesman told reporters.

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Family of 12 Dies of Carbon Monoxide Asphyxiation in Argentina

Family of 12 Dies of Carbon Monoxide Asphyxiation in Argentina

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Twelve members of the same family were found dead in the northern Argentine province of Jujuy showing signs of asphyxiation from inhaling carbon monoxide, authorities said Friday.

The victims, four of them children, were found in a house in the small town of Caspala by a neighbor who notified the police.

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Over 100 Latino Stars Raise Money for Teleton USA Fundraiser

Over 100 Latino Stars Raise Money for Teleton USA Fundraiser

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More than 100 Hispanic TV stars and celebs are coming together to raise funds and help children with disabilities, cancer and autism under the slogan “Heroes with a Heart,” during the 2nd annual Teleton USA.

Taking part in the telethon benefit are the likes of Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee, Joey Montana, Leslie Grace, Maite Perroni, Manny Manuel, Maribel Guardia, Pee Wee and Wilmer Valderrama.

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SaturdayDecember 14, 2013