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SundayDecember 15, 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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11 State Legislatures Approve Mexico Energy Reforms

11 State Legislatures Approve Mexico Energy Reforms

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Eleven of Mexico’s state legislatures have approved the energy overhaul approved by Congress, with the approval of just six more state legislatures needed to allow the reforms to move forward.

The legislatures of Chiapas, Campeche, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Sonora, Veracruz, Queretaro, Mexico state, Hidalgo, Durango and Jalisco approved the energy industry overhaul on Friday and Saturday.

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80 Percent of Peruvians Feel Discrimination is Rampant

Written by Contributor: Jon Stroshine

You might not think of Peru as a nation facing a human rights crisis.  But statistics don’t lie.

Eighty-one percent of Peruvians believe that “discrimination happens all the time and no one does anything,” according to a Peruvian Justice Ministry survey released earlier this week.  Just over thirty-five percent of Peruvians feel they have been discriminated against at some time, according to the survey.

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Stevie Wonder Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela at Show in Sao Paulo

Stevie Wonder Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela at Show in Sao Paulo

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U.S. pop music star Stevie Wonder thrilled concertgoers in Sao Paulo on the weekend with a show at which he honored the memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 and to whom the singer dedicated his number “Keep Our Love Alive.”

“It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white or yellow, peace is the only way,” Wonder said, adding in reference to Mandela that “if you love God, whatever God it is, the only thing you want is peace.”

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Mexican Police Discover 10 Burned Bodies in Vehicle

Ten burned bodies were found in an SUV in Santiago Juxtlahuaca, a city in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, along with another body that had gunshot wounds, officials said.

The bodies were discovered on Saturday, the Oaxaca Attorney General’s Office said.

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ALARMING: Deadly Fungus Killing South America’s Frogs

A new environmental study has found that a deadly fungus is killing the frogs of South America, specifically those living in the Andes.

Researcher working in the Peruvian Andes identified ‘batrachochytrium dendrobatidis’ known as the chytrid fungus or Bd, as the culprit decimating frog populations in the world’s largest mountain range.  Chytrid is a skin fungus that causes a lethal infection in the frogs ultimately causing death by cardiac arrest.

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Chile Holds Presidential Run-Off Election

Chile Holds Presidential Run-Off Election

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Chile is holding its presidential run-off election on Sunday, with former President Michelle Bachelet and conservative Evelyn Matthei vying to be the South American country’s next head of state.

The polls opened at 8:00 a.m., with officials reporting delays due to unprepared election workers at the country’s approximately 2,000 polling places.

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John Leguizamo Lends His Voice to “Walking with Dinosaurs”

John Leguizamo Lends His Voice to “Walking with Dinosaurs”

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Actor John Leguizamo is bringing a Latin voice to “Walking with Dinosaurs,” providing the voice for “Alex,” one of the Hispanic stars of the animated film.

The film is based on the recent discovery of the fossils of dinosaurs given the name “Alexornis” that inhabited what is today Mexico.

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Billboard Names Bruno Mars Artist of the Year

Billboard Names Bruno Mars Artist of the Year

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The singer of Puerto Rican descent, Bruno Mars, closes the year 2013 as Artist of the Year, according to the music industry magazine Billboard, another honor added to his four Grammy nominations and the resounding hit of his world tour.

“Between the timeless quality of his music and the precision spectacle of his TV and stage performances, Mars is on track to become that seemingly rare industry entity: a career artist,” says Billboard in an article about the musician, who made the cover of a the magazine’s special best-artists edition.

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Soccer Great Cristiano Ronaldo Launches Own Social Network: Viva Ronaldo

Soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo is not like mere mortals that settle for a Facebook page or Twitter account – he has launched his own social network.

The network called ‘Viva Ronaldo’ will feature all things Ronaldo including exclusive content about the Real Madrid forward.  The app is billed as the place where Ronaldo’s “true fans belong.”  It is available for the iPhone and Android devices. 

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Argentina Arrests 9 Cops For Alleged Role in Looting

Argentina Arrests 9 Cops For Alleged Role in Looting

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Nine law-enforcement officers were arrested Saturday in the northern Argentine province of Tucuman for their alleged role in looting that occurred amid a police strike, judicial officials said.

The police are accused of collaborating in or instigating the looting of commercial establishments in Tucuman on Monday and Tuesday while officers were on strike to press demands for pay hikes, the official Telam news agency reported.

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“Lawrence of Arabia” Star and Eight Time Best Actor Nominee: Peter O’Toole Dies at 81

“Lawrence of Arabia” Star and Eight Time Best Actor Nominee: Peter O’Toole Dies at 81

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The agent of screen giant Peter O’Toole has confirmed the British actor has died at age 81.

The star of “Lawrence of Arabia” died Saturday night at a London hospital after a long illness. The prolific actor was best known for his role as T.E. Lawrence in “Lawrence of Arabia” in 1962. He appeared in many other notable films such as “My Favorite Year,” “The Lion in Winter,” and “Man of La Mancha.”

He continued to work into his later years of life recently starring in “Ratatouille” and ‘The Tudors.” O’Toole officially retired in 2012. He was nominated eight times for an Oscar for best actor but never won; the Academy granted him an honorary Oscar in 2003. His last nomination for best actor came in 2006 for “Venus.”

The actor had overcome stomach cancer in the 1970’s.

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Mexico Honors Colombian Writer Alvaro Mutis

Mexico Honors Colombian Writer Alvaro Mutis

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Mexico is paying homage to late Colombian author Alvaro Mutis (1923-2013), a major Latin American literary figure, with a three-day colloquium in this capital.

The seminar titled “With All Dreams Intact,” which began Friday and runs through Sunday, has brought together Mexican and Colombian fiction and non-fiction writers and poets to discuss Mutis’ legacy at Mexico City’s National Center for the Arts.

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Real Madrid Versus Osasuna Ends in Tie

Real Madrid Versus Osasuna Ends in Tie

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Real Madrid suffered a setback in its pursuit of La Liga leaders FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, playing to a 2-2 draw here Saturday against Osasuna.

Los Blancos came out strong in the early going at El Sadar Stadium but they paid dearly for their inability to convert scoring opportunities, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s squandering of a one-on-one chance against Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.

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Ricky Martin Expresses Interest in Marrying Partner in Spain

Ricky Martin Expresses Interest in Marrying Partner in Spain

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When Ricky Martin obtained Spanish citizenship two years ago, it was speculated to be his first step toward an imminent wedding with partner Carlos Gonzalez, a rumor that went nowhere as the months went by and he expressly denied it in all his interviews…up to now.

“If I were going to marry, I’d love to do it in Spain - there are some spectacular settings for having a great formal wedding,” the singer told Efe on his latest visit to Madrid, insisting there had been truth in those earlier comments and on the reason why he applied for citizenship in this country, where same-sex marriage has been legalized.

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Another Construction Worker Dies At World Cup Stadium in Brazil

Another Construction Worker Dies At World Cup Stadium in Brazil

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A laborer died Saturday when he fell from a height of 35 meters (115 feet) while installing floodlights on the roof of the Arena de la Amazonia stadium in Manaus, one of the 12 host cities of the 2014 World Cup, the construction company said.

“We repeat the commitment we assumed for the safety of all our workers. Legal measures are being taken with the competent authorities. We deeply regret this accident and are giving every assistance to the worker’s family,” the Andrade Gutierrez company said in a communique.

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Mexican Senate OKs Anti-Corruption, Electoral-Reform Bills

Mexican Senate OKs Anti-Corruption, Electoral-Reform Bills

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Mexican senators approved separate bills that would create an anti-corruption watchdog and allow for the re-election of federal and state lawmakers and mayors.

With a vote of 111-2 with two abstentions, the senators on Friday passed in general and specific terms the anti-corruption bill, which amends nearly a dozen articles of Mexico’s charter. The measure now goes to the lower house.

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Bogota’s Biggest Market Partially Destroyed by Fire

Bogota’s Biggest Market Partially Destroyed by Fire

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A raging fire reduced to ashes 80 grocers’ stalls in a Bogota market, government officials said, adding that no one was killed or injured by the spreading blaze.

Bogota’s government secretary, Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo, told reporters that the flames consumed 80 grocers’ businesses in the Plaza de Paloquemao, Bogota’s biggest market.

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SundayDecember 15, 2013